WAC Swimmers Shine at National Meets

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USA Swimming LogoA trio of Williamsburg Aquatic Club swimmers competed in national meets over the weekend, seeing their fair share of successes in their respective events.

Carter Kale, a Lafayette senior who was named Virginia High School League Group 3A Male Athlete of the Year, competed in the USA Swimming Speedo Junior Nationals, which took place July 30 to Aug. 3.

Kale swam in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly during the national meet that featured some of the best youth swimmers in the nation.

His best finish came in the 200-meter butterfly prelims, during which Kale swam a 2:06.66 that was good for 58th place. In the 100-meter butterfly prelims, Kale finished in 108th place with a time of 57.39.

While Kale competed in the Speedo Junior Nationals, two other WAC swimmers — Joelle Vereb and Colby Hunt — traveled to Greensboro, North Carolina, to take place in the 2015 Futures Championships.

The 2015 Futures Championships are broken up into three separate meets, with the North Carolina meet composed of swimmers from the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the U.S.

Vereb had the best showing from either swimmer in the 100-meter breast stroke, finishing in sixth place with a time of 1:14.33, which was a new WAC record. She also finished 10th in the 100-meter butterfly and the 50-meter freestyle.

As well as earning three top-10 finishes, Vereb also took 14th in the 100-meter freestyle and 17th in the 100-meter back stroke.

Hunt saw the most success in the 400-meter individual medley, placing 10th with a time of 1:03.48, which was also a WAC record.

After failing to make it past the prelims in the 400-meter freestyle and 200-meter individual medley, Hurt finished the meet with a 16th-place finish in the 1,500-meter freestyle and an 18th-place finish in the 200-meter breast stroke.

To see full results from the Speedo Junior Nationals, click here. To see full results from the 2015 Futures Championships, click here.