Washington swim team suits up for regionals

Published 12:42 pm Thursday, January 30, 2014




After one of their most successful seasons in the pool, the Pam Pack swim team has 17 swimmers, along with six alternates, headed to the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, N.C. to compete in the regional swim meet. The meet, originally scheduled for Saturday, will take place on Monday afternoon.

“I was very pleased with the number of athletes that got in,” said Head Coach Spenser Pake. “I had a couple that missed it by just a second or so, maybe even less than a second. I was a little disappointed for them, but they’re still going to make the trip with us.”

For the boys, Eric Lovenberg, Tony Lovenberg, Kevin Andrews, AJ Howard, Mason Beach, Daniel Crozier, Justin Clark, Dillon Wood, Robert Sandy and Peter Birdsong locked up spots in this year’s meet with regionally competitive times, while Megan Baldwin, Chandler Beach, Rylee Anderson, Amy Arnold, Warner Little, Sidney Harris and Laney Godley secured spots for the girls. The alternatives and relay members selected were Christian Crompton, Luke Ainsworth, Robert Mayo, Isabelle Mayo, Rebecca Omonde and Carly Buckman.

“This year is the best the boys team has ever been,” said Pake. “We have four freshman, but they’re helping lead the way. They’re talented freshman. As the get older and grow, they’ll definitely become faster and stronger, but right now, they’re contributing in a big way.”

Eight of the Pam Pack boys swimmers were seated in the top-five in their respective events, including all three relays. The girls will have five events seated in the top-five with Megan Baldwin coming in at second in both of her individual swims.

“The goal is to make the top-12 swimmers in every event and get as many into the state meet as we can,” said Pake. “I’m expecting the boys team to be a top-five team in a region. The girls should definitely be able to place in the top-10. I’m not saying we can win the region, but we’ll give a good run at it.”

The pool at the Triangle Aquatic Center will be made available to swimmers at 9 a.m.. The meet is expected to kick-off around 10:15 a.m.