Some of the North Carolina Aquatic Club’s top swimmers headed to Austin, Texas, last weekend for the Arena Grand Prix meet.
Unlike many meets held this time of year, the Grand Prix was held at a long course (50 meter or Olympic) venue this one at the University of Texas and not a short course (25 yard) venue in which U.S. high schools and colleges compete.
The field included at least nine Olympic gold medalists and swimmers from like 26 countries.
Several NCAC athletes placed in the top 16 individually.
• Madison Homovich, age 13 from Pittsboro and Woods Charter, who placed third in the 400 IM, broke three N.C. state records for the 13-14 age group (400 IM, 200 fly, and her own 200 free record). She was also seventh in the 400 free, sixth in the 800 free, eighth in the 200 fly and 16th in the 200 free;
• Noah Cairns, 16, also from Pittsboro and Cardinal Gibbons, was 13th in the 400 IM and 16th in the 1,500 free;
• Claire DeSelm, 15, of Chapel Hill and CHHS, finished 13th in the 400 IM and 11th in the 200 fly;
• Will Macmillan, 15, of Chapel Hill and Carrboro High, was 14th in the 200 fly;
• Chip Peterson, 26, of Durham and a University of North Carolina grad, earned eighth in the 1,500 free. Coaches were especially gratified to see Peterson do well. A former NCAA All American and a Pan Am games gold medalist in the 10K Open Water event, Peterson is making a comeback after major surgery.
Other athletes who traveled to Austin included:
• Annabelle Durham, age 16, a Chapel Hill High junior;
• Mia Morrell, age 15, Carrboro High sophomore;
• Uma Knaven, age 13, Chapel Hill High freshman;
• Sophie Perez, age 13, an eighth-grader at Phillips middle school.
Jones to be honored by ACC
Marion Jones, a member of North Carolina's 1994 National Championship squad and one of the finest athletes ever at UNC, wll will represent the Tar Heels in the 10th annual class of ACC Women's Basketball Legends. The Legends will be honored at the 2014 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament, held March 5-9at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Color the Hill returns to Finley
The second annual Color the Hill Fun Run, a lively 4K at UNCs cross-country course at Finely Fields, will be held on Saturday, May 3.
As runners/walkers reach each of five stations, they will be blitzed by race volunteers with non-toxic, colored powder.
Staggered start times begin at 10 a.m.
The registration fees are $35 for participants age 11 and up. Kids ages 5-10 are only $15 with a paying adult. And children under 5 are free with a paying adult. A $5 adult registration discount is available until Feb. 10.