Charlotte Catholic’s girls won their 14th straight N.C. High School Athletic Association state championship Saturday, in fairly comfortable fashion. South Mecklenburg’s boys won on the final event of the day.
Both Mecklenburg County teams captured 4A state titles Saturday at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary.
For the girls, Charlotte Catholic’s Nora McCullagh was named most outstanding girls swimmer, which she also won in 2013 (3A) and in 2014 (4A). Saturday, McCullagh won the 50 free and 100 backstroke and swam on two winning relay teams.
Catholic’s 14 state titles have come in three different classifications.
Saturday, the Cougars had 298.5 points. Hough (254) was second. Hough won the 2012 and 2013 4A state titles and was runner-up to Catholic last season. Providence finished in a tie for ninth.
South Meck’s boys had 232 points to 230 for Green Hope. The Sabres had an eight-point lead going into the final event, the 400 freestyle. Green Hope finished second in that race, but the Sabres finished fifth, earning enough points to hold on to win the championship. Hough was fifth, Ardrey Kell sixth and Myers Park finished eighth.
Girls area individual winners included Charlotte Catholic’s 200 medley relay (Erin McCullagh, Sara Stranick, Nora McCullagh, Rebecca Postoll) and 200 free relay (Julia Menkhaus; Stranick; Postoll; N. McCullagh); Hough’s Erika Brown (200 free); Hough’s Emily Allen (100 free); Charlotte Catholic’s Rebecca Postoll (500 free); and Hough’s 400 yard free relay team (Heidi Lowe, Erika Brown, Meghan Dupay, Emily Allen)
Boys area individual winners included Hough’s Trey Poff (200 free); and Myers Park’s Jackson Smith (100 butterfly).