• 61°

Swimmers post personal best times

According to First Flight swim coach Dave Tonnesen, at least 47 of his Nighthawks swimmers have posted personal best times so far this season.

A likely candidate to lead the list is Cecilia Cortez, a standout swimmer who has won all her events while meeting 11 state meet qualifying times. Joining her on the state qualifying 200 freestyle relay team were Anne Holcomb, Brianne Wilson and Emmy Trivette.

Also of note has been Christian Miller, who achieved his first regional qualification time in the 400 freestyle by slicing 22 seconds off his previous best time. He then followed with a 21 second improvement in the 200 freestyle.

swimmers

During a break in the December 5 meet at Nags Head First Flight swimmer Bell Cooper gets instructions on making breaststroke turns from one of her coaches. Kim Crouch photo

Equally impressive has been Ethan White with a regional qualification time in the 200 individual medley where he dropped 23 seconds and in the 100 butterfly.

Other regional qualifiers include Ben Tonnesen in the 400 freestyle and Erin Bembridge in the 100 backstroke.

On December 5, the Nighthawks faced Manteo, Northeastern and Pasquotank, winning both men’s and women’s team competitions. First Flight won both men’s and women’s competition with scores double the points earned by second place Manteo in men’s competition and Pasquotank for women.

Heading into the holiday season, First Flight was scheduled to face Manteo High School and John A. Holmes High School 4 p.m. at Nags Head YMCA December 12 and then compete in a 4 p.m. swim meet at Elizabeth City YMCA on December 14.

swimmers

First Flight swimmer Maggie Beacham finished fifth in the 200 freestyle, sixth in the 50 free and was on the fourth place 400 free relay in a December 5 meet with Manteo, Northeastern and Pasquotank. Kim Crouch photo

Team Scores from the December 5 meet include:

Men
First Flight 100
Manteo 57
Northeastern 27
Pasquotank 16

Women
First Flight 106
Pasquotank 44
Manteo 39
Northeastern 30

First place First Flight finishers at a December 5 meet include:

EVENT # 1 WOMEN 200 MEDLEY RELAY: First Flight High School (Bella Cooper Ellie Gardill, Erin Bembridge, Ava O’Neil) 2:29.87
EVENT # 2 MEN 200 MEDLEY RELAY: First Flight High School (Wallace Piland, Payton Savage, Benjamin Tonnesen, Wyatt Ward) 2:24.50
EVENT # 4 MEN 200 FREE: Payton Savage 2:26.15
EVENT # 5 WOMEN 200 IM: Cecilia Cortez 2:35.04
EVENT # 6 MEN 200 IM: Payton Savage 2:58.86
EVENT # 7 WOMEN 50 FREE: Cecilia Cortez :28.83
EVENT # 9 WOMEN 100 FLY: Emmy Trivette 1:27.30
EVENT # 10 MEN 100 FLY: Ethan White 1:44.68
EVENT # 12 MEN 100 FREE: Benjamin Tonnesen 1:07.14
EVENT # 15 WOMEN 200 FREE RELAY: First Flight High School (Erin Bembridge, Anne Holcomb, Emmy Trivette, Cecilia Cortez) 2:09.95
EVENT # 16 MEN 200 FREE RELAY: First Flight High School (Payton Savage, Ethan White, Robert Peters, Benjamin Tonnesen) 2:02.78
EVENT # 17 WOMEN 100 BACK: Ellie Gardill 1:30.79
EVENT # 18 MEN 100 BACK: Wallace Piland 1:31.79
EVENT # 21 WOMEN 400 FREE RELAY: First Flight High School (Emmy Trivette, Anne Holcomb, Caroline Clissold, Cecilia Cortez) 5:01.97
EVENT # 22 MEN 400 FREE RELAY: First Flight High School (Tyler Anderson, Ethan White, Wyatt Ward, Robert Peters) 4:57.41

MORE SPORTS COVERAGE HERE.

Business

Piers of the Outer Banks: Nags Head Fishing Pier

News

Kitty Hawk Town Council hears about youth fishing tournament; Perry will not run for re-election

News

North Carolina man hooks $1 million scratch-off prize

News

NC bill exempts lawmakers, others from concealed gun limits

News

States push jobless from virus recession to return to work

Crime

North Carolina man accused of sex crimes facing new charges

News

Nash County woman snags $200,000 prize from scratch-off ticket

Crime

Elizabeth City man arrested in Kill Devil Hills on firearm and drug charges

News

Kill Devil Hills public forum encourages community dialogue

News

Retention bonus for Home Health and Hospice workers approved

News

Weekly North Carolina gas update: Prices have gone up

News

Brief power outage set for four villages on Hatteras Island

Crime

Inmate in federal prison in North Carolina convicted of participating in mutiny

News

Lane closures due to cross pipe replacements this week in East Lake

Business

Maggie Easley named Outer Banks Hospital Employee of the Month for April

News

As vaccinations drop, North Carolina officials consider offering perks

News

North Carolina officials searching for stolen radioactive tool

Business

Chamber holds ribbon cutting for Village Realty’s Duck location

Lifestyles

COVID-19 testing calendared for Monday in Manteo

Business

Local law firm recognized with Attorney General’s Cup in Legal Feeding Frenzy

Crime

Las Vegas man pleads guilty to role in multi-million dollar North Carolina Medicaid fraud

Crime

Former North Carolina police chief indicted on 88 felony counts in evidence theft case

News

J-1 visa workers ‘not going to be a solution for the community this year’

Crime

North Carolina man sentenced to over 14 years in prison for methamphetamine-related charges