Foulkes leads Parkwood to DSSL championship

Jul. 15, 2014 @ 11:21 PM

T’Lez Foulkes stole the show with three record-smashing gold performances, and his Parkwood swim team won a splash-from-behind team title at the Durham Summer Swim League championships in Koury Natatorium at UNC on Saturday.

“I was pretty excited. I was like, 'OK, one down and two to go after the first race, now it’s on to the next record,' ” said T’Lez, a 12-year-old rising eighth-grader at St. Thomas More School in Chapel Hill. But he doesn’t plan to tread water on those personal bests for long.

T’Lez said he will turn 15 in August 2016 and is setting his training sights on a possible place on the U.S. team for the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

On Saturday he shattered records in the 11-12 boys 50-yard freestyle (23.86), breaststroke (30.96), and butterfly (26.25).

“I had a good day. I was most looking forward to God helping me, and [being thankful for] giving me special talent, and supporting me,” T’Lez said.  

“I’m confident in myself, and I look forward to the race as give it all I’ve got, leave it all in the pool,” he said, while thanking his coaches for helping him to develop his skills and technique.

“The kids worked really hard and I’m proud of how well they swam at this meet,” said Parkwood coach Greg Zoltners, whose team was trailing Duke Athletic Faculty Club and Woodcroft after Friday night’s opening round, and was in second to Woodcroft after Saturday’s second round.

“Our older kids really made up the difference. A lot of the kids had personal bests and swam really well. It was a tough situation and they stepped up,” Zoltners said.

“Today we all just swam our hearts out. I had a bunch of fun. It was great,” said Parkwood’s Jarod Diehl, a home-schooled rising junior. Edging out Woodcroft for first place was especially satisfying after losing to them in the regular season, he said.

“I think it motivated us more than anything,” Diehl said.

“I can’t say we expected that we would win,” said Parkwood’s James Barrow, a rising home-school senior taking classes at Durham Technical Community College. “We just wanted a good meet. We were definitely very hopeful.”

Connor Williams, a 2014 Northern Durham graduate on the Eno Valley team, who will swim at UNC-Wilmington, set a league record and personal best (46.42) in the 15-18 100-yard freestyle. 

“I had my eyes on it for a couple of years now,” Williams said. “That was the fourth year I won the 100 free. I’ve been close to the record before … so I figured I could do it now, might as well try.”

He also won the 50-yard backstroke (24.61), narrowly missing the record by .4 of a second, and placed second in the 50-yard butterfly (24.13).

“People always try to say other sports are better, but I don’t think anything else is better for me,” said Williams, whose role model is 2012 Olympics gold medal winner Matt Grever, a backstroker. “I’ve been doing it for so long I don’t think about doing anything else. I love it a lot.”

Woodcroft not only finished a strong second in the team chase, but its boys 200-yard freestyle relay team finished at 1:42.15, eclipsing the event record set in 1995 by an Eno Valley team.

In one unusual twist, Parkwood had a first-ever trio of sisters on its 200-yard girls relay, a five-leg event featuring one swimmer from each age category.

Ellen Joy Gooch, 13, Hannah Gooch, 10, and Mia Gooch, 8, and their other two teammates finished second.

“I love swimming with my sisters. It’s so fun. I love being on the same team with them,” said Ellen Joy. “We all cheer each other on. We’ll give each other tips, and we’ll tell each other about our swims, and ask each other questions. I’m so proud of them. They do a great job.”

“I don’t know of any other instances where that would have happened,” DSSL President Tom Luben said of three sisters on the same relay team in the league championships. “That’s very unusual. You have to have three sisters that are spaced out just right, and really good swimmers in that event.”

There was “a lot of team spirit and camaraderie” at the two-day event, Luben said. “It’s definitely becoming a more competitive league. We’re getting bigger -- and [getting] bigger teams. We have at least three teams now approaching 200 swimmers. We added a new team to the league this year. We’re up to 17 teams.”

