Sports Shorts for February 17

Ardrey Kell girls relay team wins state swim title

The Ardrey Kell girls 200-yard freestyle relay team won a gold medal at the Class 4A state swimming and diving meet at Cary’s Triangle Aquatic Center last weekend.

The Knights quartet of Sam Benson, Katie Erickson, Christina Villarasa and Shannon Foreman clocked at time of 1 minute, 38.60 seconds to claim first place.

The finish helped Ardrey Kell (133 points) take sixth place in the girls team standings. Providence (104) was 10th,, South Mecklenburg 17th, Myers Park 20th and East Meck 33rd.

Foreman also was fifth in the 50 freestyle and sixth in the 100 freestyle.

Among area boys individual finishers, South Meck’s Mitchell Cooper was sixth in the 200 individual medley. In boys diving, Myers Park’s Sazzy Gourley was third, and teammate Cole Petty was eighth.

Providence won the boys title for the third consecutive season. Ardrey Kell was 11th, South Meck 17th and Myers Park 22nd.

Maxey earns bronze at indoor track meet

Providence High’s Wyatt Maxey had the strongest showing among south Charlotte competitors at the Class 4A indoor track and field championships at the University of North Carolina.

Maxey took third place in the boys 1,000-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 35.78 seconds. Ardrey Kell’s Christian White finished fifth in the event (2:38.08).

Providence’s Jordan Javadi was eighth in the 55 hurdles (19.13 seconds).

The Ardrey Kell 4×800 relay team of White, Dan Whalen, Parth Shah and Thomas McLean earned a bronze medal in 8:15.70.

Ardrey Kell was 18th in the team competition, and Providence was 26th.

The Providence girls finished eighth in the team standings, thanks to strong showings from Gina Daniel, who was sixth in the 1,000 (3:09.68), and Bianca Bishop, who was seventh in the 1,600 (5:22.31).

The Providence girls 4×800 relay team of Daniel, Grace Sullivan, Bishop and Arden Mattachini took fourth place (9:52.68).

South Meck’s Lilly Anderson was eighth in the girls 3,200 (11:34.36).

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