By Emily Brown
February 19, 2014
Just a little over a year old, the fledgling start up home school swim team known as the Barracudas, and which train along side fellow public school swimmers from Sampson County at the Center for Health and Wellness in Clinton, have come home with second in the state at the North Carolinians for Home Education annual meet. The sanctioned NCHE meet was held on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2014 in Winston Salem.
Made up entirely of young men, the six swimmers ranged in age from 14 to 17 years. Lee Faison (14), Eli Bradley (14), Adam Johnson (15), Joseph Johnson (17), Joel Bradshaw (17), and Alec Linton (17) round out the team. Former swimmer and teammate, Elizabeth Johnson (19), a student at Sampson Community College and a volunteer assistant for the swim team club at the Wellness Center, acted as coach in registering the team in the six local high school meets held at the Wellness Center, the two meets in Goldsboro that were hosted by Wayne Country Day, and the state NCHE meet.
Although without swimmer Lee Faison for much of the year due to a sinus infection, the Barracudas consistently placed in the top three spots in almost every event entered. At their final meet, the NCHE meet in Winston Salem, these young men trailed the Forsyth Home Educator team, but came in ahead of the Asheville Trailblazers. Their success speaks volumes for their commitment and the superb training that they have received swimming for the Wellness Center and training with the city and county school under Coach Ken Yang.
Beginning with our youngest swimmers, the following are the results for the NCHE meet: Eli Bradley, 6th place in both the 50 free and the 100 free; Adam Johnson placed 3rd in the 200 free and 9th in the 50 free; Joseph Johnson took 2nd in the 50 free and 3rd in the 100 back; Joel Bradshaw placed 3rd in the 50 free and 5th in the 100 free; Alec Linton placed 2nd in the 200 free and 3rd in the 100 breast. The 200 yard medley relay made up of J. Johnson, Linton, Bradshaw, and Bradley placed 1st by .23 seconds and the 200 yard free relay made up of both Johnsons, Bradley, and Linton also placed 1st.
With the high school swim season over, we can relax a bit before beginning to focus on next year s meets. We will be short both of our senior swimmers: Joel Bradshaw and Alec Linton, but expect riding senior, Joseph Johnson, under the tutelage of Elizabeth Johnson, to lead the young team to more exciting meets.