GREENSBORO — Last year, Ravenscrofts girls swim team was just a few swimmers away from winning a state championship.
This year, a stronger and deeper Ravens team finally broke through, easily winning Mondays N.C. Independent School Athletic Association 3A state meet at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Ravenscroft won six events and scored in the other five to win its third state title and first since 2007. The Ravens finished with 292 points, far ahead of runnerup Charlotte Providence Day (200) and third-place Charlotte Latin (196).
A far step from last years state meet, in which Ravenscroft led for two-thirds of the meet until its one weakness depth allowed Forsyth Country Day and Latin to pass them in the team standings.
We really ran out of bodies, and the other two teams scooted by us, Ravens coach Greg Warren said. But it was really our depth that came through this year. We were able to keep accumulating points.
Freshman Chloe Mikles won two events for Ravenscroft, the 50- and 100-yard freestyle. The Ravens also got wins from junior Claire Fuscoe in the 500-yard freestyle and eighth-grader Madeline High in the 100-yard backstroke.
Mikles and Fuscoe were also on both of Ravenscrofts winning relay teams the 200-yard freestyle (with Brittani Bryan and Marel Ziperski) and the 400-yard freestyle (with High and seventh-grader Kaitlin Ramsden).
I take a lot of pride that Claire and Madeline won events, Warren said. Things had kinda dropped since we won our last title, but weve been slowly climbing back.
North Raleigh Academys Carlie Brown won two events, the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly, while Concord Cannons Maija Roses defended her 2012 state titles in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke. Cannon also won the 200-yard medley relay.
In the boys meet, Charlotte Latin won six events to claim its third state title and first since 2007. The Hawks finished the meet with 286 points, 55 ahead of runnerup Cary Academy (231). Durham Academy was third with 187.5 points.
Two Raleigh-area swimmers and relay teams won event titles. Cary Academys Adam Linker won the 500 freestyle, and Durham Academy won the 200 freestyle relay.
Other winners were Latins Michael Chadwick (200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke) and Hayes McCullagh (200 freestyle and 100 butterfly), Greensboro Days Eric Rosenbower (100-yard freestyle) and Jonathan Rogers (100-yard backstroke) and Charlotte Providence Days Eddie Cochell (50 freestyle). Latin also won the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.