CHAPEL HILL — Led by a set of five double-winners, East Chapel Hill continued its domination of Piedmont Athletics Conference swimming and diving by successfully defending its PAC-6 team championships Wednesday at Koury Natatorium.
The Wildcats, who haven't lost a dual-meet to a PAC-6 opponent since at least 2008, swept the relays and won all but three individual events to repeat as both the PAC-6 girls' and boys' champions.
East Chapel Hill's girls took firsts in every individual event to win their team title with 758 points, easily out-distancing Durham Jordan, which had 535. The boys' race was slightly closer, with East beating runner-up Jordan by a 684-552 margin.
Riverside was third in both standings and Northern Durham fourth.
CeCe Marzinsky (200 freestyle, 100 butterfly), Morgan Smith (200 individual medley, 500 free) and Chelsea Yu (50 and 100 free) each won two events for East Chapel Hill, as did Koya Osada (200 IM, 100 backstroke) and Michael Wohl (200 and 100 free).
Other individual winners for the Wildcats included girls Allison Lai and 14-year-old Annie Huang (100 breaststroke), and boys Oliver Hudgins (100 butterfly) and Liam McCullough (100 breaststroke).
East Chapel Hill head coach Lyn Smith said she was pleased to see her swimmers win, but also liked that they developed some momentum heading into next weeks regionals.
With regionals a week and a half away (Feb. 1 in Greensboro), we need everyone to focus on fast swimming at this point in the season so that they can continue on to the next level, Smith said.
East Chapel Hill won Wednesdays opening medley relay and then the next five individual events to build a sizable lead from the start.
Riverside's Harry Schrickx broke up East's streak with his win in the boys' 50 free. Riverside teammate Aaron Daniels-Freeman won the boys' 1-meter diving competition.
East Chapel Hill's Maya Sokoletsky won the girls 1-meter diving championship.
Northern's Connor Williams was the only other individual to take a first, winning the boys' 500 free.
W.E. Warnock, The Chapel Hill News