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CARRBORO MEN TAKE THIRD STRAIGHT CROWN IN NCHSAA STATE 1-A/2-A SWIMMING AND DIVING; RALEIGH CHARTER WINS WOMEN'S TITLE
CARY-- Sam Strosnider helped lead Carrboro to its third consecutive men's team championship Friday night in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A/2-A swimming and diving championships at the Triangle Aquatic Center.
Strosnider took individual titles in both the 200 intermediate medley and the longest race, the 500 free, and swam a leg on the 400 free relay team that shattered the classification record Carrboro had set in 2011 by almost seven seconds.
Carrboro held off Lake Norman Charter, tallying 291 points to 267.5 for the runner-up. Kernersville Bishop McGuinness was third with 224, followed by Shelby (162) and Raleigh Charter (150). There were 38 schools scoring points in the men's championship.
Other double winners included Raleigh Charter's Joe Bonk, one of the classification's top swimmers, who won both the 50 free and 100 free and set new NCHSAA 1-A/2-A records in the process, breaking his own marks. He was named the meet's Most Outstanding Swimmer.
Shelby's Matt Long also captured first place in two events, the 100 butterfly and 200 free, setting new 1-A/2-A standards in both. He swam the 200 free in 1:40.96, over three seconds faster than the old mark.
In the women's meet, Raleigh Charter pulled away in impressive fashion to record its second consecutive team championship, recording 378 points to 238 for runner-up Lake Norman Charter. Following the leaders in the standings were Carrboro (208.5), Pittsboro Northwood (132) and Bishop McGuinness (115). A total of 39 women's teams scored in the meet.
Among the leaders for Raleigh Charter were Rachel Hatt, who took first in the 50 free and teammate Olivia Ontjes, who was the 100 free champion. Both swam legs on two of Raleigh Charter's three championship relay teams, with Hatt on the winning 200 free quartet, Ontjes swimming the second leg on the 200 medley winner, and both swimming the 400 free relay. Hatt was also fourth individually in the 100 free.
Raleigh Charter's Margaret Ireland captured first in the 100 back, was second in the 200 IM, and led off on that victorious 200 medley team.
Caitlin Casazza of Bishop McGuinness earned two individual championships, taking first in the 100 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke, and was the Most Outstanding Swimmer of the women's meet.
The 4-A championships will be held on Saturday at the Triangle Aquatics Center.
All American Swim Supply serves as the title sponsor of the championships, and the Raleigh Sports Consortium is the primary host sponsor.
COMPLETE RESULTS ARE AVAILABLE BY CLICKING ON CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS ON RIGHT SIDE OF FRONT PAGE AND THEN TO SWIMMING