All-Cabarrus News: Cannon, Cox Mill notch wins in girls’ swimming championships
Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014

All-Cabarrus News: Cannon, Cox Mill notch wins in girls’ swimming championships

    Cox Mill’s Jamie Carter, center, is the Cabarrus News girls’ swimming coach of the year. “This year, aside from it being an accomplished season, it’s the most spirited team we’ve had,” said Carter.
    For the fourth year in her high school career, Cannon School’s Maija Roses won the state titles in both the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke. The senior also won the events as a seventh- and eighth-grader.
  • All-Cabarrus Girls’ Swimming

    200-yard medley relay: Cannon School (Diana Dale, Maija Roses, Darby West and Isabella Jacoby) – Slipped past Charlotte Latin team to win state championship in 1:50.12.

    200-yard freestyle: Lexi Rohrer, Concord, Soph. – Won the 3A Central regional and missed swimming in the state consolation finals by one spot, finishing 17th.

    200-yard individual medley: Sydney Vandenburg, Central Cabarrus, Jr. – Placed 14th at 3A state meet after finishing second at the Central Regional.

    50-yard freestyle: Madeline Cowart, Cox Mill, Sr. – The best of three Cox Mill swimmers that finished within 0.23 seconds of each other at the Central Regional. Cowart placed fourth.

    100-yard butterfly: Cathleen Rogers, Cox Mill, Fr. – Only Cabarrus swimmer to make the consolation finals at the 3A state meet. She finished 16th overall and second at regionals.

    100-yard freestyle: Hailey Knox, Concord, Sr. – Placed 11th at the state meet and fifth at regionals, where the SPC had five of the top seven finishers.

    500-yard freestyle: Samantha Houghton, Cox Mill, Fr. – One of four Cox Mill freshmen on the all-Cabarrus team. Placed 20th at states and eighth at regionals.

    200-yard freestyle relay: Cannon School (Isabella Jacoby, Darby West, Diana Dale and Maija Roses) – Finished second in the state (1:41.74) by less than a second.

    100-yard backstroke:Madison Holland, Cox Mill, Fr. – Third place finish at states complemented her fourth place swim in the 100-yard freestyle. Also the 100-yard backstroke regional champ.

    100-yard breaststroke: Maija Roses, Cannon School, Sr. – State champ in this event and the 200-yard individual medley for six years.

    400-yard freestyle relay: Cox Mill (Cathleen Rogers, Mackenzie O’Brien, Madison Greenhall and Pang Wongsettapusit) – Finished sixth in the state with a time of 3:48.64.

While Cabarrus County will say goodbye to one of its most prolific individual girl swimmers, it may be saying hello to the team of the future.

Senior Maija Roses capped her career at Cannon School with some wins. She won the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke at the 3A private/independent schools state meet for the fourth straight year.

Cox Mill High rolled through the South Piedmont 3A Conference, winning nine of 11 events at the conference championship meet. Five of the six individual events the Chargers won were by freshmen.

Cox Mill also placed seven swimmers on the girls’ all-Cabarrus team.

The Chargers placed fourth at the 3A state meet, matching the best finish in the county by either a girls’ or a boys’ team. The Cannon School girls placed fourth, as did the Concord boys team.

Six seniors will graduate from this year’s Cox Mill team, but five juniors and nine freshmen will return next year. Madeline Cowart, Lexi Wrist, Mackenzie O’Brien and Pang Wongsettapusit were all seniors who scored points at the state meet.

Among the seniors coach Jamie Carter will sorely miss is Wrist; she has coached Wrist as a summer league swimmer since she was in grade school.

Girls’ Swim Coach of the Year: Jamie Carter, Cox Mill High – Not only did Cox Mill have its most talented team of its first five years of competition, it also had its deepest. Ten swimmers represented the team at the 3A state championship meet.

At states, the Chargers were represented in every event except diving. That was a first for the young program. No one won a state title, but Cox Mill finished in the top six in five different events.

Cox Mill nearly doubled the second-place team’s points at the SPC meet. At the Central regional, the Chargers won by more than 200 points over second-place South Rowan, which was its chief rival in league competition.

“This year, aside from it being an accomplished season, it’s the most spirited team we’ve had,” said Carter. “They pulled together and rooted each other on. They saw what they could do when they cheered each other on.”

Girls’ Swimmer of the Year: Maija Roses, Cannon School – As a member of Team USA’s National Junior Team, Roses has competed against some of the finest young swimmers in the world. But she takes high school swimming very seriously, too.

A native of Durham, Roses moved with her mom to Huntersville four years ago so she could train with the renowned SwimMAC Carolina program. Competing for Cannon School, though, also became a priority.

“A lot of people who swim year-round back home (Durham), they often stop swimming in high school and just swim year-round,” said Roses. “I wanted to represent my school. It shows you’re a well-rounded person, staying in shape, doing something for yourself and doing well academically.

“It just incorporates everything I enjoy. It’s fun being with my friends on the pool deck.”

Roses turned in the same state meet results this year as an individual and relay member as she did last season. She won state titles in her two individual events and in the 200-yard medley relay, as well as finishing second in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Other members of the winning relay team were sophomores Diana Dale and Isabella Jacoby, and junior Darby West.

Roses started winning high school state championships before she transferred to Cannon School. She also won the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke as a seventh- and eighth-grader at Durham Academy.

Joe Habina is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Joe? Email him at

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