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The Catawba Valley Athletic Conference honored 18 female and 15 male swimmers in the area on Monday.
Among those honored were eight swimmers from Newton-Conover and four swimmers from Bandys.
Bandysâ€™ Michaela Beatty was named the girlâ€™s swimmer of the year. Beatty had an impressive year, especially in her two strongest events. She won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events at the CVAC championships on Jan. 22.
Beatty finished third in both events at the state level as a sophomore last season.
â€śThis season has been awesome for her,â€ť said Bandys coach Jon Beatty. â€śShe has won all of her swims. She will swim anything I tell her to swim and she doesnâ€™t complain. She really swims great strategy.â€ť
Other Lady Trojans that were honored include Olivia Adams, Catlin Canipe and Nikki Whisnant. The trio also had strong year as a group competing in the 400-yard relay.
The relay team finished second in the event at the CVAC championships, as Bandys finished fourth as a team overall.
â€śThey have cut about 30 seconds from their time since they have been swimming,â€ť coach Beatty said. â€śAs a coach, that is just incredible. This year, they have put a lot more effort into pushing their time down. They have done incredible.â€ť
Four girls and four boys from Newton-Conover also received honors. Among the girls who were honored were Abigail LeQuire, Ashley Nidiffer, Jessica Bailes and Kelley
Cansler. All four girls are members of the girlâ€™s relay team.
They finished third in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays at the CVAC championships last week. They have also qualified for both events at the regional championships, which will be held this Friday in Huntersville.
â€śThat group is extremely hard working,â€ť said Newton-Conover coach Eileen Crider. â€śThey always put 100 percent effort in no matter what we are working on for the day.â€ť
The N-C boyâ€™s relay team, which consists of Michael Atkinson, Jacob Harkins, Josh Herron and Michael Oâ€™Boyle, were also awarded as All-CVAC selections.
They have qualified for three team events at regionals, which include the 200-yard medley, and 200- and 400-yard free style relay.
â€śThe boys have been doing a really good job,â€ť Crider said. â€śAs a team, the boys have some very strong swimmers. I am looking forward to them continuing to work together over the years and to keep improving.â€ť
Newton-Conover had some strong individual performances as well. LeQuire qualified for five individual events at regional competition and Nidiffer and Oâ€™Boyle qualified for one individual event a piece.
With regional competition just a few days away, both coaches have put in preparations with their swimmers heading into the meet in Huntersville.
â€śWe are focusing a lot on fine tuning our technique,â€ť Crider said. â€śWe are really working on getting good turns and good streamlines. I only wished we could work on entries, but we have no where we can work on them. Those are basically the things we have been working on though.â€ť
Coach Beatty has focused his week of preparation into getting his relay team to the state championship level.
â€śI am trying to get our relay team to get a top 12 time, so they can go to states,â€ť coach Beatty said. â€śIn both the East and West, you have to get a top 12 time to go to states. That is what we are shooting for.â€ťView more articles in: