Charlotte Latin’s boys’ swim team almost made the numbers work for it at Monday’s N.C. Independent Schools 3A state championships.
That is, until the final event at Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Cary Academy won the 400-yard freestyle relay while the Hawks finished third – an eight-point swing that left the two teams tied with 310 points and sharing the team title.
It was the third straight NCISAA title and 12th overall for Charlotte Latin, but Monday’s state meet was the closest finish in the Hawks’ current championship run.
“It was the most exciting meet of the season,” Latin coach Patty Waldron said. “We knew going into this it was going to be a challenge – it wasn’t going to be something we were going to walk in and take.
“We would’ve liked to have won, but you’ve got to respect what Cary Academy has done.”
Meanwhile, the Hawks’ girls’ team finished third in the team standings to Raleigh’s Ravenscroft School, which edged Cary Academy for the title by 13 points (288-275). Latin scored 240.
The Hawks’ boys won three events, with Ikenna Eruchalu taking the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, and their 200 medley relay team also won.
Latin’s girls won twice, in the 200 medley relay and Elizabeth Lancaster taking the 200 free.
Providence Day’s Eddie Cochrell was also a two-event winner in the 3A state meet, taking the boys’ 200 free and 100 breaststroke.
Gaston Day sophomore Nathaniel Hartley doubled up in the 1A/2A state meet, breaking his own state record in winning the boys’ 100 back and also taking the 100 free.
Other winners in the 3A meet from Observer-area schools were Cannon’s Andrew Vanwingerden (boys’ 100 free), SouthLake Christian’s Noah Vanwingerden (boys’ 50 free), Charlotte Christian’s Rachel Lee (girls’ 500 free), Charlotte Country Day’s Stephanie Nelson (girls’ 100 back), Providence Day’s Abigail Cochrell (girls’ 100 breast), and Charlotte Latin’s Elizabeth Lancaster (girls’ 200 free).
Cannon also won the boys’ 200 free relay, and Charlotte Latin won the girls’ 200 medley relay.
The O’Neal School of Southern Pines swept the 1A/2A state team championships, beating Asheville’s Carolina Day by 14 points (255-241) for the boys’ title and Greensboro’s Caldwell Academy by 62 points (263-201) in the girls’ standings.