In advance of the 57th WNC Sports Awards Banquet sponsored by Ingles, WLOS.com will honor each of the 118 WNC high-school athletes and teams chosen as finalists.
Today the honorees are the finalists in the Carole Martin/Northwestern Mutual Division II Female Athlete in an Olympic Sport.
The finalists are Erin Buter, Asheville Christian Academy swimming; Abigail Kriegler, Asheville School swimming; Rachel Kuehn, Asheville School golf and tennis and Emma Pindur, Swain County track and field.
** Buter has been a six-year letterman in swimming who has qualified for the state meet all six seasons. She holds three school records in the 100 breaststroke, the 100 flystroke and 100 backstroke, and is also on three record-setting relay teams.
She is a five-time all-conference performer who finished second in the state in the 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 100 flystroke.
She has won the school’s Excellence Award and has a 3.98 grade-point average.
** Kriegler holds four school records in the 100 and 200 freestyle, the 200 intermediate and 500 freestyle. She is an all-conference selection and won four events at the conference meet.
Kriegler placed in the top eight in five events at the Senior State Championship meet and set an Ironman Meet record in the 500 freestyle.
She finished second in the state in the 500 freestyle and third in the 200 freestyle and qualified to swim in the USA Swimming Junior National Championship meet.
She has a 3.72 grade-point average.
** Kuehn won her second straight NCISAA state championship, shooting 5-under par for 36 holes to win by seven shots. She is ranked No. 1 in the state and 24th in the country in junior golf.
In tennis, Kuehn was 21-1 in singles and doubles last season and is a two-time all-conference player of the year.
She ranks third in her class with a 4.38 grade-point average.
** Pindur has won seven state titles in track, including three in the 4 X 800 relay, two in the 4 X 400 relay and two at 800 meters. She was also part of the 2016 state title team, named the outstanding performer at that state meet.
She has a 4.75 grade-point average, is a Questbridge finalists and volunteers as a youth soccer and running coach.
The banquet is May 6 at Omni Grove Park Inn. Tickets be purchased at wncsportsawards.org.
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