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HARLOTTE CATHOLIC WINS BOTH MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CROWNS IN NCHSAA 3-A SWIMMING AND DIVING
RALEIGH – Charlotte Catholic swim teams each took their third consecutive North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A swimming and diving championships on Saturday night at the Willis Casey Aquatic Center on the North Carolina State University campus.
Led by Most Valuable Performer Charlie Hetzel, Catholic tallied 305.5 points in the men’s competition over second place Lake Norman with 172. Hetzel won both the 100 butterfly and the 200 individual medley, recording an automatic all-American time in the 200 IM.
Waynesville Tuscola was third with 145, followed by Concord (139.5) and Asheville T.C. Roberson (139).
Keri McAfee of Charlotte Catholic was the women’s MVP, with a pair of new state 3-A records en route to winning the 100 butterfly and the 200 individual medley. Her time in the 200 IM was good for automatic all-American consideration.
Catholic recorded 358.8 points in the women’s competition to 256 for runner-up Pfafftown Ronald Reagan. Marvin Ridge was third at 209, with Tuscola fourth with 166 and T.C. Roberson in fifth at 161.
The 3-A swimming championships are sponsored by the Raleigh Sports Consortium and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.
CHAPEL HILL SWEEPS NCHSAA 4-A SWIMMING AND DIVING
CHAPEL HILL – It was a great night for Chapel Hill High School, swimming in its hometown at the Koury Natatorium on the campus of the University of North Carolina.
Twice it went down the final event of the night, but Chapel Hill swept both the men’s and the women’s championships in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A swimming and diving championships on Saturday and broke some long streaks in the process.
The Tigers’ victory in the men’s competition snapped Raleigh Enloe’s string of consecutive state titles at nine. Chapel Hill, led by Most Valuable Performer Chris Gunnels, scored 211 points to 203.5 for runner-up North Mecklenburg. The senior swimmer won both the 100 free and 100 backstroke and swam a leg on a pair of relay teams that placed third.
Defending champ Enloe followed in third with 193.5, with East Chapel Hill (164) in fourth and Charlotte Providence (151) in fifth. There were 35 men’s teams which scored in the meet.
In the women’s meet, Chapel Hill stopped defending champion Providence, who had won the last four titles in succession and nine of the past 10 crowns. Chapel Hill tallied 240 points to 234 for Providence, followed by East Chapel Hill (206), Enloe (200) and Charlotte Myers Park (162). A total of 38 women’s teams scored in the meet.
Kirsten Smith of Raleigh Athens Drive became the first 4-A swimmer in the classified championships era to win two different events four years in a row. Smith captured both the 200 individual medley and the 500 free styles for the fourth straight time and was named the women’s meet MVP.
The 4-A swimming championships are sponsored by host city sponsors Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Chapel Hill, the Chapel Hill-Orange County Visitors Bureau, UNC Healthcare, BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina, and BB&T.