HUNTERSVILLE HUNTERSVILLEIf there were any questions on how Charlotte Catholic’s girls swim team would fare with its move up to class 4A, they were resoundingly answered Saturday.
The Cougars dominated the field at the NCHSAA 4A West Regional swim meet Saturday at Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatics, beating two-time 4A state and regional champion Hough.
In the boys division, Hough – last year's 4A state runner-up – needed a win in the final event to pull out a 4.5-point victory over South Mecklenburg (361.5-357) and win its third consecutive regional title. Ardrey Kell was third with 303 points.
Catholic’s girls won 10 of 11 events – and set regional meet records in eight of those – to finish with 506 points, 98 better than the Huskies (408). Providence was a distant third with 262 points.
That extends the Cougars’ streak of regional meet wins – covering 1A/2A, 3A and now 4A – to 13 straight, putting them in good position to also extend their run of 12 consecutive state championships another year.
“This is all new to us,” Catholic coach Brian Gross said. “We’ve swam against teams like Hough and South Meck before, but this is the big leagues now. We started off in kind of a hole, but the girls really stepped up.”
Rebecca Postoll and Nora McCullagh each won two individual events and were part of two winning relay teams (200- and 400-yard freestyle) for the Cougars.
Postoll won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events, while McCullagh won in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke.
The Cougars also picked up event wins from Nicole Emery in the 200-yard individual medley, Elsa Welshofer in the 100-yard butterfly and Lauren Rhodes in the 100-yard freestyle. Catholic also won in the 200-yard medley relay.
The lone non-Catholic swimmer to win an event was T.C. Roberson’s Alyssa Arwood, who took the 100-yard breaststroke.
In the boys’ division, the Huskies won just three events, with Trey Poff taking a pair of individual titles in the 200 and 500 freestyle. He also swam the second leg on Hough’s winning 400 freestyle relay team.
South Meck also won three events, with Graham Weaver taking the 50 freestyle and Nathan Murray the 100 backstroke. The two were also part of the Sabres' winning 200 medley relay team.
But South Meck, which went into the 400 freestyle relay as the No. 1 seed, finished third in the event after leading the first two legs, behind Hough and Providence.
Myers Park’s Jackson Smith also won two individual events, the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly. Other event winners were Zach Cox of Providence in the 100 freestyle, Brandon Keller of Olympic in the 100 breaststroke, and Ardrey Kell in the 200 freestyle relay.
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