CFNN Reporter Grace Sherbert 

On Thursday, November 17, the Cape Fear Colts Swim Team had their first meet of the season at Fayetteville State University. Grays Creek, Jack Britt, Lumberton, SevenyFirst, Terry Sanford, EE Smith, and Pine Forest High School were all in attendance for the meet. The Colts battled against all of these neighboring schools and succeeded with a victory on both the boys and girls teams. 

“Learning new strokes and building endurance have helped us tremendously, continuing this streak would help us accomplish our main goal which is to win conference and to qualify many for states,” said Head Coach Amy Shook.  

The meet started off with the girls 200 yard Medley Relay, finishing with a time of 2:13.61, Junior Casey Fitch, Senior Lily Brinker, Sophomore Mary Cathrine Shook, and Sophomore Grace Sherbert pushed their way to the top to secure the win!

Immediately after the girls competed, the boys took the pool, competing in the 200 yard Medley Relay. They ended with a time of 1:54.97. Senior Nicholas Shook, Sophomore Alexander Bridges, Senior Hunter Anderson, and Senior Spencer Perez succeed with another victory for the Colts. 

Going into the individual races, the Colts really had to be determined to earn enough points to guarantee a win. Senior Nicholas Shook secured a victory in the boys 100 yard Butterfly, ending with a time of 58.23 seconds. 

Pulling yet another triumph in the boy and girls 100 yard freestyle, Sophomore Mary Cathrine Shook ended with a time of 1:03.40, and Senior Hunter Anderson with a time of 58.51 seconds. 

The Colts dominated the last two events, the 400 yard freestyle relay ,winning in both boys and girls. Freshman Brenes Anamarie, Junior Casey Fitch, Sophomore Grace Sherbert, and Sophomore Mary Catherine Shook, gained another win with a time of 4:36.83. The boys however ended with an amazing time of 4:10.20. Senior Hunter Anderson, Senior Spencer Perez, Sophomore Alexander Bridges, and Senior Nicholas Shook worked hard together as a group and pulled another victory.  

“No one is expecting you to be number 1, so you just have to go out there and give it your all,” explained Sophomore Mason Hancock. 

The Colts competed in many more events which led them to a final combined score of 726 points. The girls earned 378 points and the boys earned 348 points. The Colts will swim at the 2nd meet of the season next Thursday, December 1st, at Fayetteville State University. Hopefully bringing home another win for the Cape Fear Colts.