Ravenscroft School swim coach Greg Warren figured his girls’ team would be in the running for another state title.
But the Ravens wanted to do more than just win the title – they wanted to dominate.
That’s what Ravenscroft did Monday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, winning its second straight N.C. Independent School Athletic Association state title and fourth since 2006.
“I felt pretty confident going in that we could compete well,” Warren said. “I knew it was going to be a little tight between us and (Charlotte) Latin, but I thought it would be a closer meet. Our girls swam really well.”
Despite winning just two events, Charlotte Latin’s boys won their second straight NCISAA title and fourth since 2006, beating Cary Academy by 40 points (264-224). Asheville School was third with 188.
The Ravens’ girls won seven of 11 events and scored in the remaining four events to finish with 309.5 points, 52.5 ahead of Charlotte Latin (257). Cary Academy finished third with 231 points.
Claire Fuscoe and Chloe Mikles won two individual events for Ravenscroft, and swam on its winning 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams.
Fuscoe repeated her title in the 500-yard freestyle and added the 200-yard freestyle. Mikles repeated as champ in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle.
Madeline High added a win in the 100-yard butterflyand swam on the Ravens’ 400 freestyle relay team.
“We had better depth than they did,” Warren said. “They had some real strong swimmers, but in the end our depth was the difference.”
In the 3A boys’ meet, only one area swimmer – Durham Academy’s Trey Harris – won an individual event title. Harris, a senior, took the 100 butterfly.
In the 1A/2A championships, Carolina Day’s boys won their third consecutive state title, while O’Neal School’s girls won their first title in 14 years.
In the 1A/2A boys meet, Carolina Day of Asheville finished with 250.5 points to 222 for O’Neal School of Southern Pines. New Bern’s Epiphany School was third with 213.5 points and Raleigh’s Grace Christian was fifth with 157.
O’Neal School’s girls, which won their last team title in 2000, finished with 297 points to 212 for Greensboro’s Caldwell Academy, which had won two of the past three years. Trinity School of Durham-Chapel Hill, the 2012 champ, was third with 210.5 points. Raleigh’s St. David’s School was sixth with 162.
Five area swimmers took individual event titles. St. David’s Riley Mears won twice, in the boys 200-yard individual medley and 500 freestyle. Trinity School’s Emily Sarratt won in the girls’ 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. Mary Jeanne Hipp of St. David’s won the girls’ 500 freestyle.