Swimmers snag several post season honors
by Staff Writer
Lake Norman-area swimmers produced impressive individual and team efforts last weekend at state and regional meets. Here’s a recap of the top performances:
• HOUGH BOYS – The Huskies finished second among 43 teams at the N.C. 4A championships at Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary.
Jack Manchester, a senior, won state championships in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. His winning time of 49.39 seconds in the backstroke qualified for All-American status. Manchester’s winning time of 1:39.85 in the freestyle earned All-American consideration.
Hough’s Harrison Mitchell finished second in diving, narrowly missing his second straight state title. He scored 434.12 points and winner Aaron Daniels-Freeman (Durham Riverside High) had 435.95.
The quartet of Andrew Botelho, Patrick Cowley, Andrew Petry and Manchester finished second (by less than one second) in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Hough finished with 190 points, second to champion Cary Green Hope’s 259.
“Our boys had aspirations to win,” Hough coach Tim Queen said. “We knew Green Hope had several (NCAA) Division I athletes. Our guys swam their hearts out. We were in fourth place with three events to go, and they clawed their way to a medal.”
• HOPEWELL – For the second straight year, Marc Brittain scored all of the Titans’ points at the state meet. He earned nine points by winning the consolation finals in the 100-yard breaststroke, the event he won at the N.C. 4A West regional.
• PINE LAKE PREP – Freshman Alyssa Marsh made an impressive high-school debut with a state championship in the 100-yard backstroke and a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly at the N.C. 1A/2A championships. She won the backstroke in 57.11 seconds, and was a major reason the Pride finished ninth in the team standings.
• LAKE NORMAN CHARTER - The Knights boys finished third at the N.C. 1A/2A championships with 214 points. Champion N.C. School of Science & Math scored 281 points.
Lake Norman Charter’s Chris Cardwell, Drew Queen, Corrin Rothwell and Austin Jones won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:38.52.
Nathan Lane won the state diving championship with 380 points, 83 ahead of the runnerup. Cardwell was second in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke. Queen was second in the 100-yard breaststroke and Jones finished third in the 100-yard freestyle.
The Knights girls (148 points) finished fourth at the state meet. Adyson Lowe won the state diving championship and teammate Erin Lee finished third. Abbey Joiner finished second in the 200-yard individual medley.
• SOUTHLAKE CHRISTIAN – The Eagles won their fifth straight Metrolina Athletic Conference championship on Feb. 8. The Eagles girls scored 304 points, well ahead of runnerup Hickory Grove’s 251. SouthLake edged Hickory Grove 267-245 in the boys’ competition.
SouthLake’s conference champions included Lucas Haskins (200-yard freestyle), John Baker (500-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke), Kensley Rasborni (200-yard freestyle), Taylor Harkey (100-yard freestyle), Hannah Culbreth (500-yard freestyle) and Moriah Anderson (100-yard breaststroke).