Woolard will swim twice at state meet

Published 1:14 pm Sunday, February 4, 2024

Washington High School sophomore Aubrey Woolard qualified for Friday’s 2A state swim meet in two events in Saturday’s 1A/2A East Regional at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary.
Woolard tied for first place in the 50-yard freestyle with Nash Central’s Kristina Chudikova as both swimmers touched the wall in 25.51 seconds.
Woolard finished second, three seconds behind Chudikova in the 100-freestyle in 56.78.
The top six finishers in each event in the three state-wide regionals qualify for the state meet Friday at the same pool in Cary along with the next six fastest times regardless of region.
Woolard’s time in the 50-freestyle was part of a three-way tie for sixth best state-wide and 1.75 seconds off the top overall time.
She had the eighth best overall in the 100-frestyle, five seconds off the top time.
This is Woolard’s second trip to the state meet in the 50-freestyle and her first time in the 100. She was ninth last year.
Other Pam Pack regional competitors included the seventh place 200 freestyle relay team of Woolard, Lydia Smith, Kathryn Gautier and Eva Hill. The same four also finished 10th in the 400-freestyle relay. Smith was 15th in the 200 individual medley and 23rd in the 100-backstroke, while Gautier was 21st in the 100-breaststroke. Washington finished 11th behind Raleigh Charter in the girls team competition.
On the boys side, Southside senior Ty Cole finished 10th in the 100-backstroke and 13th in the 100-freestyle. Washington’s Gabe Niederhouser was 21st in the 100-freestyle and teamed with Keenan Curtis, Wayland Mitchell and Adam Mizelle to finish 12th in the 400-freestyle relay.
Southside was 21st in the boys competition, one spot ahead of Washington. The North Carolina School of Science and Math won the boys regional.