Last year’s state meet left Charlotte Latin’s boys swimming team feeling unsatisfied, after having to share the 3A team title with Cary Academy.
It also motivated the Hawks to not only win again, but do so decisively.
That led to a dominating performance by Latin, as the Hawks easily won the NCISAA 3A state championship Monday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Latin claimed its fourth consecutive title and 13th in program history, finishing with an 88-point advantage over Asheville School (366-278).
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“Their destiny was to win,” said Hawks coach Patty Waldron, who earned a celebratory dunking in the pool after the trophy was presented.
“I told them, ‘I want you to remember how you really felt at the end of last year’s meet. I want that to motivate you to be the best they could be.’ They took it that way, and did an outstanding job.”
Latin’s boys won five events, led by Ikenna Eruchalu’s wins in the 100 butterfly (breaking a 20-year-old state record) and 100 backstroke. Tyler D’Allaird also won in the 200 freestyle.
“Last year was sort of a reality check for us,” said Eruchalu, who also swam legs on the Hawks’ winning 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay teams. “It was in our minds that we wanted to be solely the state champions, not share it like last year.”
Other individual event winners from area schools were Cannon School’s Kyle Barone, who won the 200 individual medley; and Providence Day’s Thomas Groenhout in the 100 breaststroke. Cannon also won the 200 freestyle relay.
Latin’s girls 4th in 3A meet
Latin’s girls finished fourth in the team standings in the NCISAA 3A state championships, one point ahead of Charlotte Country Day (201-200).
Raleigh Ravenscroft won its fourth consecutive 3A title by 31 points over Cary Academy (301-275), with Asheville School third (231).
Latin got wins from Elizabeth Lancaster in the girls 200 freestyle, as well as from its 400 freestyle relay team.
Other event winners from area schools were Charlotte Country Day’s Stephanie Nelson, who set a state record in the 100 backstroke; and Providence Day’s Abigail Cochell in the 100 breaststroke.
CTK boys win 1st title
Huntersville’s Christ The King Catholic High won the 1A/2A boys swim title, and the Crusaders’ girls finished fifth.
Christ The King’s boys won four events, finishing the meet with 304 points to beat Raleigh’s Grace Christian by 79 points (225).
Asheville’s Carolina Day won the girls title by 29 points over O’Neal School (265-236). Christ The King finished with 179.5 points.
Alex Adams won the 200 individual medley and Ben Duckworth the 100-yard breaststroke for the Crusaders, who also won the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.
Christ The King’s girls got wins from Jane Donahue in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, setting a state record in the process; and Amanda Hoffman in the 100 butterfly.
Gaston Day’s Nathaniel Hartley repeated as state champion in both the boys 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, setting a state record in the latter.