Havelock’s Jacob Engel reached the finals and placed eighth in the 100-yard backstroke at the state 3A swimming and diving championships held Friday in Cary.
Engel advanced through the preliminary round with a time of 55.58 seconds and then swam 56.16 in the finals to place eighth and earn 11 team points for the Rams.
Engel was also part of the 200 medley relay team along with Wesley Carlo, Seth Schneider and Sam Smith that placed 14th in a time of 1:49.05, earning six team points.
Overall, Havelock’s boys finished 27th as a team in the meet, which was won by Cardinal Gibbons.
Engel also qualified for the state championships in the 200 individual medley, in which he placed 23rd in a time of 2:15.20.
The 400 freestyle relay team of Engel, Kendall Smith, Schneider and Sam Smith finished 18th in 3:39.88, while the 200 freestyle relay team of Smith, Smith, Schneider and Joseph Whitley came home in 22nd in 1:40.59.
For the Havelock girls, Abby Clark qualified for the state championships in two individual events. She placed 21st in the 50 freestyle in 26.85, and was 22nd in the 100 freestyle in 59.97.
Clark teamed with Sarah Glasbrenner, Ali Wickman and Emily Bess to finish 23rd in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:57.43.
Havelock’s other qualifying relay team in the 400 freestyle was disqualified.