 

Durham Summer Swim League Meet

At Koury Natatorium, Chapel Hill

Saturday’s results

1. Parkwood1,722; 2. Woodcroft 1,337; 3. Duke Faculty Club 1,117; 4. Fairfield 1,009.50; 5. Treyburn 808; 6. Eno Valley 772.50; 7. Garrett Farms 734.50; 8. Hope Valley Farms 669.50; 9. Hope Valley Country Club 651; 10. Croasdaile 606; 11. Umstead Pines 587.50; 12. Hardscrabble 493; 13. Homestead Heights 392; 14. Black Horse Run 314.50; 15. Five Oaks 251; 16. Vance Aquatics Club 225

INDVIDUAL RESULTS

GIRLS

9-10

50 freestyle:  1. Leah Simpson (GARRETT FARMS), 29.89; 2. Hannah Gooch (Parkwood), 31.77; 3. Jordan Marley (BLACK HORSE RUN), 32.86. 50 breaststroke:  1. Leah Simpson (GARRETT FARMS), 37.62; 2. Hannah Gooch (Parkwood), 38.89; 3. Samantha Carew (Parkwood), 42.54. 50 backstroke: 1. Jordan Marley (BLACK HORSE RUN), 38.01; 2. Ayden E. Long (WOODCROFT), 39.16; 3. Becca Joy Faber (ENO), 39.82. 50 butterfly: 1. Leah Simpson (GARRETT FARMS), 33.24; 2. Alice DeSimone (DUKE FACULTY CLUB), 37.71; 3. Jordan Marley (BLACK HORSE RUN), 37.75.

11-12

50 freestyle: 1. Grace Erickson (Treyburn), 27.53; 2. Bridgette Ervin (ENO), 27.65; 3. Alexis Walker (HOPE VALLEY FARMS), 27.95. 50 breaststroke: 1. Emma Carew (Parkwood), 35.03; 2. Bridgette Ervin (ENO), 35.40; 3. Alexis Walker (HOPE VALLEY FARMS), 35.43. 50 backstroke: 1. Grace Erickson (Treyburn), 33.76; 2. Eliot Hunsberger (Parkwood), 35.28; 3. Cordi Murray (Treyburn), 35.76. 50 butterfly: 1. Alexis Walker (HOPE VALLEY FARMS), 29.29; 2. Bridgette Ervin (ENO), 31.01; 3. Grace Erickson (Treyburn), 32.24.

200 freestyle relay: 1. Treyburn, 1:53.94; 2. Parkwood, 1:56.24; 3. FAIRFIELD, 1:57.85.

13-14

50 freestyle: 1. Sadie Schumann (Duke Faculty Club), 25.26; 2. Julianne Schneider (Garrett Farms), 26.27; 3. Lauren Laughton (Croasdaile), 27.27. 50 breaststroke: 1. Rachel Shaughnessy (Fairfield), 36.29; 2. Lauren Leighton (Croasdaile), 36.35; 3. Hannah Hawkins (Upland Pines), 36.40. 50 backstroke: 1. Sadie Schumann (Duke Faculty Club), 29.75; 2. Julianne Schneider (Garrett Farms), 30.97; 3. Lauren Laughton (Croasdaile), 31.61. 50 butterfly: 1. Sadie Schumann (Duke Faculty Club), 28.15; 2. Julianne Schneider (Garrett Farms), 29.29; 3. Rachel Shaughnessy (Fairfield), 30.16.

15-18

100 freestyle: 1. Michaela Nolte (Homestead Heights), 2. Kelly Cunneen (Treyburn), 57.36; 3. Jennifer Xu (Garrett Farms), 57.87. 50 breaststroke: 1. Michaela Nolte (Homestead Heights), 31.28; 2. Sophie McNeil (Croasdaile), 33.84; 3. Hannah Regen (Fairfield), 34.21. 50 backstroke: 1. Sophie McNeil (Croasdaile), 29.60; 2. Jennifer Xu (Garrett Farms), 30.29; 3. Kelly Cunneen (Treyburn), 30.67. 50 butterfly: 1. Michaela Nolte (Homestead Heights), 27.11; 2. Sophie McNeil (Croasdaile), 27.57; 3. Bethany Huss (Parkwood), 28.64.

