Splash for success

With the NC Swimming and Diving State Championship done and over with, the Broughton swimming and diving teams season has officially wrapped up. The mens team had a regular season record of 10-5 and a womens team record of 9-6. The mens team won their last regular season meet against Sanderson, Heritage, and Wakefield, beating second place Sanderson by a mere seven points. The meets nail-biting outcome was decided by the last event, the 400 yard relay. The women’s team also had a successful outcome in their most recent meet with victories over Wakefield and Sanderson, while falling short to Heritage by 15 points. This victory was Coach Dubois’ 100th win as the women’s swim coach at Broughton. Dubois not only had his 100th womens win this season, but gained his 100th mens win as well.

“I got my 100th career victories in both men’s and women’s swimming this year. That only means that I have been doing this a long time.  It’s all up to the swimmers.  I tell them what to do  in practice and they do it.  They are the ones who perform during the meets,” Dubois said.

Despite the early mornings, tiring practices, and stressful meets, Coach Dubois has a positive view on this past season and its outcomes.

“We have had a great season.  Considering the fact that most of the teams in our area have many more year-round swimmers than us, we have done extremely well.  This team has been a lot of fun.  They are some of the nicest kids around,” Dubois said.

The diving team performed superbly in the conference championship with sophomore Holt Gray taking first place.

The swimming team also performed well at the conference championship with the mens team taking fourth and the women taking sixth.

After the conference championship the men’s team went on to the 4A State Championship. The team performed superbly in both swimming and diving. Holt Gray broke a Broughton record and finished in sixth place in diving. Colter Carman also performed phenomenally at the championship. Carman broke three Broughton records in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, and the 400 freestyle relay. The 400 free relay time, a longstanding record set in 1987, was shattered by Colter Carman along with Smith Moran, Bancks Holmes, and Jack Messenger.