CFNN Reporter Gabby Autry and Ansley Wilkerson

On Tuesday, January 11, 2022 The Cape Fear boys and girls swam in dominating fashion as they defeated Terry Sanford and Pine Forest in their fourth meet of the season. 

With the clock ticking, the Cape Fear swim team managed to win 10 events. After the results of the All American swim meet were finalized, Cape Fear had the highest score of 778, beating second place by more than 300 points and dominating the competition. Casey Fitch won the girls 200 yard Individual Medley (IM) and Nicholas Shook won the boys 200 yard IM. Nicholas Shook also won the boys 100 yard backstroke. Cape Fear’s captain for the girls team, Lakin Williams, placed first in the girls 50 yard freestyle. Mary Catherine Shook, a freshman, won the girls 100 yard backstroke and the girls 100 yard butterfly. First year swimmer Alden Bostic, won the boys 50 yard freestyle. Hunter Anderson finished first in the boys 100 yard freestyle. Alex Bridges, a freshman, dominated the boys 100 yard butterfly. 

“Preparing for a race in swimming forces me to nit pick every action I perform before a race because everything happens so quickly,” said Bostic after his race. “I have to make sure all of my movements are perfect so that I swim as fast as I possibly can.”

Lily Brinker (Left) and Mary-Catherine Shook (Right) cheer on their teammate during their relay race.

Amy Shook has been the Cape Fear swim coach for six years and loves every bit of it. She has a terrific background with swimming, she went D1 at the University of Miami where she met her husband who also was a D1 swimmer. Everything she learned from college, she has implemented into drills and practices to help Cape Fears swim team make a huge splash at all their events. 

Her swimmers get very stressed at times, especially with 5 am practices and long drives to meets. It’s a huge commitment and very time consuming. However, these swimmers are very disciplined, and willing to put in the work they need to become better. Mrs. Shook said that although they won their swim meet, there will always be room for improvement to make them better and faster swimmers. 

Under the leadership and coaching of Mrs. Amey Shook, the swim team has celebrated many individual  and team competitions. Varsity swim is a popular sport here at Cape Fear High School. If you are fortunate enough to get a ticket, you will have a sporting experience like no other. 

Alden Bostic watching his opponents warming up.

“We keep working hard every day to improve ourselves to become the best swimmers we can be,” said Coach Shook. “We have to have maximum effort at every practice to keep improving.”

Make sure you come out to Smith Field and support your Cape Fear Colts this Saturday, January 29th as they face off against every team in the United Eight and fight for the Conference Championship!