Catholic swimmers pull regional title double
Up next: the 3A state meet in Cary on Thursday, Feb. 9.
The Catholic girls have won 10 consecutive state championships and are favored to make it 11 in a row. The boys have finished second the last three seasons.
At last weekend’s regional, the girls established four meet records and won 10 of 11 events, en route to scoring 545 points. The boys scored 361.
Individual girls winners included Lauren Rhodes, who won the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 52.63 seconds) and 100 freestyle, setting a meet record (51.59); Nicole Emery, who won the 200 individual medley in a meet-record 2:07.81; Nora McCullagh, who set a meet record in the 50 freestyle (23.93); Maria Sheridan, who set the 100 butterfly record (57.30) and won the 100 backstroke (59.83); and Allison McDonough, who won the 100 breaststroke (1:08.29).
In the boys competition, -Matthew Rigali won the 100 breaststroke (1:01.03), and the Cougars finished first in the 200 medley relay (Ryan Hall, Nick Rhodes, Rigali and Kevin Kirby).
Providence boys earn regional swim title
The Providence boys stayed undefeated as they won the 4A Western Regional swim meet on Feb. 4, holding off Cornelius’ Hough High by 17 points.
Now, the Panthers eye winning their fourth consecutive state championship on Feb. 9 in Cary.
Ardrey Kell was second in the girls meet, followed by Providence (third), South Meck (fourth) and Myers Park (sixth).
Ardrey Kell was third in the boys meet, followed by South Meck (fifth), Myers Park (sixth), Independence (ninth) and East Meck (10th).
Boys individual winners were Providence’s Kevin Glenn, who took the 200-yard individual medley (1 minute, 56.20 seconds); Providence’s Austin Snyder, who won the 100 butterfly (52.32); and Ardrey Kell’s David Chang won a swim-off to claim the 100 breaststroke (1:03.01)
Girls winners included Ardrey Kell’s Shannon Foreman, who took the 50 freestyle (24.40), and Ardrey Kell’s Sam Benson, who won the 100 butterfly (58.09),
The Ardrey Kell girls took the 200 freestyle relay (Foreman, Benson, Katie Erickson and Christina Villarasa), and the Providence boys won the 200 freestyle relay (Ryan Wilkinson, Kyle Darmody, John Ferretti and Glenn).
Indoor state finals this weekend
The Class 4A state indoor track and field meet will be held Saturday,
Feb. 11 at Eddie Smith Field House on the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill.
A number of south Charlotte athletes will contend for titles, including many who enter the competition with favorable seedings.
Among boys, Providence’s Wyatt Maxey is seeded sixth in the 3,200 meters and seventh in the 1,000. Providence’s Jordan Javadi is fifth in the 55 hurdles, and Ardrey Kell’s 4×800 relay team is seeded third.
In the girls competition, South Mecklenburg’s Madelin Talbert is expected to do well in a number of events, including the 1,000 (seeded seventh) and the 1,600 (11th). South Meck’s Lilly Anderson is seeded ninth in the 3,200, while Providence has two relay teams in contention: the 4×800 (sixth) and the 4×400 (10th).