By Becky Kimbrell-Norris
RALEIGH — Heritage High School’s womens swim team opened their 2013 season and made history by capturing their very first victory.
The Husky girls swam to first place in Monday’s meet at North Carolina State University’s Aquatic Center and placed ahead of Clayton, Sanderson and Wake Forest.
In the boy’s event, Heritage finished in second place, just 13 points from Sanderson, which won the meet. Clayton and Wake Forest were third and fourth, respectively.
“I was sincerely impressed with the team,” said Heritage swim coach Priscilla Overton. “They have been working very hard and it shows by their performances in the pool.”
“This was the perfect way to open the season and I can’t wait to see just what they can do toward the end,” she added.
The Heritage swimmers started off the meet by winning both the mens and womens 200-yard medley relays.
Caroline Knowles, Ally Davis, Brie McGhee and Haley Bennison were the fastest team, finishing in 1:59.52.
The Husky mens team of Stephen Tresslar, Gabe Nugent, Robert Horvath and Miles Saunders won in 1:44.93.
Heritage continued to swim strong in the next event; the 200-yard free relay and the womens team of McGhee, Bennison, Davis and Knowles had a winning time and a new school record of 1:51.19.
Saunders, Horvath, Nugent and Tresslar swam in the mens relay and their time of 1:33.91 was good enough for second place and also set a new school mark.
Wake Forest’s team of Sam Howell, Emma Isley, MacKenzie Wahl and Cassidy Amandsen took third place in 1:56.63.
Isley also swam to second place in the womens 50-yard freestyle, 26.39 and the womens 100-yard butterfly, 1:04.87.
Horvath was a triple winner and was the fastest swimmer in the mens 200 individual medley, 2:14.91; the 100-yard backstroke, 57.40 and the 100-yard butterfly, 55.64.
He also placed second in the mens 500-yard freestyle in 5:12.72.
Saunders placed first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.83.
In the girl’s races, Heritage was led by Knowles, who won both of her individual events. She was first in the 100-yard backstroke, 1:02.53 and in the 500-yard freestyle, 5:26.87, setting a new school record.
Bennison came in first in the womens 100-yard freestyle in 58.82.
Other top finishers included Davis, who was second in the womens 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:17.07. She also took third place in the womens 200-yard individual medley in 2:30.35.
McGhee posted third place in the womens 100-yard backstroke, finishing in 1:11.97.
In the mens 100-yard breaststroke, Nugent came in second with a time of 1:07.47 and was third in the mens 100-yard freestyle, 52.67.
Heritage’s team of Peyton Cabot, Connor Hellman, Lake Rouse and Christopher finished second in the mens 400 freestyle relay in 3:53.13.