Thursday, February 12, 2009

Ardrey Kell swimmers rising

Ardrey Kell's swimming program has come a long way in its' three years.

The first season, four Knights qualified for the state meet. They all rode with the coach in the same car.

Last year, 11 qualified.

This year, it's 22 swimmers. They'll need a bus.

Parent Ron Wagoner hosted a dinner for the swimmers, coach William Keith and assistants Wednesday, as part thank-you and part send-off. Wagoner's daughter Ashley was the N.C. 4A West regional champion in the 500-yard freestyle.

Keith, who swam for state power Providence High, was named Southwestern 4A coach of the year.

"We're making progress," he said.

-- Cliff Mehrtens