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SOUTH MECKLENBURG AND HOUGH CLAIM 4A SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CARY, NC – The NCHSAA 4A State Swimming & Diving Championships got off to a fast start as in the first men’s championship heat of the day, both Hough and South Mecklenburg broke the state 200 Medley Relay record, which the Hough relay squad had set in the preliminary heats earlier in the morning. South Mecklenburg edged the Huskies when it mattered most, taking home the title with a time of 1:32.58, just .13 seconds better than Hough.

Six swimmers or relay teams broke state records during the men’s and women’s meet, but that all happened in three championship heats.

South Mecklenburg ran away with the men’s meet, defeating second place Hough 378-242.

Hough’s Will Chan tied the state record in the 100 Breaststroke during the preliminary heats, finishing with a time of 55.14. That matched the 2013 time of Daniel Le from Northwest Guilford. Chan was named the Most Outstanding Swimmer, as the only men’s double winner, taking the 200 Individual Medley as well as the 100 Breaststroke.

On the women’s side, Hough came into the swimming portion with a 45-point head start after four Hough divers finished in the points in the diving event yesterday. The Huskies quickly ran out to an even larger advantage as they snatched the first relay of the day, the 200 Medley Relay by almost three seconds. Hough posted a time of 1:43.21 ahead of second place Green Hope’s 1:46.07.

The Huskies ran away and hid from the rest of the field from there, as they swam to a 387-222 victory over second place Green Hope. The 4A defending champions, Charlotte Catholic, saw their streak of 14 consecutive state swimming championships snapped as they finished in third place with 176 points.

Julia Poole of Middle Creek edged Jessica Merritt of Hough 1:59.76 to 1:59.95 in the 200 Individual Medley. Both swimmers broke the state record from 2008 set by Kirsten Smith of Athens Drive (2:00.58). Poole was named the women’s competition’s Most Outstanding Swimmmer winning the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Breaststroke. She also swam on the 200 Medley Relay team that finished 9th and the 3rd place 400 Freestyle Relay team.

Grace Countie of Leesville Road won the women’s 50 Free with a record time of 22.75 seconds. Erika Brown from Hough also eclipsed the state record time, finishing the 50 Free in 22.84 seconds. The previous record was held by Nora McCullagh (22.88) of Charlotte Catholic, set back in 2014.

Julia Menkhaus of Charlotte Catholic brought home the 100 Butterfly on the women’s side in a 4A record time of 54.12 seconds.

The 2016 NCHSAA Swimming & Diving Championships continue tomorrow at Triangle Aquatic Center with the 3A Championships, followed by the 1A/2A Championships on Saturday.

Women's Team Competition

 

Men's Team Competition

 

TEAM

POINTS

   

TEAM

POINTS

1

Hough

387

 

1

South Mecklenburg

378

2

Green Hope

222

 

2

Hough

242

3

Charlotte Catholic

176.5

 

3

Green Hope

159

4

Leesville Road

151.5

 

4

Athens Drive

157

5

Apex

142.5

 

5

Reagan

125

6

Middle Creek

121

 

6

Providence

121

7

Millbrook

120

 

7

Millbrook

113

8

South Mecklenburg

113

 

8

Leesville Road

111

9

Northwest Guilford

96

 

9

Grimsley

94

10

Ardrey Kell

81

 

10

Cary

93

11

Providence

79

 

11

Apex

92

12

East Chapel Hill

70

 

12

Middle Creek

76

13

Grimsley

69.5

 

13

Page

66

14

Myers Park

64

 

14

R.J. Reynolds

60

15

Page

63

 

15

Myers Park

46

16

Cardinal Gibbons

42

 

t16

Broughton

38

17

West Forsyth

34

 

t16

T.C. Roberson

38

18

T.C. Roberson

29

 

18

East Chapel Hill

37

19

Lake Norman

28

 

19

North Mecklenburg

30

t20

Enloe

26

 

20

D.H. Conley

26

t20

Jordan

26

 

t21

Ardrey Kell

24

22

Riverside

25

 

t21

West Forsyth

24

t23

East Mecklenburg

21

 

23

Northwest Guilford

22

t23

Reagan

21

 

t24

Holly Springs

20

25

Panther Creek

20

 

t24

Panther Creek

20

26

D.H. Conley

14

 

t26

Enloe

17

t27

Ashley

13

 

t26

Cardinal Gibbons

17

t27

Sanderson

13

 

28

Riverside

14

t29

R.J. Reynolds

12

 

29

Pinecrest

13

t29

Southwest Guilford

12

 

30

Mount Tabor

12

t31

Clayton

11

 

t31

Jordan

9

t31

Southern Alamance

11

 

t31

Sanderson

9

33

Ragsdale

6

 

33

Southwest Guilford

6

34

North Mecklenburg

5

 

t34

High Point Central

4

       

t34

New Hanover

4

       

36

Ragsdale

3

       

37

East Wake

2