by Becky Kimbrell-Norris
CARY — Both the girls and boys swim teams at Rolesville High School finished in fourth place during a meet Nov. 26 at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary.
The Rams finished behind teams from Garner, Cary and East Wake High Schools.
“I am very proud of how hard our swimmers swam,” said Rams swim coach Les Turner. “This was our very first meet that every swimmer on the team was part of the action.”
“We did have a few swimmers that had strong results,” Turner added.
Two of those swimmers were Nate Bettinghaus and Jordan Reeves.
Bettinghaus swam to a third place finish in the boys 200-freestyle in 2:29.22 and was fourth in the backstroke in 1:16.07. He was also a member of the boys 400-freestyle relay team, which included teammates Andrew Caywood, Camden Willis and Griffen Colucci. They placed fifth with a time of 5:01.6.
Reeves swam solid in the girls 200-freestyle, finishing third in 2:30.22 and fourth in the girls 500-freestyle, 6:43.34.
The Rams’ Colucci took fifth place in the boys 500-yard freestyle and the boys 100-yard freestyle events, in 28.07 and 1:04.29, respectively.
The boys 200-freestyle relay team of Rolesville placed fifth in 2:30.63 and included swimmers Willis, Walker, Caywood and Jonathan Desper.
“Whenever a smaller team likes ours goes against larger teams, the end results never match how hard the individual swimmer worked,” Turner said.
“As a team, we may not have been able to pull ahead of the other schools, but we had swimmers with times faster than each of the other three schools,” he went on to say. “As the team grows each meet and each year, we will only become more competitive.”