Campbell, Forsyth eye state finals

Watauga swimmers Ella Campbell, left, and Caroline Forsyth will swim in the state 3-A championships in Cary on Feb. 8.

CHARLOTTE — Watauga’s Ella Campbell and Caroline Forsyth will swim in the North Carolina 3-A state finals Feb. 8 at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary.

The preliminaries are at 9 a.m. Should Campbell and Forsyth advance, they will swim in the finals, which are at 4:45 p.m. that day.

Campbell qualified for the state 50-freestyle race by taking seventh in the western 3-A regional meet held at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center Feb. 3. Campbell finished with a time of 24.97. Campbell also finished 13th in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:10.90, but did not qualify for the state meet in the event.

Her teammate, Caroline Forsyth, did qualify for the state meet in the 100-breaststroke by finishing eighth. Her time was 1:08.34.

“Caroline Forsyth and Ella Campbell both qualified in one event, but in the other regions, all of our female swims would have qualified,” Watauga coach David Gragg said. “That’s just the way is happens. They should be pleased with their efforts. We learned ourselves this season and know what we need to do next year to get better.”

Watauga’s 200-relay team, comprised of Josie Herring, Campbell, Grace Horine and Forsyth, just missed qualifying for the state meet. Their time of 1:48.91 was ninth overall. Forsyth also finished 10th in the 100-freestyle with a time of 56.06, and Watauga’s 200-medley relay team of Herring, Campbell, Forsyth and Horine finished 13th overall with a time of 2:02.55.

Watauga’s girls’ team finished with 53 points, which was good for 11th. Charlotte Catholic won the girls’ meet with 403.5 points. Watauga finished in front of NWC rivals St. Stephens, which was 12th with 52 points and Freedom, which was 13th with 50.5 points. Hickory was 14th with 49 points and Alexander Central was 22nd with seven points.

Watauga’s Jacob Woody finished 18th in the boys’ 100-backstroke with a time of 1:03.39. Marvin Ridge won the overall boys’ competition with 380 points.

“I thought we swam really well,” Gragg said. “There were some remarkable swims. It just happened we are in the fastest 3-A region.”

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