The SHS men’s swim team claimed the final SMAC conference championship last Friday in an exciting meet that was not determined until the last two events. The Golden Lions won all three relay events which are scored double to help secure the victory. The winning Medley Relay team of Davis Kennedy, Jay Wilson, Kieth Chung and Luke Tuttle got the meet started with a solid victory which helped set the tone of the meet. In the 200 Freestyle Relay, Wilson and Chung combined with Grady Morgan and Jack Lari to capture the win. In the 400 Freestyle Relay, Keith Chung once again teamed up with Kennedy and Lari along with Mikey Beaver to seal the win for the Golden Lions.
Individual event winners for the Golden Lions were Jack Lari in the 200 yard and 500 yard Freestyle, Davis Kennedy in the 100 yard Freestyle and the 100 yard Backstroke, Jay Wilson in the 100 yard Breaststroke and Wilson McNeary in 1 meter diving. Davis Kennedy was named the SMAC male swimmer of the year for the second straight season. The Golden Lions had five individuals earn All Conference honors. They are Jay Wilson, Jack Lari, Mikey Beaver, Keith Chung, Wilson McNeary and Davis Kennedy.
Others contributing valuable points were Andrew Eusebio, Exander Wiebelhaus and Caleb Goss who all were named honorable mention for all conference. Will Clifton also had a top five finish for Shelby. The men’s team will be competing in regionals February 4th in Charlotte for the chance to compete in the state meet on February 9th in Cary.