BOYS

9-10

50 freestyle: 1. Camden McGovern (WOODCROFT), 29.01; 2. Nicholas Roberts (CROASDAILE), 31.24; 3. Chris Collins (GARRETT FARMS), 31.63. 50 breaststroke: 1. Camden McGovern (WOODCROFT), 40.35; 2. Nicholas Anderson (DUKE FACULTY CLUB), 42.81; 3. Alex Dunk (HOPE VALLEY C.C.), 44.65. 50 backstroke: 1. Nicholas Roberts (CROASDAILE), 36.94; 2. Ethan Burchfield (FIVE OAKS), 38.39; 3. Nicholas Woodrum (UMSTEAD PINES), 40.30. 50 butterfly: 1. Nicholas Roberts (CROASDAILE), 33.24; 2. Ethan Burchfield (FIVE OAKS), 34.92; 3. Camden McGovern (WOODCROFT), 35.90.

11-12

50 freestyle: 1. T’Lez Foulkes (Parkwood), 23.86; 2. Thomas Pritchard (Treyburn), 26.80; 3. Nicholas Falise (Hardscrabble), 26.84. 50 breaststroke: 1. T’Lez Foulkes (Parkwood), 30.96; 2. Jay Barker (WOODCROFT), 32.82; 3. Will Schumann (DUKE FACULTY CLUB), 36.19. 50 backstroke:  1. Jay Barker (WOODCROFT), 30.14; 2. Thomas Pritchard (Treyburn), 31.14; 3. Nicholas Falise (Hardscrabble), 31.93. 50 butterfly: 1. T’Lez Foulkes (Parkwood), 26.25; 2. Jay Baker (WOODCROFT), 28.32; 3. Declan Smith (Parkwood), 29.37.

200 freestyle relay: 1. WOODCROFT, 1:42. 15; 2. Parkwood, 1:43.52; 3. CROASDAILE, 1:45.46.

13-14

50 freestyle: 1. Sam Johnson (Eno Valley), 24.08; 2. Adam T. Cocke (Woodcroft), 24.27; 3. Myles Sims (Parkwood), 24.50. 50 breaststroke: 1. Myles Sims (Parkwood), 30.63; 2. Eugen Craciunescu (Hardscrabble), 31.38; 3. Collin Montague (Upland Pines), 33.09. 50 backstroke: 1. Christopher Chao (Duke Faculty Club), 28.28; 2. Adam T Cocke (Woodcroft), 3. Conor Smith (Fairfield), 31.35. 50 butterfly: 1. Sam Johnson (Eno Valley), 26.91; 2. Christopher Chao (Duke Faculty Club), 27.34; 3. Myles Sims (Parkwood), 27.39.

15-18

100 freestyle: 1. Connor Williams (Eno Valley), 46.42; 2. Trey Harris (Hope Valley), 48.75; 3. Joshua Rigsbee (Croasdaile), 50.55. 50 breaststroke: 1. Matthew Jacobs (Black Horse Run), 27.68; 2. Joshua Rigsbee (Croasdaile), 28.84; 3. Junior Schrickx (Treyburn), 29.28. 50 backstroke: 1. Connor Williams (Eno Valley), 24.61; 2. Trey Harris (Hope Valley C.C.), 24.81; 3. Junior Schrickx (Treyburn), 27.21. 50 butterfly: 1. Trey Harris (Hope Valley C.C.), 23.77; 2. Conner Williams (Eno Valley), 24.13; 3. Joshua Rigsbee (Croasdaile), 25.27.