Tarboro swim coach Michelle Harris warned the followers that had driven to Cary for the evening finals of the NCHSAA 1-A/2-A state championships that the boys’ 50-yard freestyle would be fast.
“Make sure you keep your eyes open the whole time,” she told them.
It felt like a blur to her, and it was nearly as fast to Tarboro sophomore Cameron Anderson.
Of course it felt the fastest to Anderson. He finished ahead of every other swimmer, and then later won the 100 free to take bring back two state titles to Tarboro.
“It was pretty exciting for me,” Anderson said.
Anderson set a new personal best in both events.
In the 50 free, which he swam at 21.76 seconds, Anderson finished in a tie with Justin Morrell from Carrboro.
In the 100 free, Anderson held off Morrell with a time of 47.55.
Both Anderson and Harris had confidence that he could win both titles.
“It was definitely in his grasp,” Harris said. “There’s more excitement in years to come.”
Anderson, who had defeated Morrell in both events in the past, was first off the block, first to the turn and first to the wall in the 50 free but came out of the water to a surprising finish. Neither he nor Morrell had ever been involved in a tie before.
“It’s rare, but it has happened,” Harris said.
Anderson’s margin in the 100 free was more significant, holding Morrell off by .35 seconds.
Senior Chandler Harris, the two-time Telegram Girls’ Swimmer of the Year, finished in eighth place in the 50 free and seventh in the 100 fly.
The Vikings’ girls’ 200 medley relay finished sixth, and the 200 free relay finished third. The boys’ 200 free relay finished 10th.
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