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Marvin Ridge girls win NCHSAA 3A swimming championship

Marvin Ridge blew away the field at the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A swimming championships Thursday at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary.

The Mavericks finished with 383 points, well ahead of runner-up Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (257). Thirty six schools competed. Among Observer-area teams, Cox Mill finished sixth and Weddington finished eighth.

Marvin Ridge’s Caroline Hauder won the 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke and swam anchor on the winning 400-yard freestyle team. En route to earning girls meet MVP, Hauder set a new 3A record of 1:03.79 in the breaststroke.

Chapel Hill won the boys’ championship, which featured 38 teams. Chapel Hill won for the second straight year. Among area teams, Marvin Ridge was third, Concord was fourth. Weddington finished eighth, Northwest Cabarrus was ninth and Piedmont was 10th as Observer-area teams had strong finishes.

Cardinal Gibbons’ Noah Cairns, who won the 100 breaststroke and 500 free and was on a 200 medley relay state champion, was MVP of the boys’ meet.

Area boys’ state champions included Concord’s Tucker Wall (50 free) and Cuthbertson’s Jesse Mazen (one-meter diving)

On the girls’ side, Marvin Ridge’s Nikki Canale won the one-meter diving state championship with teammate Sara Meleski finishing second. The Mavericks’ 200 yard freestyle relay team of Ashley Baum, Samantha Bitter, Kate Marshall and Lexie White won the state title. The Mavericks 400-yard freestyle team of White, Alex Bonfilio, Abby House and Hauder did the same.

North Lincoln’s McKenzie Weed won the 50 free and Marvin Ridge’s Lexie White won the sportsmanship award.

The 1A/2A championships are Friday and Saturday, Charlotte Catholic’s girls will try to a 15th straight championship when the 4A finals begin.

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