CARY— Caroline Hauder won a pair of events to help lead Waxhaw Marvin Ridge to its second consecutive team championship on Thursday night in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A swimming and diving championships at the Triangle Aquatic Center.
Marvin Ridge rolled to victory in the women’s meet, with Hauder taking first in both the 100 breaststroke and the 100 backstroke for the state champs and anchoring the winning 400 free relay quartet. She set a new state 3-A record of 1:03.79 in the breast en route to the Most Outstanding Swimmer award.
Marvin Ridge registered 383 points to 257 for runner-up Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons. Third place went to Chapel Hill (216), followed by Hickory (167) and Hickory St. Stephens (131). There were 36 schools scoring in the women's meet.
For the second year in a row, Claire DeSelm of Chapel Hill won both the 100 fly and 200 individual medley. She also swam the first leg on the third-place 200-medley relay team.
Hickory’s Emmaline Peterson set a new 3-A standard in the 500 free in 4:50.11 and also took first in the 200 free.
A deep Chapel Hill team won its second consecutive men’s title after snapping the Cardinal Gibbons men’s team string of championships at six a year ago, spanning two classifications. The Tigers tallied 341 points to 301.5 for Gibbons to take the crown. Marvin Ridge was third at 220.5, followed by Concord (152.5) and Northern Guilford (151.5).
A total of 38 teams scored points in the men’s meet.
Senior Noah Cairns of Gibbons notched victories in both the 100 breast and the 500 free and swam a leg on the victorious 200 medley relay team to earn Most Outstanding Swimmer in the men’s meet.
Sportsmanship awards went to Lexie White of Marvin Ridge and Maddy Wanbaugh of Gibbons on the women’s side, while the men’s awards were presented to Emery Harwell of Chapel Hill and Luke Stevens of Cardinal Gibbons.
The 1-A/2-A championships will be held on Friday and the 4-A schools will compete Saturday, all at the Triangle Aquatics Center. The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance is the host sponsor of the championships.