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Josh Rigsbee closes out DSSL career with a record

Josh Rigsbee swims the breaststroke at the Durham Summer Swim League Championships on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Josh Rigsbee swims the breaststroke at the Durham Summer Swim League Championships on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Josh Rigsbee pounded the water after looking up at the clock on Sunday following his win in the 50-yard backstroke finals in the Durham Summer Swim League Championships at Greensboro Aquatics Center.

His elation was spurred by a record-setting performance as he came in 24.20 seconds. He shaved .01 second off the previous mark set in 2009 by Aidan Akkari. It was Rigsbee's first record-setting performance after a 10-year run in the DSSL. He's off to UNC Wilmington in the fall to swim for the Seahawks.

"It feels really good," Rigsbee said. "I've been going for one for 10 years now. It's been a long time coming. It's nice to be a part of the tradition with those other guys who I looked up to growing up and to see my name up there now beside theirs is a really good feeling."

Rigsbee, who swims in the boys' 15-18 division for Croasdaile Country Club, also had wins in the 50 breaststroke (26.31) and the 50 butterfly (23.84).

Rigsbee said missing the record by .2 of a second in the breaststroke spurred in to swim even harder in the backstroke.

"I missed it by so little and that really fired me up to go after it (in the backstroke)," Rigsbee said. "I couldn't cut it any closer to set it."

But he wasn't the only record setter as Woodcroft's Sadie Schumann and Ryan Weaver of Duke Faculty Club also set individual marks. Woodcroft set a new mark in the girls' 200 freestyle relay, breaking a record that was established in 2001.

Schumann's record came in the girls' 15-18 backstroke as she finished in 27.74 to knock a quarter of a second off the previous mark of Jenna Rinaldi set in 2002.

"I wasn't really expecting it," said Schumann, who just turned 17. "Obviously, it feels really good. Everyone raced really well. No complaints."

Schumann, a rising senior at Jordan, also won the 100 freestyle (53.62) and the 50 butterfly (26.20).

Weaver, a rising eighth grader at Brogdon Middle School, won the 50 backstroke in the 13-14 boys' division in 24.96. His time smashed the previous mark of 26.72 that Rob Masten set in 1992. Nicholas Falise, who finished second to Weaver also came in under the old record with a time of 26.38.

"From the start, it felt good," Weaver said of his record-setting swim. "I slipped a little bit on the turn but after that, I just pushed through and kept going.

Weaver, who is third also won the 50 butterfly (25.37) and the 50 backstroke (24.94). He said he is looking forward to competing in the division again next year.

"It’s good motivation to come back next year because it gives me confidence to come back for the other records I'd like to set -- the 50 free and the 50 fly," Weaver said.

All three swim year round for the Carolina Aquatics Club.

The Woodcroft girls won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:45.42, which broke the previous mark of 1:47.07 that was set in 2001. Croasdaile took the boys 200 freestyle relay in 1:47.63.

Bridgette Ervin of Black Horse Run also was a triple winner, taking wins in the girls' 13-14 50 freestyle (25.83), 50 breaststroke (31.67) and the 50 butterfly (27.91).

Fairfield's Caroline Schaper was a triple winner in the girls' 6 & under division, winning the 25 freestyle (18.86), the 25 backstroke (23.02) and the 25 butterfly (27.00).

Holland Hughes of Hope Valley Country Club won three events in the boys' 6 & under division, taking the 25 freestyle (18.68), the 25 breaststroke (26.77) and the the 25 backstroke (23.62).

Colton Chaires of Hope Valley Country Club was a triple winner in the boys' 7-8 division, taking the 25 freestyle (14.53), the 25 breaststroke (21.09) and the 25 backstroke (17.81).

Sophie Thornburg of Woodcroft won three times in the girls' 7-8 division, winning the 25 freestyle (15.80), the 25 backstroke (20.40) and the 25 butterfly (18.90).

In the girls' 9-10 division, Caroline Healey of Eno Valley won three times, taking the 50 freestyle (28.04), the 50 backstroke (33.07) and the 50 butterfly (32.0).

Keenan Day of Woodcroft was a triple winner, getting victories in the 50 freestyle (26.06), the 50 breaststroke (34.49) and in the 50 butterfly (28.89).

Woodcroft won the Division I team championship with 1,632.50 points, followed by Parkwood (1404.50) and Duke Faculty Club. The Division II champion was Fairfield (863), followed by Croasdaile Country Club (625.50) and Umstead Pines (581). Five Oaks won the Division III title with 480 points, followed by Black Horse Run (408) and Hardscrabble.

Bennett Harris of Hope Valley Country Club won twice, taking the boys' 9-10 50 breaststroke (40.89) and the 50 butterfly (34.02). Teammate Camden Hughes on the 50 freestyle (30.12).

Ben Smith of Woodcroft won twice, taking the 50 freestyle (26.63) and the 50 backstroke (31.24). Teammate Sammy Olson won the 50 butterfly (30.70).

The winners from Parkwood were T'Lez Foulkes, who took the boys' 15-18 100 freestyle (48.75), and Gracie Gordon, who won the girls' 15-18 50 breaststroke (35.74).

Woodcroft had three individual winners, including Jay Baker in the boys' 13-14 50 breaststroke (30.11), Dillan Hickey in the girls' 13-14 50 backstroke (30.46) and Avari Clark in the 50 breaststroke (40.69).

Sophie Ray of Fairfield won the girls' 6 & under breaststroke (30.89).

Joel Lee of Eno Valley won the boys' 6 & under butterfly (27.08).

Nelly Gray of Duke Faculty Club won the girls' 7-8 breaststroke (21.96), while teammate Alice DeSimone was the winner in the 11-12 girls' 50 backstroke (31.46).

Cole Harris of Croasdaile won the boys' 7-8 butterfly (17.25). In the boys' 11-12, Christopher Roberts won the 50 breaststroke (35.51).

Bridger Stewardson of Vance Aquatics won the 9-10 boys' backstroke.

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