Riptides dash through the Blizzard Blitz competition

Seven Riptide swimmers traveled to Cary, NC, over weekend to compete in the TAC TITANS TYR Blizzard Blitz. The Riptides came home with a grand total of 22 best times, 7 new State qualifying times, 1 Age Group Sectional cut, and 2 new team records.

To compete in this meet swimmers must meet a specific qualifying time. For events of 200 yards or less a “BB” time is needed, and for events of 400 yards or more, an “A” time is required making this a very fast meet. Swimmers could compete in up to 9 events. Individual results as follows:

* Ella Speir qualified in 7 events, her first time at this meet, swimming close to her best times.
* Connor Churchill competed in 9 events with one best time.
* Kylie McWhorter her first time at this meet, qualifying for 3 events with 1 best time
* Jake Flaherty: 9 events, and 2 best times, 1 new state cut in 1000 free
* Hannah McDonough: 9 events, 5 best times, and 3 new state cuts in 100 and 200 breaststroke, and the 400 IM
* Peyton McWhorter: 9 events, 7 best times, 2 new state times in the 500 and 1650 free, and a new team record in the Girls 15-16 50 free, breaking a record set in 2009
* Tony Zhang: 9 events, 7 best times, 1 new state qualifying time in the 200 free, a new Age Group Sectional cut in the 100 breast, and a new team record in the Boys 13-14 100 fly, knocking out a record set in 2016.

Riptide swimmers stepped up to the challenge in this very fast meet as their work continues toward the State Meet in February.

Photo courtesy of Riptides

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