Southern Nash swimmer Alex Terry turned in his best race of the season and vaulted himself into the consolation finals during Saturday’s Class 3-A state swimming meet held at Cary’s Triangle Aquatic Center.
Terry finished 16th in the 50-yard freestyle, and did so by swimming .20 seconds faster than his seed time that had him starting out 19th out of 24 swimmers. Terry also turned in a best time in the 100 freestyle and finished 20th in prelims, missing out on advancing to finals by four spots.
Terry’s 100 free time of 52.96 was almost a full second faster than his seed time. He broke and re-set his own school records in both events.
Elsewhere, Rocky Mount High’s Jenna Lavely, Clara Lord, Kathryn Osterhout and Darcy Tyndall finished 21st in the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:07.14. The same foursome finished 21st in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:52.84.
Lord also finished 20th in the 50 freestyle. Her time of 26.31 was faster than her seed time of 26.35. Lavely was 22nd in the 100 freestyle with a time of 58.51.
Josh Martinez, Quintin Mangano, JT Tedford and Ben Sieracki finished 21st in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:59.92. The foursome was 22nd in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:42.49. The quad was 21st in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:58.31.
The N.C. Wesleyan baseball season began on Saturday and the Bishops found themselves in a tight game.
NCWC put the tying run on base in the bottom of the ninth inning, but couldn’t push across the run in a 3-2 season-opening home loss to Eastern Mennonite.
Dylan Patrick, the Bishops’ starting pitcher, lasted into the sixth inning in what was a strong outing. Patrick took the loss, but allowed just one hit in 5 2/3 innings while striking out eight.
Eastern Mennonite scored all three of its runs in the sixth inning. The first came on a passed ball which scored Jordan Jones who reached on a walk. The Royals added two more runs on a Jaylon Lee double.
The inning erased the Bishops’ one-run lead. NCWC right fielder Max Johnson’s solo home run put his team up 1-0 in the third. The homer was part of a three-hit day for Johnson, who also scored both runs.
Johnson was batted in by Brad Pennington’s fielder’s choice in the eighth as the Bishops began to chip away at the two-run deficit. Designated hitter Jackson Murray added two hits, and pinch-hitter Zach Lyon had the other hit for NCWC.
Lyon was the potential tying run in the ninth, but he was stranded at first base as the Bishops weren’t able to advance him.
Three Bishops pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts, six walks, and four hits.
The Rocky Mount Academy girls’ basketball team edged Faith Christian in the CIC tournament championship game on Saturday.
The Eagles won, 38-36, and needed a fourth-quarter rally to do so.
RMA trailed 28-25 with just over five minutes remaining, as FCS clinged to a lead after the first three quarters.
The Faith Christian boys‘ basketball team won the CIC tournament on Saturday with a 50-40 win over Epiphany.
The Patriots‘ 28-16 halftime lead dwindled in the third quarter to a 35-32 advantage, before pulling away in the final frame.