By Tom Shanahan
January 28, 2017
Garner is largely known for football and basketball, but the Trojans are good in the water, too.
Garner’s girls and boys swim teams swept the Greater Neuse River Conference finals in dominating fashion Saturday at the Triangle Aquatic Center. It was the second straight year for a girls-boys sweep and the boys’ fourth straight title.
“We’re proud of our program,” said senior Noel Buitrago, who swept the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. “We’ve seen a lot of growth. The boys have won my whole high school career and the girls are winning, too. There is lot of team spirit.”
Buitrago won the 200 IM in 2 minutes, 05.79 seconds and the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.75. He also swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay (1:52.31).
Garner rolled up 601 points to runner-up Clayton’s 293. The girls competition was closer, but Garner still won by a comfortable margin with 612 points to Rolesville’s 513.
Carrington Clack led the Garner girls, sweeping the 50 (25.93) and the 100 (57.29) freestyle races with times of 25.93 seconds and 57.29. She now has three individual GRNC titles in two seasons. Last year she won the 100 free but was second in the 200 free.
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