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Providence seniors led run for the state title

The Providence High boys' swim team won its third straight 4A state championship, cruising past second-place Hough by 52 points.

While Providence has done it with individual talent in the past, like current University of Texas standout Kip Darmody, this year it was all about the team as the boys only won two relays at the state meet.

Charlotte Latin (NCISAA 3A), the CISAA boys' conference champion, and Charlotte Catholic (NCHSAA 3A) also did well with both finishing at state runner-up in their respective classifications.

Coach of the Year: Sandy Martin, Providence - Sandy Martin expects to win championships. This year Providence's longtime coach won her 15th state championship (10 girls and five boys), guiding the Panther boys' team to their third straight 4A state championship.

The Panthers also won the Southwestern 4A conference title and the 4A West Regional championship.

Next year, with juniors Kyle Darmody and John Ferretti back to lead the team, Providence will have a great chance to make it four state crowns in a row.

Swimmers of the Year: Kevin Glenn, Austin Snyder and Ryan Wilkinson, Providence - Four years ago, Kevin Glenn, Austin Snyder and Ryan Wilkinson came to Providence with slender frames and a lot of potential.

After coming up just short in their freshmen year as state runner-up to North Meck, the senior trio would never lose again, helping the Panthers to three straight state titles in the last three years.

Glenn, a Penn State signee, finished second in the state in the 200-yard individual medley while helping the 200-yard freestyle relay to a state title.

Snyder, a N.C. State signee, was sixth in the states in the 500-yard freestyle.

Wilkinson, also a N.C. State signee, finished third place in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke after a regional runner-up finish in both events.

In the end, all that really mattered was the trio of Providence captains finished with a state team title.

All-South Charlotte News Boys' swimming

200 medley relay: Providence (Ryan Wilkinson, John Ferretti, Austin Snyder, Kyle Darmody) - Panthers' quartet won state championship here with 1:34.04.

200 freestyle: Kyle Darmody, Providence - Junior finished fourth at states (1:41.66), third at regionals.

200 individual medley: Michael Chadwick, Charlotte Latin - Junior won state championship in this event with 1:54.23.

50 freestyle: Ryan Wilkinson, Providence - N.C. State signee was regional runner-up and finished third at states in 21.54 seconds.

Diving: Sazzy Gourley, Myers Park - Mustangs' diver finished third at states, regional runner-up.

100 butterfly: Hayes McCullagh, Charlotte Latin - NCISAA 3A state champion in this event at 51.55 seconds.

100 freestyle: Kyle Darmody, Providence - Regional runner-up also finished third at states at 46.09 seconds.

500 freestyle: Burt Bailey, Providence Day - NCISAA state champion with a time of 4:40.16.

200 freestyle relay: Providence (Glenn, Ferretti, Wilkinson, Darmody) - Another relay state championship for Panthers' talented quartet with a state record time.

100 backstroke: Ryan Wilkinson, Providence - Second in the regionals, third at states (51.21 seconds).

100 breaststroke: Matthew Rigali, Charlotte Catholic - 3A state runner-up in this event with 1:00.20.

400 freestyle relay: Providence (Snyder, Trevor Kent, Zach Cox, Glenn) - Panthers didn't win this relay but were regional runner-up and fourth at states (3:15.65).

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