Eubanks leads Suffolk at regionals
Published 10:37 pm Tuesday, February 11, 2014
A historic performance by Nansemond River High School sophomore Logan Eubanks punctuated Suffolk’s solid showing at the Region 4A South swim championships in Newport News on Monday.
Eubanks finished the 100-yard backstroke in 56.34 second, more than three seconds faster than his nearest competitor, becoming the first swimmer from Suffolk Public Schools to be named regional champion, according to Warriors head coach Shamus Riley.
“It was a very big highlight,” he said of Eubanks’ win.
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The underclassman was thrilled by the accomplishment.
“It feels great,” Eubanks said. “I’ve always been striving for it.”
He came into the championships as the favorite in the 100 back. Though he said Monday’s time was not a personal record, it was still a product of his resolve to avoid complacency.
“I felt like I was doing pretty good about the 75 (yard mark), but I wanted to push all the way,” he said.
He led a group of five individual qualifiers for the state championships from Nansemond River and King’s Fork high schools. Eubanks is also a member of two Warriors relay teams to make the cut for the next level.
Nansemond River finished fourth out of 14 teams at the regional championships with both its boys’ and girls’ squads. Riley knew Grafton High School, Jamestown High School and Tabb High School would pose a formidable challenge, and they finished top three for both genders. Nevertheless, he liked what he saw from his swimmers.
“I actually was very pleased with both teams,” he said. “Overall, I think they did a wonderful job, especially with the girls only being five points behind Grafton.”
Eubanks qualified for states in the 100-yard butterfly, the 500-yard freestyle, the 100 back, the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.
He swam the backstroke on the 200 medley relay team while sophomore River Fiedler swam the breaststroke, junior Michael Betts swam the butterfly and junior Cody Edwards swam freestyle.
The 400 free relay was made up by Betts, Edwards, Eubanks and senior Jacob Hopple.
Other state qualifying individuals for Nansemond River included Betts in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke and Edwards and Hopple in the 200-yard freestyle.
Representing King’s Fork at the state championships will be senior Hunter Lowe and sophomore Carlee Morse in the boys’ and girls’ 50-yard freestyle events, respectively.
The King’s Fork teams placed favorably on Monday with the girls finishing sixth and the boys finishing seventh.
Lakeland High School’s boys struggled, coming in last, but its girls made their presence known, finishing seventh, in the top half of the schools in the region.
“Since we had no swimmers advance to state level competition, last night was the conclusion of Lakeland’s third and most successful swim season thus far,” Lakeland head coach Beth Brant stated in an email on Tuesday. “This season was one of growth and change, and as a result, this team surpassed a lot of expectations. I can’t wait to see what next year holds for them.”
Meanwhile, Nansemond River and King’s Fork press on at the Virginia High School League Group 4A state swim championships on Feb. 22 at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center in Christiansburg.