High School Sports

Nora McCullagh, Charlotte Catholic dominate SoMeck 8 swim meet

It was business as usual for the Charlotte Catholic girls’ swim team, which won 9 of the 11 events held at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Center and won the SoMeck 8 Conference swimming and diving meet Friday night.

On the boys’ side South Meck won six events, including all three team relays, to outdistance Ardrey Kell for the title.

There were many dominating performances for 13-time defending state champion Catholic, led by senior Nora McCullagh, who won the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual medley as well as being part of the winning 200-yard medley relay team. She was named outstanding female swimmer for the event.

“This went about as well as we had hoped for,” the University of Texas signee said. “We’re all trying to peak for state, and for me as a senior I’m just enjoying being with my teammates.”

Freshman Julia Menkhaus won four events (200-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly, plus part of 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays), while senior Sara Stranick, a Michigan signee, won the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard breaststroke and was also part of the winning 200-yard medley relay team.

Another outstanding performance was put in by McCullagh’s sister, Erin. The sophomore was the fourth member of the 200-yard medley relay winners, was part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team and dominated the 500-yard freestyle, winning that event by nearly ten seconds.

“She killed it tonight,” Nora McCullagh said. “I like watching her do well, and was really happy for her the way she swam tonight.”

On the boys’ side Ardrey Kell’s Connor Long was named outstanding male swimmer, winning the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle events. Long was the runner-up in the 50 in last year’s state meet.

For champion South Meck, Nathan Murray won the 500-yard freestyle, the 100-yard backstroke – he was state runner-up last year – and was part of winning foursomes in the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays.