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High school notebook: swimming and track championships on tap

tstevens@newsobserver.comFebruary 6, 2014 

The Ravenscroft girls and the Cary Academy boys won their third and fifth consecutive Triangle Independence School Athletic Conferenceswimming titles, respectively, this week at Ravenscroft.

Cary Academy nipped North Raleigh Christian 145-128 in the boys’ competition while Ravenscoft topped Cary Academy 170-133 on the girls’ side.

Michael Todd led the Cary Academy with victories in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 51.7 seconds) and the 500 free (5:02.3). He also swam on the winning 400 free relay (3:34.08).

Durham Academy’s Trey Harris, winner of the 100 butterfly (53.13) and 200 individual medley (1:59.47), was the meet’s most outstanding swimmer. Durham’s Nathan Greeley won the 100 freestyle (51.47) and 100-yard backstroke (55.26).

The Ravenscroft girls won the 200 and 400 free relays and the 200 medley relay and dominated the competition.

The Ravens’ Claire Fuscoe won the 100 and 200 free (54.99 and 1:58.18, respectively) and was named the most outstanding swimmer. Teammates Chloe Mikles won the 50 free (23.34) and 500 free (5:23.96) and Madeline High was a double winner with wins in the 100 butterfly (58.92) and 100 back (1:01.14).

The N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association championship is Feb. 17 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Public championships: The N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A swimming championships are Friday at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary. Competition begins at 8:45 a.m., with the finals starting around 5 p.m.

Green Hope won the boys’ title in 2013 and Cornelius Hough won the girls’ title.

On Saturday, Cardinal Gibbons is the 3A boys’ favorite. The Crusaders have won four straight 3A titles and won the 2A title the preceding two years. Charlotte Catholic has won eight straight 3A girls’ titles.

There is a list of swimmers who have qualified for the state championships at: nando.com/prepsnow.

Indoor track: Wakefield has won the past three NCHSAA 4A girls indoor track titles, but is expected to have a battle with Winston-Salem Parkland and Southeast Raleigh in the championship Saturday at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem.

Wakefield’s 2x200 meter (1:41.53) and 4x400 (3:53.02) girls’ relay times are ranked among the top three in the country in each event. Parkland’s 4x200 (1:40.42) is No. 2. Wakefield’s Tia Robinson is among the nation’s best in the 500 (1:15.83).

Southeast Raleigh’s Jacklyn Howell has the nation’s best 55-meter hurdles time (7.97) and Cary’s Charminique Hackney is third among the nation’s high school 55-meter sprinters (6.99).

Knightdale has won or shared the last three 4A boys’ titles. The Knights’ 4x400 relay has the nation’s fourth best time (3:21.74).

The 3A championships are Friday. The 1A/2A are Saturday at 9 a.m with the 4A championships following at 3:30 p.m.

Broughton runners: Broughton had three runners from its boys’ 4A cross country state championship team sign National Letters of Intent Wednesday. William Roberson is headed to N.C. State; John Dalton Rohr is going to Mississippi and Asher Smith-Rose signed with William and Mary.

Megan Sullivan, the 4A girls’ champion, also signed with N.C. State.

Hillside back signs: Donte Thomas-Williams, one of the top running back prospects in the state, signed with West Virginia. He is a big back, weighing about 220 pounds, and chose the Mountaineers over 2014 national champion Florida State.

Pride quartet: The Leesville Road girls’ soccer program had four players to sign: Bayley Rigsbee to Appalachian State, Mary Kate Bowers to College of Charleston, Sydney Wooten to North Carolina and Sydney Frizzelle to Miami.

Caryn Grant contributed to this story.

Stevens: 919-829-8910

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