Green Hope senior Hannah Moore poked her head out of the water and turned to the scoreboard. What she saw made her jaw drop.
And it stayed dropped for the next several minutes as other racers finished the 500 freestyle in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A state swimming championships.
Moore didn’t just set a state record. She obliterated one, and thereby stole the show.
Early in the 500, which is 10 down-and-backs, she was almost a full lap ahead of the field. She had sustained that pace and finished with a time of 4:40.98.
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The championship crowd at Triangle Aquatic Center rose for a standing ovation.
“I did not expect that at all,” Moore said. “Last year I was 4:47 and the record was 4:46.”
West Johnston graduate Sarah Henry, who Moore has looked up to, had held the record.
The joy of shattering a state record kept Moore happy even after her NCHSAA record in the 100 backstroke was broken by a Charlotte Catholic swimmer. Moore finished second.
“It totally overshadowed that. After (the 500), it was OK,” Moore said.
Moore will swim at Michigan next season. She won five individual golds in NCHSAA competition.