Holly Springs diver Andrew Capobianco interrupted history last year at the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A boys diving championships when he won the title. The Indiana recruit was runner-up to Panther Creek’s Connor Callahan in the conference and regional competitions but stopped Callahan from becoming the fourth diver to ever three-peat.
Teams to watch
Apex: The Southwest Wake Athletic 4A Conference champs were fifth in the state championships. The only individual state qualifier returning is diver Jackson Forsyth.
Athens Drive: Junior Zach Brown is the defending 4A 100 butterfly champ and was second in the 200 IM. The Jaguars were 11th at the state championships and also return Drew Hollet and Chris Silver.
Carrboro: The Jaguars were third in the 1A/2A championships but return just three state qualifiers from last year: Caleb Bollenbacher, Harrison Pletzke and Ian Foster. Bollenbacher was part of the state championship 400 freestyle relay team.
Cary Academy: The Chargers were third in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A championships. Ari Kaufman, Vincent Wang, Josh Pullen and Ben Humphries are back.
Chapel Hill: The Tigers have won three straight NCHSAA 3A championships entering this year and bring back a slew of swimmers led by Jordan Ren (third in 3A 200 IM), Thomas Bretzmann (third in 500 free) and Jacob Werden (fifth in 500 free). Beau Brauer, Ang Li and more state qualifiers are back as well.
Corinth Holders: The Two Rivers 3A Conference champs were fourth in the state championships and return Ryan Patrick, Christian Lower and Chris Carter.
Durham School of the Arts: The Bulldogs are led by Myles Sims (fifth 100 breaststroke), Eugen Craciunescu (fifth in 100 butterfly) but also bring back state qualifiers Joshua Yueh (diving), Justin Brennan and Jackson Holcomb.
Grace Christian Raleigh: The NCISAA 1A/2A champs return the bulk of their team: Christian Lauffer, Landon Lauffer, Stephen Scheibner, Joshua Murray, John Chapman, Ryan Wahlers, Justin Wahlers and Eric Jordan.
Green Hope: The 4A runners-up and four-time East regional champs bring back John Healy (fifth in 4A butterfly, third in 100 back). Connor Dalbo, Michael Ivy and Jason Zhang were state qualifiers.
O’Neal School: Chase Osorio, Kyle McClelland and Hans Johnson are back from the NCISAA 1A/2A 200 free relay championship team.
Raleigh Charter: The North Central Athletic 1A Conference champs bring back Ermerson Hershfeld (fifth in 200 freestyle) and state qualifiers Isaac Hancock, Aravind Ganesan and Allen Yuan.
Individuals to watch
Zach Brown, junior, Athens Drive: Won the 4A 100 butterfly.
Andrew Capobianco, senior, Holly Springs: Diver won the 4A title.
Bradley Downs, senior, D.H. Conley: Was fifth in 4A 200 free.
Corbin Gillespie, senior, Cape Fear Christian: Runner-up in NCISAA 1A/2A 200 IM.
Holt Gray, senior, Broughton: Finished third in 4A diving.
Rhys Kawaguchi, senior, Cary: Was fifth in 4A 500 free.
Jaden Kring, sophomore, North Raleigh Christian: Third in the NCISAA 3A 200 IM and 100 butterfly.
Mitchell Langston, sophomore, Cleveland: Fourth in 3A 100 freestyle.
Riley Mears, senior, St. David’s: Third in NCISAA 1A/2A 200 free, second in 500 free.
Jack Messenger, senior, Broughton: Won the 4A 100 freestyle.
Davis Payne, junior, Millbrook: Top placer coming back for the sixth-place team in 4A.
Kevin Plewniak, junior, Middle Creek: Was fifth in 4A 100 free.
Connor Sept, junior, East Chapel Hill: Top placer coming back for the PAC-6 4A Conference champs.
C.J. Van Vooren, senior, Cary Christian: Won the NCISAA 1A/2A 100 freestyle title, runner-up in 200 free.
Wallace Watkins, senior, Enloe: Only state qualifier returning for Cap-8 4A Conference champions.