After three meets, Nash Central swim coach Margaret Godwin still is trying to figure out which events her girls swim best.
So far this season, she can’t make the wrong decision, because everyone on her team is excelling in every event.
“Every time I switch everybody, they still do really well,” Godwin said. “It’s a great problem to have - not knowing so far where exactly to put everybody.”
Nash Central’s girls’ team, which made the NCHSAA 3-A state championship meet last year, needs to replace four key seniors from last year.
Kaila Billups, Kaitlyn Beal, Katie Smallwood and Grayson Bass graduated, giving Godwin a sizable hole to replace. Godwin has filled the hole, but she might not be sure of a permanent replacement in each event.
“I can switch everybody around so much this year,” Godwin said. “I haven’t ever been able to do that. They all do well in whatever I put them in.”
Keyed by the diversity of seniors Lindsey Sharpe, who set a conference record in the 50-yard freestyle this year, Neill Bunn, Randi Price, Jessica Savage and Lizzie Eakin, the Bulldogs are eyeing another Big East Conference championship after an undefeated start through the first three meets of the season.
“I think we’re just as good as we were last year,” Godwin said. “... The first goal is to win the conference championship and get as many people qualified to go to the regionals as I can.
“Then we’ll see what happens.”
Along with the seniors, Kaley Price brings experience to the pool after qualifying for the 3-A East Regionals in three events last season.
Still, the Bulldogs have an upstart freshman that already is dominating the conference. Jennifer Jackson has swam six different individual events through the first three meets – the most possible.
Jackson, the only year-round swimmer at Nash Central, has broken five conference records – 200 free, 200 IM, 100 butterfly, 100 free, 500 free – and was very close to breaking a sixth.
“I’ve never had a freshman come in and do this,” Godwin said. “She works really hard at her skills.
“She (has) helped us a whole lot.”
Justin Hite can be reached at 407-9951 or email@example.com