Granite Falls Makos Finish Top 15 in the State Championships

— April 2017

Makos Take Six Top 8 Finishes and Fourteen Top 16 Finishes

After a successful season leading up to the state championships, the Makos had the most ever swimmers qualify for the state championships with 2 swimmers qualifying for Senior Champs (Feb 16-19) and sixteen swimmers qualifying for Age Group Champs (Feb 23-26). Still a very young team, the Makos proved that hard work pays off, by almost quadrupling the number of events qualified for at the state meets this season.  The Makos set 32 new team records over the past two weekends.

“This has been one of the most rewarding years for the Makos during a short course season,” said Head Coach Blair Crosscup, “I’m very proud of all the swimmers that competed this weekend. We prepared for every event mentally and physically throughout the year and it payed off.  They worked hard and put a lot of time and effort into their success.”

In the North Carolina Senior Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, Hunter Young (15) and MaKayla Ciancanelli (13) represented the Makos in ten events, the most ever by the Makos at a Senior event. Young set four team records in the 50, 500, 1000 and 1650 Yard Freestyle, while Ciancanelli added an additional two team records in the 200 and 1000 Yard Freestyle.

At the North Carolina Age Group Championships at the Triangle Aquatics Center on the boy’s side, Greyson Young (9) led the way of all point scores for the team with 49.5 points. He tallied these points by setting three new team records in the 100 and 200 Yard Freestyle and in the 100 Yard Backstroke. Young also notched three top 8 finishes and two top 16 finishes. His 3rd place finish in the 200 Yard Freestyle earned him a Golden Ticket to North Carolina’s Select Camp in April. Young’s other top 8 finishes include the 100 Yard Freestyle (8th) and the 100 Yard Backstroke (7th). Other 10 and under performers include Nate Derwin (10), CJ Eickhoff (10) who set three team records in the 50 Yard Butterfly and the 100 and 200 Yard IM and Ben Walcott (10) added a top 16 finish in the 100 Yard Butterfly.

Second leading scored of the boy’s side was Tate Bacon (12) with 19.5 points. Bacon broke three team records in the 50 Yard Freestyle and the 50 and 100 Yard Backstroke. He also grabbed a top 8 finish in the 50 Yard Backstroke (6th) and a top 16 finish in the 50 Yard Freestyle. Other 11-12 boys include David Walcott (12) who added five new team records in the 50 and 100 Yard Butterfly as well as the 100, 200 and 400 Yard IM and Michael Keleher (11) set a new team record in the 500 Yard Freestyle which was also a top 16 finish. Walcott also swam to three top 16 finishes for the team.

The 13-14 boys qualifiers included Jadon Valles (14) and Austen Davis (14) who set two new team records in the 100 and 200 Yard Backstroke.

On the girl’s side, Julia Turner (10) led the way with 29 points. She accomplished this by setting six new team records in the 50 and 200 Yard Freestyle, 50 and 100 Yard Backstroke and the 100 and 200 Yard IM and grabbed two top 8 finishes in the 200 Yard Freestyle (8th) and the 100 Yard Backstroke (8th). Turner also tallied three top 16 finishes. Other 10 and under swimmers include Lily Mitchell (10) and Emilie Phillips (9) who scored two top 16 swims.

The 11-12 girls were represented by Caroline Prather (12), who battled sickness all weekend, and Avery Thomas (11).

Rounding out the competitors for the Makos were the 13-14 girls which consisted of Avalon Uveges (14) and MaKayla Ciancanelli (13) who set three new team records in the 500 and 1650 Yard Freestyle and in the 100 Yard Butterfly. Ciancanelli also added one top 16 finish.

The Makos will now move on to the Eastern Section of the Southern Zone to compete in Sectionals held this year at the Greensboro Aquatics Center, where fourteen swimmers have qualified and will compete in fifty-five events. These swimmers will compete against swimmers from ten states.

The Granite Falls Makos swim team is a member of the USA Swimming Organization. This program will help swimmers of all ages and abilities, from the novice 8 & under to the advanced 15 & over. Granite Falls Makos swim team is designed to teach the fundamentals of competitive swimming, instill confidence in young swimmers and mold children of all ages into well rounded athletes. The year round swim team is open to members and non-members. (granitefallsmakos.com)