O’Neal girls varsity swimming wins championship

The O’Neal varsity boys and girls swim teams made quite the splash at last Monday’s Tri-TAC conference meet. The Falcons saw PRs and first-place finishes throughout the meet from relays to individual events. The girls showed dominance, winning the conference championship by over 100 points. The boys fought hard, coming in as conference runners-up.

The Tri-TAC conference meet featured fellow conference schools Trinity School, Burlington Christian, and Carolina Friends. The Falcons kicked off the meet by winning the girl’s 200-yard medley relays and finishing second in the boy’s 200-yard medley relay. Also joining the relay victories was the girl’s 200-yard freestyle relay.

The Falcons saw multiple first-place finishes, including Victoria York in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke, Michaela Stone in the 50-yard freestyle, Lauren Hobbs in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke, and Colette Lovsin in the 200-yeard IM.

In addition, the Falcons placed five swimmers on the Tri-TAC all-conference team: Lauren Hobbs, Colette Lovsin, Jordin Reed, Michaela Stone, and Victoria York.

Head Coach Jen Schmitz reflected on the meet, “Both teams had a great conference meet! Everyone is excited to focus on their state meet events and prepare for fast swimming at the state championship. Now it’s time to fine-tune the details and prepare mentally for fast swims!”

The Falcons will use the next week for final tune-ups in preparation for the NCISAA state meet. The NCISAA Division 3 State Championship meet will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at the Triangle Aquatic Center.

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