Green Hope dominated the 2013 N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A swimming championships, outdistancing second-place Cornelius Hough 259-190, but Coach Laura Nosal said the team isn’t focused on last year.
“We have a lot of depth and a bit of experience,” she said. “They did very well last year, but this is a new season and we are starting back at square one by focusing on each meet before looking forward to the postseason.”
Sophomore Jonathan Glavich accumulated the most points in the finals for the 4A champs, finishing second in the 100 butterfly and third in the 200 free.
Glavich, Chris Daniels, Stephen Hollinshead (a Bucknell recruit) and Seth Maslowski are back after winning the 200 free relay.
Nosal has an incredibly strong junior class, which has at least six swimmers who have the potential to place in the state championships.
A year ago, the Falcons swam some of their best times of the season in the championships.
“All the swimmers from many different teams posted some times that were incredible,” Nosal said. “I believe our team really fed off of each other and kept the momentum going throughout the meet.”
Green Hope has a solid core and could have an outstanding team, but Nosal is not looking for trophy space yet.
“In North Carolina the competition in high school swimming is very deep and there are many teams that could do very well this season,” she said.
J. Mike Blake contributed to this story.
Teams to watch
Cardinal Gibbons: Piled up 312 points to top runner-up Charlotte Catholic (283) for the 3A championship, but graduated most of its firepower. Junior Noah Cairns was third in the 500 meters. Senior Andy Lui and sophomore Chris Raymond are expected to fill major roles.
Chapel Hill: The Tigers were third in the NCHSAA 3A in 2012-13.
Carrboro: The 1A/2A NCHSAA runner-up will be led by junior Thomas Bilden, who was the state champion in the 100 fly and runner-up in the 500 free. Bilden and sophomore Will Macmillan helped the Jaguars win the 400 freestyle relay last year.
Leesville Road: Breaststroke runner-up Sean Yeh, who had an all-America time, leads the Pride, which could be a top 10 team.
N.C. Science & Math: NCHSAA 1A/2A team champion returns seniors Matt Weaver, Jack Allen and Jacob Vosburgh, who won the 200 and 500 free. The Unicorns outscored second-place Carrboro, 281-237.5.
Millbrook: The Wildcats won the Cap Eight Conference and were the runner-up in the 4A East regional. They return a nucleus of Steven Craig, Chris Kohut and Tristan Emm.
Clayton: The Comets have won the last six Greater Neuse River Conference championships.
Swimmers to watch
Jamison Hauser, Panther Creek, Jr.: Won the 4A state title in the 500 free.
Matt Jacobs, Durham School of the Arts, Sr.: Was the 1A/2A champ in the 100 breast.
Koya Osada, East Chapel Hill, Sr.: Harvard recruit was second in the 4A 100 back and 200 IM and had an all-America time in the IM. Helped the Wildcats to a third-overall team finish in 4A.
Connor Williams, Northern Durham, Sr.: Was fourth in 4A 200 free and the 200 free.
Aaron Daniels-Freeman, Riverside, Jr.: NCHSAA 4A diving champion.
Connor Callahan, Panther Creek, Soph.: Third in 4A diving.
Brayden Lauffer, Apex, Soph.: Fourth in 4A 100 breast. Returns with Nova Southeastern (Fla.) recruit Conor Hale among others.
Connor Blandford, Corinth Holders, Soph.: Strong in the IM and backstroke.