GREENSBORO — After winning last years girls title by just 3 1/2 points, Trinity School coach Janet Ray expected an even closer battle for the championship this year.
Ray just didnt expect the Durham-based Lions to wind up on the wrong side of the scoreboard.
Despite winning a meet-best five events, Trinity School suffered a 268-265 loss Tuesday to Greensboros Caldwell Academy at the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Associations 1A/2A state championships.
Caldwell Academy won just one event, the 200-yard freestyle relay, but scored in the 10 others getting double-digit team points in nine..
It was the second state 1A/2A championship in the past three years for Caldwell Academy, and ended Trinity Schools shot at becoming the first team to win back-to-back state titles since Charlottes Covenant Day in 2007-08.
You can get first and second all the time, Ray said. But if you dont get those points in the middle ... youre leaving points on the table for someone else to get. Weve got some strong swimmers, but we dont have enough strong swimmers.
Trinitys Emily Surratt won twice, in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke, and freshman teammate Abigail Lloyd repeated her 2012 state title in the 200 freestyle. The duo were also on the Lions winning 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay teams along with Catherine Linsley and Anna Merritt.
Other event winners were Fayetteville Academys Gillian Manning (50 freestyle and 100 butterfly) and Charlotte Broadwell (100 backstroke), and Cary Academys Brooke Barnes (100 freestyle and 500 freestyle).
In the boys meet, Ashevilles Carolina Day beat Winston-Salems Calvary Baptist Day by nine points, 282-273, needing a win in the 400 freestyle relay to pull out its second straight 1A/2A boys title and fourth since 2007.
Three swimmers won two events each during Tuesdays meet United Faith Academys Tristan Woods (50 and 100 freestyle), Eugene Zhang of ONeal School (200 freestyle and 100 butterfly), and Ben Mayes of St. Davids School (200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke).
Also winning event titles were Gaston Day eighth-grader Nathaniel Hartley (100 backstroke) and Westchester Country Days Christian James (500 freestyle).