Pam Pack finish strong at East Regional Championships

Published 2:53 pm Tuesday, February 4, 2014




The Washington swim team walked into the Triangle Aquatic Center Monday morning with high expectations and the unwavering confidence they’ve exhibited all season to face off against some of Eastern North Carolina’s top swimmers.

Despite winning just one event, the 200-yard medley relay, the Pam Pack girls team collectively earned enough points from high individual finishes to place fourth out of 16 overall. The boys team failed to win an event, but six top-five finishes elevated them to a fourth place as well.

“I’m very proud of all them and couldn’t of asked for anything more,” said Head Coach Spencer Pake. “To ask these guys to go without practice for almost a whole week, get in the water, record best times and break school records is phenomenal. It’s beyond me.”

For the men, N.C. Science & Math’s 477 points were enough to win the championship and edge second-place Carrboro by 126 points. On the women’s side, Raleigh Charter took the championship, beating second-place Carrboro by a commanding 198-point margin.

Washington’s standout freshman swimmer Kevin Andrews’ second-place finishes solidified his spot in the 2A State Championship on Thursday at the Triangle Aquatic Center. His times of 1:49.68 in the 200-yard freestyle and 55.28 in the 100-yard backstroke were good enough for new Washington school records. The men’s relay teams, as well as Megan Baldwin in the 50-yard freestyle, also broke school records.

“It was some very fast swimming,” said Pake. “I’m hoping they can make it even faster on Thursday.”

Joining Andrews at states will be teammates Eric Lovenberg, Tony Lovenberg, Robert Sandy, A.J. Howard and Justin Clark.

Baldwin, Lanie Godley and Chandler Beach will represent the Pam Pack girls in the state championship.

“I expect them to swim well,” said Pake. “I hope they keep that level of intensity going, and we’ll just ride this train all the way into states.”