Top Swimmers, Teams Set For NCHSAA Competition


CHAPEL HILL— North Carolina High School Athletic Association state championships in all classifications of swimming and diving are set for the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary this weekend.

The All American Swim Supply-NCHSAA 2011 State Swimming and Diving Championships are set for February 10-12, with different classifications on each day. The championships will kick off on Thursday with the 1-A/2-A event, followed on Friday by the 4-A championships and then conclude on Saturday with the 3-A competition, all at the Triangle Aquatic Center.

All American Swim Supply is in its second year as the title partner of the NCHSAA State Swimming & Diving Championships.  It is a full service swim store and team dealer located at Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary.

The partnership allows opportunities for NCHSAA swimming programs and individual athletes statewide to secure necessary swimming related accessories and products via Internet or in-store sales.

Swimming will commence each day with preliminaries starting after the coaches’ meeting, which is scheduled to end at around 8:45 am. Finals are slated to begin at 5:00 pm each day.

The diving for all classifications will occur at Pullen Aquatic Center in Raleigh. Diving competition will be start on Wednesday, February 9, with the 1-A/2-A divers, with warm-ups beginning at 2 p.m. and competition at 2:45. The 4-A divers will compete on Thursday, with warm-ups starting at 1:00 and then competition 45 minutes later.

The 3-A diving competition is Friday, with all warm-ups starting at 1 pm and competition 45 minutes later.

“All American Swim Supply is proud of our partnership with the NCHSAA,” said owner Keith Haden. “We look forward to developing new relationships with swimmers and coaches in the North Carolina area.”

In men’s competition, Carrboro is the defending 1-A/2-A team champion and swept to victory in the team standings in last weekend’s 1A/2A Eastern Regionals. Kernersville Bishop McGuinness captured top honors in the Western Regionals.

Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons earned the 3-A title last year and also won its regional last week. A perennially strong Charlotte Catholic squad won the 3-A Western Regional title. Defending 4-A champ Charlotte Providence will be strong again, coming off last weekend’s winning performance in the 4-A Western Regionals, while East Chapel Hill and Cary Green Hope also took regional titles last weekend among 4-A men’s competitors.

Last year East Chapel Hill broke the Providence hold on the 4-A women’s title, since the Charlotte school had won five of the last six prior to 2010 and 10 of the last 12 state crowns. East won the 4-A Central Regional last weekend, while Providence took the Western title and Cary the Eastern crown.

Charlotte Catholic won its fifth consecutive 3-A women’s state title a year ago and rolled to this year’s Western Regional crown, with Chapel Hill set to challenge for state honors after taking its own Central Regional championship. West Davidson is the defending 1-A/2-A champion, with Carrboro and Lake Norman Charter picking up 2011 regional team titles.

In addition to All American Swim Supply serving as the title sponsor, Wendy’s is the presenting sponsor of the NCHSAA sports programs and the Raleigh Sports Consortium is the primary host sponsor for the championships in Wake County.