North Carolina High School Athletic Association

2017 Swimming & Diving Championships Recaps

1A/2A Swimming & Diving Championship Recap: Pine Lake Prep Women, Washington Men capture championships​

FEB 9, 2017 

CARY, N.C. – The Pine Lake Prep women dominated the 1A/2A Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship, as the team won two of the three relays on the day to win the school’s second straight state championship in the sport. On the men’s side Washington cruised to their second straight championship by winning two of the three relays as well.

Thomas Hamlet was the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer for the men as the Bishop McGuinness sophomore captured first place in the 100 Butterfly (:51.35) and the 100 Backstroke (:50.66). The Women’s Most Outstanding Performer award went to Emme Nelson from Community School of Davidson who won the 200 Individual Medley (2:03.98) and the 100 Breaststroke (1:09.94).

The Pine Lake Prep women got an individual victory from Allyson Accordino as she completed the 50 Freestyle in :23.80 seconds. Accordino also finished second in the 100 Freestyle in a time of :51.60 seconds, just .27 seconds behind first place Alexandria Baker from Lincoln Charter. Pride junior diver Nicole Yeakley finished second in the 1 meter diving event.

Washington jumped out to an early lead grabbing a victory in the first two events of the meet. The Pam Pack 200 Medley Relay (1:38.15) won as freshman Patrick Lovenberg teamed with three seniors, Kevin Andrews, A.J. Howard and Justin Clark to take the event in a comfortable margin of more than four seconds over Bishop McGuinness. Andrews followed that up in the next event with a 200 Freestyle victory as he touched in 1:41.59.




3A Swimming & Diving Championship Recap: Marvin Ridge sweeps men’s and women’s in dominating fashion​

FEB 11, 2017 

CARY, N.C – Marvin Ridge women opened the 3A Swimming and Diving State Championship meet with a huge win in the Women’s 200 Medley Relay and didn’t look back on their way to a fourth straight state championship. The Mavericks men’s team made things a little more interesting than their female counterparts, but not much more, as the Maverick men won two of the three relay events on their way to the Men’s first state championship in the sport in school history.

Caroline Hauder was a star for the Maverick Women, leading off the 200 Medley Relay team including Mary Agnes Rothenberger, Katie Rivers and Madeline Tessin as the team posted a 1:46.60, winning by more than a second over Cox Mill. Hauder went on to win the next two events, the 200 Freestyle (1:48.52) and the 200 Individual Medley (2:01.52) as she was named the meet M.V.P.

On the men’s side, the overall team competition was much tighter as Marvin Ridge held off a hard charge from the three time defending state champions Chapel Hill. At the end of the day Marvin Ridge held a 328.5-297 win over the Tigers.

The men’s M.V.P. was Noah Henderson from Wetern Alamance as he won the 50 Freestyle, touching in :20.76 seconds and the 100 Butterfly in :48.96 seconds.



4A Swimming & Diving Championship Recap: South Mecklenburg men and Hough women take home the hardware


FEB 10, 2017 

CARY, N.C. – The South Mecklenburg men’s team took home their third straight 4A state championship as they held off Hough 279-208 by taking two of the three relay events at the meet. The Hough women nabbed their second straight title led by Jennifer Giacalone who won the 1-meter diving event with a score of 474.40.

South Mecklenburg men got stellar performances in the relays, winning two of the three events. The Sabres out-touched Hough in the 400 Free Relay as Christopher Pfuhl, Kellen Stillman, Weston Youngblood and Johnson combined to post a 3:06.64 time. Johnson also finished third in the 200 IM (1:51.01), finishing behind Chan from Hough and Brown from Athens Drive in the event.

Julia Poole from Middle Creek was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Performer winning the 200 Individual Medley in a time of 1:58.96 and the the 100 Breaststroke in a time of 1:01.78. It was the second year in a row she earned the honor. She set a new state record in the 200 Individual Medley in the preliminary heats touching the wall in 1:58.77.

On the men’s side Broughton’s Jack Messenger was named the Men’s Most Outstanding Performer as he won the 50 and 100 Freestyle events. Messenger’s time of :44.64 in the 100 Free set a new state record, edging the mark set in 2014 by Holly Spring’s Colin Ellington (:44.86). Messenger also won the 50 Freestyle in a time of :20.53 seconds.