CARY — Throughout Hannah Moore’s high school swimming career, the Green Hope senior and 2013 USA Junior Winter Nationals champion posted victories by double-digits in seconds that dropped jaws among parents in the stands unaware of her college and Olympic potential.
Moore added another title in the 500-yard freestyle, her specialty, in the NCHSAA 4A East Regional Saturday night at the Triangle Aquatics Center in Cary. She dropped 2.23 seconds from her best time of the season to finish in 4 minutes, 51.74 seconds.
That was good for a double-digit winning margin of 10.15 seconds, but Middle Creek sophomore Sara Giamber dropped 7.78 seconds from her personal best to finish in 5:01.89. She said it was her closest finish to Moore since they started racing head-to-head the past two years as Southwest Wake Athletic Conference rivals.
“I think it’s encouraging to race against someone that fast,” Giamber said. “I have to push myself. It was intimidating when I first raced her, but I got used to it and learned from it.”
The Michigan-bound Moore also won the 100-yard backstroke in 56.36 and swam legs on the 400-yard freestyle relay that placed first and the 200 medley relay that finished second.
The top eight in each boys’ and girls’ event advanced to the 4A state finals, which also will be held at Cary’s TAC. The diving finals are Thursday and the swimming finals are Friday.
In the team races, Green Hope mathematically clinched sweeping the boys’ and girls’ team regional titles, even though diving was canceled on Friday and will be contested Monday. Green Hope’s leads are too big to overcome.
In the girls’ team race, Green Hope has 369 points to SWAC rival Apex’s 344. Apex has only one girl in the diving competition and first place is worth just 20 points. In the boys’ team race, Green Hope has an overwhelming advantage with 358 points to 261.5 by Greenville Rose.
“I thought we had a phenomenal meet,” Green Hope boys’ and girls’ coach Lauren Nosal said. “We had a lot of people step up and drop times. Apex has a talented team and they always make things interesting.”
Apex finished second with depth since the Cougars didn’t have an individual winner.
“We competed a lot better than we did in the conference meet,” said Apex coach Kevin Maksinchuk. “A lot of our girls dropped to their best times.”
Moore was the regional meet’s only individual double winner among the girls, but a pair of boys won two events. Green Hope sophomore Jonathan Glavich won the 200 IM (1:51.84) and the 100 backstroke (50.35). Holly Springs senior Colin Ellington won the 50 free (20.96) and the 100 free (46.17).
With diving results pending, Green Hopes has qualified boys in every event and girls in all but the 100 breaststroke.
In addition to Moore and Glavich, Green Hope’s other winner was sophomore Brooke Rubendall in the girls’ 200 free (1:52.99),
Cary had two winners with junior Christine Kerr in the girls 100 free (52.40) and senior Basira Knight in the girls’ 100 breast (1:05.66).
Panther Creek had two gold medalists with junior Haley Bishop in the girls 100 butterfly (56.85) and junior Jamison Hauser in the boys 500 free (4:38.29).