The North Myrtle Beach High School boys and girls swim teams joined five other teams competing last Friday at the NMB Aquatic and Fitness Center. The Chiefs squads joined teams from Carolina Forest, St. James, Socastee, Waccamaw and Conway in many individual and relay events.
The NMB girls finished second and the boys hung on to finish in third place. Head coach Kristen Henley and assistant Joel Schmaltz were pleased with the Chiefs performance. “The team earned one more automatic state cut (based on swim time in competition), one more consideration cut and we had 21 in-season best times. Coach Henley and I believe we are heading in the right direction,” Schmaltz said Monday.
Schmaltz also mentioned some “notable swims” by team members. “Deanna Caceres 200 individual medley got an automatic state cut. This makes her sixth individual event automatic cut. She is also part of three relays that have also made the cut. This young lady is something special,” Schmaltz said.
“Olivia Caceres 100 freestyle time also made the consideration cut. Olivia has competed in 7 of 8 individual events offered in high school swimming and has made consideration cuts in 5 of them. She is also part of those three relay tams that have made automatic cuts,” Schmaltz concluded.
The Chiefs next meet is Thursday, Oct. 3, a regional contest at Francis Marion University.