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Whitecaps mix fun with success in the pool

The Washington Whitecaps wrapped up the summer swim season with a fourth place finish in the nine-team state meet last weekend in Tarboro.

Tarboro Swim Club hosted and won the event, with Ayden Golf & Country Club second, Aquaventure from Winterville third ahead of the Whitecaps.

“It was a great way to end our season and I’m proud of all of them,” coach Darah Cole said. “Summer league is all about introducing the new kids to the sport of swimming and helping the more experienced ones improve. I think we accomplished both.”

The Whitecaps found success in the 8u boys division as Brandon Ward won the 25-yard breaststroke and the 100 individual medley. Cole Blanks won the 25 freestyle and backstroke and teamed with Brayden Capehart, Wren Tyson and Ward to win the 100 relay. Tyson was second in the 25 backstroke and freestyle while Capehart was third in the 25-butterfly.

Miller Tyson took second in the 12u 50-backstroke and butterfly and was third in the 50-freestyle.

Evan White won the 50-butterfly and finished third in the 50-freestyle and 100-individual medley.

Austin Waters joined Connor Lewis and Ty Cole on the second place 16u 400-relay team.

Aubrey Woolard led the girls with first place finishes in the 12u 100-individual medley, 50-free and 50-butterfly, while Avry Midgette won the 12u 50-breaststroke.

Palyn Simmons won the 10u 50-butterfly and was second in the 50-free, while Anna Brey Pake took third in the 50-freestyle and breaststroke. Fellow 10u Aubrey Makepeace was third in the 50-butterfly.

Delta Cole led the 16U girls with second place finishes in the 100-individual medley, the 50-freestyle and the 50-backstroke.

“They were all fun to coach because they were willing to learn and work hard to improve,” Cole said. “Some of them started the season not taking practice seriously, but they got excited to compete and that changed.

We always found ways to have fun and practices and meets were never boring around this bunch. I hope they all come back next summer.”