Ansley Wilkerson & Gabby Autry

On January 28, the Cape Fear swim team dove into the conference tournament. Expectations were high for both the boys and the girls teams. When the splashing stopped, the girls finished at the top of the United 8 Conference, and the boys notched a third place finish. Impressive performances by both teams

During a swim meet, there are 24 events held in total. For the Girls Swim Team, Mary Catherine Shook and Casey Finch made major contributions for the Colts. Shook, winner of the 100 yard backstroke and the 400 yard freestyle relay, was particularly impressive at the meet. 

“Winning the conference really showed how much our time in the pool has paid off,” said Shook after the meet.

Casey Finch, winner of an amazing three events, the 200 yard medley relay, the 500 yard freestyle, and the 400 yard freestyle relay, was equally impressive and a huge factor in the championship.

“Everyone did their absolute best, and I have to give a big part of the girls conference win to all the girls whose hard work and dedication have gotten us through this amazing swim season,” said Finch

Above Kaitlyn Keen smiles for the camera. Photo credit: Alexis Fowler

The girls team as a whole did an excellent job at the meet. Lakin Williams placed 1st in the 200 yard freestyle and 2nd in the hundred yard freestyle. In the 200 yard IM Dylan Sneed placed 2nd and lily Brinker placed 3rd. Dylan and Lily both also placed in the 100 yard backstroke. Lily placed 2nd and Dylan placed 1st. Catherine Sexton placed 2nd in the 500 freestyle and 3rd in the 100 yard butterfly. 

Kaitlyn Keen placed 2nd in the 200 yard freestyle and 3rd in the 100 yard freestyle. She also won the Coaches award.  “I was honestly surprised, I didn’t even know I was up for the award,” she said after the meet. “It was a huge honor to receive the coaches award and I’ve loved my swimming experience. I’m so proud to be a Colt.”

Nate Williams and Alden Bostic before the meet
Photo credit: Alexis Fowler

The Boys team won multiple events. Alden Bostic won 3rd place in the 50 yard freestyle and the 100 yard freestyle. Hunter Anderson won 2nd place in the boys 100 yard butterfly. Alex Bridges placed 2nd in the boys 100 yard breaststroke and 3rd in the 200 yard Individual Medley (IM). Mason Autry, Hunter Anderson, Alex Bridges, and Alden Bostic competed in the boys 400 yard freestyle relay and the 200 yard medley relay and placed 3rd in both events. For the boys 200 yard freestyle relay, Andrew Sneed, Nate Williams, Zach Fick, and Evan Smith placed 4th. 

Alden Bostic, a senior at Cape Fear High school in his first year swimming, has made a huge impact on the team this year. 

Photo credit: Alexis Fowler

“The swim meet was a lot of fun. Competing to go for another week and swim at regionals. The team did very well, I feel like everyone worked up to their fullest potential,” said Bostic. “Everyone had to step up and take on extra responsibilities since we had so many people out for covid. We came up just short of second place, but I’m still happy with my team and their effort. Mrs. Shook is such a great coach; she knows exactly what we need to do to get better. She works with all of us individually to get faster so she is definitely the MVP of this season. Most of the team qualified for regionals so that’s amazing. I’m super excited to swim against the fastest swimmers in the region this Saturday.¨ 

Cape Fear’s swim was exceptional this week at the conference meet. Next up is the regional meet this Saturday in Cary. This will give the Colt swimmers a shot at a state championship berth. Coach Shook is excited to see her swimmers in action again, and she is proud of all the hard work they have put in for this. Come out and support our swimming Colts!

All the seniors gather to take a picture together
Photo credit: Alexis Fowler