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Charlotte Latin’s boys claim another NCISAA swim title

By Bill Kiser
Correspondent

GREENSBORO Charlotte Latin’s boys swim team didn’t appear to have that good a day Monday, based on the number of events the Hawks won.

Yet at the end, Latin was once again holding up the champion’s trophy – the prize for winning another N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state title.

The Hawks won just two relay events at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, but used their depth to score in seven other events for their second straight state title and fourth since 2006.

Latin finished with 264 points, 40 points ahead of runnerup Cary Academy (224). Asheville School was third with 188.

“We’re ‘team strong,’ ” Hawks coach Patty Waldron said. “Last year, we had those two guys (Hayes McCullagh and Michael Chadwick) who won like four events each. This year really speaks to a team victory, and everybody can claim ownership to it.”

Latin’s girls fell short of making it a sweep of the NCISAA state titles, finishing second by 52.5 points to Raleigh’s Ravenscroft School in the team standings (309.5-257). Cary Academy was third with 231.

The Hawks’ boys took wins in both the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay. Jackson Dickey, Ikenna Eruchalu and James Hardy swam in both events, with Madison Jaulin swimming on the 200 medley relay team and Tyler D’Allaird on the 400 freestyle relay team.

In addition to Latin’s two relay wins, six other events were won by Charlotte-area swimmers. SouthLake Christian, which finished sixth in the team standings, led the state meet with three individual event wins.

Providence Day’s Bailey Burt and SouthLake Christian’s John Baker each won two events. Burt took the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events, while Baker won the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke, and swam on SouthLake’s winning 200-yard freestyle relay team.

Hickory Grove Christian’s Elijah Sears won the 100-yard breaststroke.

In the 3A girls meet, Charlotte-area swimmers won four individual events, three of those coming directly or indirectly by Cannon School senior Maija Roses.

Roses, who has signed with Cal, capped her high school career by winning both the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley for an unprecedented sixth time. She also swam on Cannon’s winning 200 medley relay team.

The other area event win came from Stephanie Nelson of Charlotte Country Day, who took the 100 backstroke.

In the 1A/2A championships, Carolina Day’s boys won their third consecutive state title, while O’Neal School’s girls won their first title in 14 years.

Only one area swimmer – Gaston Day’s Nathaniel Hartley – won an individual event title in 1A/2A. Hartley won the boys 200 freestyle, and he set a state record in the boys 100 backstroke.

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