Just Keep Swimming: Titans swim team heads into final surge


Aiden Reavis

Titans swimmer Nathaniel Bhambri after an event

Dylan Williamson, Sports Writer

Kicking into the final lap, the swim and dive team looks to cap off a great season at the state meet. The boys placed 2nd behind Reagan, and the girls placed 3rd behind Reagan and R.J. Reynolds.
The team had high expectations coming into the season, and the head coach, Sandy Thomerson, had nothing but positive things to say about the team and how well they performed.
“They met my expectations, and many of them exceeded expectations in that the majority of swimmers on the team dropped time,” Thomerson said.
With a lot of veteran leadership, the older swimmers and divers had their fair share of good performances, but there were a few new additions who not only shocked the coaches but their teammates as well.
“A huge surprise this season was when sophomore Emmy Rhodes placed second in diving,” Thomerson said.
Bothe the boys and girls placed top three in the conference, with the boys finishing runner-ups to Reagan and the girls finishing third behind only Reagan and Reynolds.
The team had many key performances not just during regionals but the season as a whole. On the boys side, senior Jonah Greene (1st in 50 freestyle + 100 butterfly), sophomore Kyle Creep (1st in the 500 freestyle) and sophomore Ethan Frondoza (2nd in 100 backstroke as well as 4th in the 200 freestyle). On the girls side, sophomore Katherine Perdue (2nd in the 200 Individual Medley and 1st in 100 backstroke), senior Audrey Frondoza (2nd in the 100 butterfly and 3rd in 100 backstroke), sophomore Katie Kennedy (2nd in 500 freestyle and 4th in 100 Breaststroke) and sophomore Emmy Rhodes (2nd in diving). All performed very well in regionals this led to the following people advancing to states.
sophomore Katherine Perdue ( 100 backstroke)
senior Audrey Frondoza ( 100 butterfly)
sophomore Ethan Frondoza ( 100 back and Medley Relay)
senior Jonah Greene ( 100 butterfly, 50 free and Medley Relay)
sophomore Kyle Creep ( Medley Relay)
senior Aidan Oghalai ( Medley Relay)
“I’m still trying to process the fact that I even qualified for states, but it’s a super great feeling,” Audrey Frondoza said.
The titans will compete in the state meet in Raleigh this weekend .