Ragsdale Swimmers surging forward to Fast and Furious Finish

Courtesy of Brian Herndon, Ragsdale Athletics Director:

The proud tradition of the Ragsdale Tiger Swim program is enjoying a tremendous boost this year, as new head coach Greg Peoples has the Tiger’s surging forward in a direction of statewide excellence.

The Tigers have been hard at work since late October, splashing in the Ragsdale YMCA pool hours before the actual school day begins. Ragsdale’s current record in Dual Meets is 2-2, and the Tigers had a very strong showing in the Prestigious Bob Sawyer Invitational held in the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The Tigers also had a strong showing at the Annual Freshman/Sophomore Invitational at the beginning of the season; the meet was held at Greensboro Smith. Ragsdale High School and the entire Ragsdale Community are extremely proud of the skill level, work ethic, dedication, and commitment that our swimmers exhibit every day.

Coach Peoples and our Swimmers are great ambassadors for the Diamond R and our Tiger Nation! Congratulations and a huge thank you to Coach Peoples and our Swimmers for the great job you do and for always representing RHS with class.

Below is a recap of the season so far.

· The Tigers began the season with the Annual Freshman/Sophomore Invitational. First place highlights include:
Women 4×50 yard Medley Relay – 1st
East Dockery, Claire Kennington, Meredith McGill, Abigail Salthouse
Women 200 yard Freestyle – 1st
Meredith McGill
Men 200 yard Individual Medley – 1st
Patrick Fischer
Women 50 yard Freestyle – 1st
Claire Kennington
Women 100 yard Freestlye – 1st
Meredith McGill
Women 100 yard Backstroke – 1st
Abigail Salthouse
Women 4×100 Freestyle Relay – 1st
East Dockery, Claire Kennington, Abigail Salthouse, Meredith McGill

· Just before the Holiday Break, the Tigers tested themselves against 17 of the top high school programs in the area at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. At the Bob Sawyer Invitational, Ragsdale finished 6th overall, with the women finishing 10th and the men swimming to a 3rd place finish overall. Individual events consisted of anywhere from 40 – 60 swimmers per event.

Highlights of the invitational meet include:

Men 4×50 yard Medley Relay – 2nd
Patrick Fischer, Jake Ennis, Anis Yahi, Henry McGugan
Women 200 yard Freestyle – 6th
Liby Seay
Men 200 yard Individual Medley – 5th
Anis Yahi
Women 50 yard Freestyle – 4th
Meredith McGill
Men 50 yard Freestyle – 1st, 2nd and 7th
Henry McGugan – 1st, Jake Ennis – 2nd, Jacob Walker – 7th
Women 100 yard Freestyle – 6th
Meredith McGill
Men 100 Freestyle – 4th & 5th
Henry McGugan – 4th, Jacob Walker – 5th
Men 4×50 yard Freestyle Relay – 1st
Jake Ennis, Jacob Walker, Patrick Fischer, Henry McGugan
Men 100 yard Backstroke – 8th & 10th
Patrick Fischer – 8th, Anis Yahi – 10th
Men 100 yard Breaststroke – 1st
Jake Ennis

· Tuesday, the Tiger swim team travels to Winston-Salem State University for Piedmont Triad 4A conference championships. Swimmers achieving qualifying time standards will then move on to Regionals to be held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, February 6th. The season concludes, February 14th, in Raleigh at the NC State High School Swimming & Diving Championships.


Courtesy of Brian Herndon, Ragsdale Athletics Director….