Feb 8, 2014
Chapel Hill held on to win the men’s team championship and break a long Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons streak on Saturday night in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 3-A swimming and diving championships at the Triangle Aquatic Center.
Chapel Hill snapped the Cardinal Gibbons men’s team string of championships at six, spanning two classifications, and the Crusaders had won the last four 3-A titles in succession. But the Tigers tallied 297 points to 267 for Gibbons to take the crown. Waxhaw Marvin Ridge was third at 190.50, followed by Concord (169) and Northern Guilford (161).
A total of 42 teams scored points in the men’s meet.
Junior Noah Cairns of Gibbons was selected as the Most Outstanding Swimmer of the championship, as he notched victories in both the 200 free and the 500 free as part of his performance.
Marvin Ridge rolled to victory in the women’s meet, with Lauren Greenberg winning the 200 free and also swimming a leg on the winning 200 freestyle relay team for the state champs. Marvin Ridge registered 366.50 points to 291.50 for runner-up Chapel Hill. Third place went to Cardinal Gibbons (244) , followed by Concord Cox Mill (130) and Pittsboro Northwood (125). There were 37 schools scoring in the women's meet.
Sophomore Claire DeSelm of Chapel Hill earned Most Outstanding Swimmer honors by winning both the 100 fly and 200 individual medley, as well as swimming the second leg on the victorious 200 medley relay team.
Freshman Emmaline Peterson of Hickory set a new NCHSAA 3-A record in the 500 free with a time of 4:54.42.
The 1-A/2-A championships were held on Thursday and then the 4-A schools competed Friday, all at the Triangle Aquatics Center. The Raleigh Sports Consortium is the host sponsor of the championships.
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