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ROCKY MOUNT — Behind five first-place finishes, the Hunt High boys swim team, defending 3-A Big East Conference champions, opened the 2019-20 swimming season intent on driving toward its fourth straight conference championship after the opening league meet of the season at Harrison Family YMCA on Thursday.
The Warriors used a trio of individual victories and two relays to amass 160 points, which was 43 points ahead of their next closest Big East competitor in Rocky Mount. Nash Central, out of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, was second with 146 while Roanoke Rapids notted 126 points.
Following were Southern Nash (69), Fike (68), Tarboro (58), Northern Nash (45), Franklinton (40), SouthWest Edgecombe (33) and Beddingfield (1).
Ethan Maddrey had a hand in four of the five first-place showings for Hunt, winning the 100-yard butterfly in 55.16 and the 100 backstroke in 56.68.
He teamed with Sanjeev Francis, Dante Gaetano and Nolan Parrish in the 200 medley relay to win in a time of 1:50.03, while Maddrey, Francis, Ben Tong and Ethan Martinez captured the 400 free relay in 3:48.47.
Sanjeev Francis was first to the wall in the 100 breaststroke, finishing in 1:11.08.
Tong tacked on a pair of second-place showings in the 200 and 500 freestyles and Francis was second in the 200-yard individual medley. Ryo Nakaya turned in the only top-three showings for the Fike boys, placing second in both the 50 free and 100 butterfly. Hunt’s Ethan Martinez was third in both the 200 and 500 freestyles.
An one-two finish from Kaiya Patton and Akari Nakaya in the 100-yard backstroke paced the Fike girls to their runner-up team finish.
Rocky Mount prevailed with 212 points, followed by Fike (143), Nash Central (107), SouthWest Edgecombe (90), Northern Nash (78), Southern Nash (75), Roanoke Rapids (59), Hunt (52), Franklinton (30), Beddingfield (23) and Tarboro (12).
Roanoke Rapids competes in the 2-A Northern Carolina Conference, while Tarboro is affiliated with the 1-A Coastal Plains Conference.
Patton prevailed in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:11.74, while Nakaya emerged the runner-up at 1:18.91.
Also posting top-three finishes for the Lady Golden Demons were the 400 freestyle relay of Isabel Twiss, Chandler Hill, Morgan Harold and Nakaya, third; the 200 freestyle relay of Patton, Chandler Hill, Kate Berry and Catharine Hill, second; Patton, second in the 100 freestyle; Catharine Hill, third in the 100 freestyle and second in the 50 freestyle; and Patton, Nakaya, Berry and Catharine Hill, second in the 200 medley relay.
Southern Nash’s Marley Winstead placed second in the 200 freestyle, with Hunt’s Brinley Warren third.
SouthWest’s Berlyn Perdoma ruled the 200 individual medley in 2:29.36, and also won the 100 butterfly in 1:10.67. Emma Rogers of SouthWest salvaged third in the 50 freestyle. The SouthWest quartet of Emma Rogers, Lizzie
Johnson, Lillian Rogers and Perdoma wound up third in the 200 freestyle relay.
Beddingfield’s Annie Greene claimed second in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 200 individual medley.