Lily Terwilliger, CFNN Swim Reporter

On Thursday the Cape Fear Men’s Swimming team earned an unexpected victory to begin the season in their first meet. Their biggest rival in the pool was Pine Forest; however, they managed to secure the win by 23 points.

The meet began as Vinny Zerhoudi, Ethan Smith, Seth Thomas, and Nicholas Shook swam in the 200 Yard Medley Relay. They clinched second place about 5 seconds after Pine Forest, securing 34 points for the team. Their time of 2:03.97 also qualified them for regionals.

Seth Thomas, Mark Burks and Jackson Autry postup for pictures

The next boys event was brought Jackson Autry and newcomer Jake Gronowski to the pool in the 200 Yard Freestyle. Autry finished third with a time of 2:27.26, about 8 seconds behind his rival Alex Hickman from Pine Forest. Gronowski came in fourth with a time of 2:42.68 securing 15 points.

In the boys 200 Yard IM, Seth Thomas and Hudson McFayden secured 2nd and 3rd place. Thomas placed second with a time of 2:41.90, qualifying himself for regionals. McFayden finished third with a time of 3:02.40 securing 16 points.

The Colts took 1st and 2nd place in the 50 Yard Freestyle, securing the maximum amount of points for the team. Nick Shook, a newcomer to the team, secured 1st place with a time of 25.64, qualifying himself for regionals. Ethan Smith, a swimmer from Miami, followed closely, finishing .22 seconds behind Shook with a time of 25.86.

In the boys 100 Yard Butterfly, Vinnie Zerhoudi and Hudson McFayden came in 1st and 4th place respectively. Zerhoudi, a new athlete to Cape Fear, came in 1st with a time of 1:05.33, qualifying himself for regionals. McFayden came in 4th place with a time of 1:22.16.

Nick Shook learning the ropes

In the 100 Yard Freestyle, Nick Shook and Jed Coon secured points for the team coming in 2nd and 4th place respectively. Shook came in 2nd with a time of 59.40, qualifying himself for regionals. Coon, a new swimmer who received a captains duck for being a hard worker, came in 4th with a time of 1:09.41, securing 15 points for his team.

The grueling 500 Yard Freestyle was swam by Autry and Ben Brinker who came in 2nd and 4th place respectively. Autry came in 2nd place with a time of 7:02.99 earning 17 points. Brinker, a sophomore on the team, came in 4th with a time of 8:38.25, earning 15 points.

In the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay our Colts, Smith, Thomas, Shook, and Verhoudi secured a first place win with a time of 1:46.15. This time qualifies them for regionals.

The 100 Yard Backstroke was swam by Zerhoudi and Coon, where they secured 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Zerhoudi came in 2nd place with a time of 1:14.95, qualifying himself for regionals. Coon came in 3rd with a time of 1:25.74, earning 16 points.

A successful 100 Yard Breaststroke left Thomas and Smith with qualifying times for regionals. Thomas came in second with a time of 1:21.34 and Smith came in third with a time of 1:22.33.

In the last race of the meet, the boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay secured a second place win and a time that qualifies for regionals. Gronowski, McFayden, Coon, and Autry had a collective time of 4:42.40.

Hudson McFayden swims like a cheetah.

Hype man Hudson McFayden after the meet commented, “We won thanks to our fresh sweat suits, parkas, and caps.” He then proceeded to yell to the crowd, “WE SWIM LIKE CHEETAHS!” An inside joke to the boys swim team. 

On a more serious note, come out and support the swim team in their meet at FSU on Thursday as they take on the Terry Sanford Bulldogs.