Engel, Clark lead Havelock swimmers to state championships

Published: Monday, February 4, 2013 at 05:46 PM.

Havelock High’s group of regional swimmers may have been small, but they certainly made a big splash.

All of them finished in the top 12 Saturday to qualify for the state 3A swimming and diving championships scheduled for Friday at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary.

Senior Jacob Engel was Havelock’s top individual finisher. He earned the silver medal by placing second in the 100-yard backstroke in 55.66 seconds. For Engel, the time was his fastest of the season, beating his seed time for the regional meet by more than two seconds.

Engel also qualified for the state meet in the 200 individual medley by placing ninth in 2:12.76, beating his seed time by nearly seven seconds.

Engel was also a part of the 200 medley relay team that finished fourth to qualify for the state championship. Engel, seniors Wesley Carlo and Sam Smith, and freshman Seth Schneider finished in 1:48.26, taking six seconds of their seed time.

The 200 freestyle relay team of junior Kendall Smith, senior Joseph Whitley, Schneider and Smith placed 10th in 1:40.77, dropping three seconds off its best time of the season.

For the girls team, senior Abby Clark qualified for the state championships in two individual events and in two relays.

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