West Davidson Women, Carrboro Men Take NCHSAA 1-A/2-A Swim Crowns


CARY⎯ Led by senior Kelly Ann Baird, West Davidson slipped past Carrboro to win the women’s team championship on Monday night in the 1-A/2-A All American Swim Supply-NCHSAA 2010 State Swimming and Diving Championships at the Triangle Aquatic Center.

It went down to the final event, with West Davidson winning the 400 freestyle relay to edge Carrboro 248-242. Both teams were tied with 208 points going into that race. Rounding out the top five s were Lake Norman Charter (217), Elkin (145), and Salisbury (136).

Baird earned the women’s Most Valuable Performer award as she recorded first places in the 200 and 500 freestyle. In both events, she qualified for an automatic All-American time and broke her own 1A/2A record in the 500 free from last year by more than two seconds. She also anchored the final leg of the deciding 400 freestyle.

In men’s competition, Carrboro rolled to victory with a score of 368 points, topping the second-place team, Kernersville Bishop McGuiness (166), by a whopping 202 points. Lake Norman Charter was third with 164, followed by Raleigh Charter at 151 and West Davidson at 150.

The men’s MVP was Raleigh Charter sophomore Joe Bonk, as he took first place in both the 50 and 100 freestyle and also anchored a leg in the victorious 200 free relay. In both individual events, he qualified for an automatic All-American time and set two new 1A/2A records. In the 50 free, he broke the old record from 2008 in the morning preliminary competition, and bested himself in the evening session with a faster time by more than half a second.

Peter Brumm of Lake Norman Charter was a double winner, taking both the 200 free and the 100 butterfly, while Michael Thomson of Durham School of the Arts also won two individual events, the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke.

The meet had been postponed to Monday due to inclement weather.

In addition to All American Swim Supply as 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.