CARY — For once, teams left the Michael Curran Aquatic Center after the Tri-9 Conference championships without knowing who won both competitions – a change dictated by the separated scheduling between the swimming and diving competitions.
The tight race in the girls’ competition will have to wait another week before naming a champion because the diving part of the competition isn’t until Friday, 5 p.m. at N.C. State. Diving is usually held the day before the swimming championships, but not this year because of scheduling with both facilities.
And those points will be crucial when added to the girls’ side, where Green Hope holds a three-point lead on Apex, 482.5 points to 479.5.
The Green Hope boys made sure to avoid any such drama, ending the day with 589 points to Apex’s 439.
The focus next Friday will be on Green Hope and Apex’s girls’ divers, for better or worse. Each team has two girl divers, and there is only one diving event – the 1-meter.
“It’s exciting, and nerve-wracking, and everything you could hope all mixed in together as one,” said Apex coach Tim Kane. “It’s great for our divers because it’s going to bring such a new excitement to the diving competition. Where we usually don’t have a lot of spectators at the diving, this is going to change everything.”
“This is something that doesn’t happen every minute,” he said.
Green Hope coach Lauren Nosal wasn’t as sure of the positives.
“I feel like that’s a lot of pressure to put on two people,” Nosal said. “The teams are all going to come to cheer and they normally don’t all go ... Our divers are great, but I don’t think they realize what Friday night is going to be like right now.”
Apex’s girls stay close
Being a part of three first-place finishes earned Green Hope junior Hannah Moore the MVP of the meet.
Moore dominated the girls’ 500-yard freestyle (4:53.65), claimed the 100-yard backstroke (56.01) and joined with Jenny Nusbaum, Shannon Scovel and Brooke Rubendall on the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:33.81).
Rubendall also won the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.81) and was on the Falcons’ first-place 200-yard freestyle relay that edged Cary by five-hundredths of a second along with Christiana Cornea, Emily Etgen and Nusbaum.
Apex had depth, but just one individual winner – Jordyn Barham in the 200-yard IM (2:07.58).
Cary’s team of Lillie Smith, Basira Knight, Megan Owens and Carson Steidinger took the 200 medley relay (1:50.00) by less than one-tenths of a second over Panther Creek.
Cary’s Megan Owens had a close win in the 100-yard butterfly (57.02), while Imps teammate Christine Kerr won the 100-yard freestyle in 52.96.
Panther Creek’s Haley Bishop took the 50-yard freestyle in 24.33 and Holly Springs’ Maddie Witzke won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.00).
Green Hope is the defending 2011 Tri-9 champions while Apex won Tri-9 titles in 2010 and 2009.
Falcon boys dominate
The Tri-9 MVP selection on the boys’ side was fitting, as Holly Springs’ Colin Ellington and Green Hope freshman Jonathan Glavich shared the co-title this year. In the 11 events, Green Hope or Ellington won 10 of them.
Ellington’s two wins came in the 200-yard IM (1:56.77) and 100-yard freestyle (46.88).
Glavich won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.24 and the 100-yard butterfly in 51.93.
Green Hope’s Seth Maslowski won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.14, while teammates Tad Spence won the 100-yard backstroke and Ryan Cade won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.63).
The Falcons swept all three relays too.
Glavich, Spence, Maslowski and Stephen Hollinshead won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:28.02. Spence, Cade, Maslowski and Chris Daniels won the 200-yard medley relay (1:37.94).
The 400-yard medley relay (3:16.79) was claimed by Glavich, Daniels, Stephen Hollinshead and Henry Hollinshead.
Panther Creek’s Jamison Hauser won the 500-yard freestyle (4:43.60).
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