In advance of the 57th WNC Sports Awards Banquet sponsored by Ingles, WLOS.com will honor each of the 122 WNC high-school athletes and teams chosen as finalists.
Today’s honorees are finalists the First Citizens Bank Division I Female Athlete in an Olympic Sport Award.
The finalists include:
** Veronica Judson is a tennis player at Smoky Mountain High who won a state 2A title in doubles along with partner Madison Polyasko.
They finished 22-0 and lost only one set all season. Judson also posted a 17-8 record in singles over the past two seasons.
She is a four-year member of the National Honor Society and has a 4.75 grade-point average.
** Madison Polyasko is the other half of the Smoky Mountain tennis doubles team that won a state 2A title with Judson.
She has posted a 34-4 record in singles the past three seasons.
Madison is in the top 10 percent of her class, a member of the National Honor Society with a 4.4 grade-point average.
** Roberson’s Grace Reeder is a 3A state champion swimmer in the 200-individual medley. She was named the all-area Swimmer of the Year and was part of a 200-medley relay team that placed second in the state.
She is the Buncombe County champion in four events and the Western Mountain Athletic Conference champion in three events.
Grace is an all-conference and all-county selection with a 4.325 grade-point average.
** Ana Tsiros was the Western Mountain Athletic Conference Golfer of the Year at Asheville High.
She finished second in the Western Regionals and sixth at the state tournament.
She was selected all-state by the Tarheel Youth Golf Association and has a grade-point average of 4.45.
** Owen High’s Jaiden Tweed is a two-time Pitcher of the Year in the Western Highlands Conference.
She is a three-time all-conference pick in softball and has made the all-conference tennis team each of the past two seasons.
Jaiden has been named team most valuable player in softball and tennis and is in the top 15 of her class, with a 4.56 grade-point average.
** Elise Wright is a distance runner at Roberson who has three state titles, two in outdoor track (1,000 and 1,600 meters) and one in cross country.
She has also won four Western Regional titles in track and cross country.
Elise has a 5.16 grade-point average and will attend Wake Forest.
The 57th WNC Sports Award Banquet is set for May 6 at Omni Grove Park Inn. Tickets can be purchased at wncsportsawards.org.
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