The News & Observer’s All-Metro swim teams can be summed up in three letters: M-V-P.
Cardinal Gibbons’ Noah Cairns, Cary’s Justin Ress and Carrboro’s Will MacMillan were each named the MVPs of their respective N.C. High School Athletic Association championships and lead The News & Observer’s All-Metro swim teams.
Ress, an N.C. State recruit, won the 4A 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle. Cairns, a North Carolina recruit, was the 3A MVP for the second straight year after winning 100 breaststroke and the 500 freestyle. MacMillan set a new 1A/2A record in the 200 freestyle and also won the 100 freestyle to repeat his MVP honors.
Eleven of the 14 boys named to the team were state champs as were seven of the 14 girls.
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Ress, Cairns, MacMillan, Panther Creek diver Connor Callahan, St. David’s Riley Mears and Chapel Hill’s Pudik are two-time All-Metro picks while Carrboro’s Thomas Bilden made the team for a third time.
On the girls’ side, NCHSAA 3A double winner Claire DeSelm made the list for a third straight year, a feat matched by Raleigh Charter’s Olivia Ontjes and Ravenscroft’s Chloe Mikles.
Corinth Holders’ Michaela Carter, Ravenscroft’s Madeline High and Cedar Ridge’s Becca Churchill made the team for the second consecutive season.
N&O All-Metro boys swimming team
Thomas Bilden, Carrboro, Sr: Claimed NCHSAA 1A/2A title in the 100 butterfly (49.92) for third straight year and won 500 freestyle (4:43.92).
Connor Blandford, Corinth Holders, Jr: Won the NCHSAA 3A 200 IM (1:53.95) and was second in the 100 backstroke.
Noah Cairns, Cardinal Gibbons, Sr: Named NCHSAA 3A MVP after sweeping 100 breaststroke (58.11) and 500 freestyle (4:32.55).
Connor Callahan, Panther Creek, Jr: Won the NCHSAA 4A diving championships.
Alex Carson, Green Hope, Sr: LSU recruit won the NCHSAA 4A 100 freestyle (45.54) and was fourth in the 50 freestyle.
Tom Gordon, Enloe, Sr: Second in NCHSAA 4A 200 freestyle.
Tosh Kawaguchi, Cary, Sr: Eastern Michigan recruit was third in NCHSAA 4A 200 IM and fourth in the 100 backstroke.
Zach Lewis, Raleigh Charter, Sr: Won NCHSAA 1A/2A title in 50 freestyle (21.50).
Will MacMillan, Carrboro, Jr: Set a new NCHSAA 1A/2A 200 freestyle record (1:38.85) and won the 100 freestyle (45.59).
Riley Mears, St. David’s, Soph: Swept NCISAA 1A/2A in 200 IM (2:00.70) and 500 freestyle (4:48.58).
Jake Pudik, Chapel Hill, Sr: Won the NCHSAA 3A 100 freestyle (47.47), second in the 50 freestyle.
Justin Ress, Cary, Sr: Named NCHSAA 4A MVP after sweeping in the 200 IM (1:49.36) and 500 freestyle (4:29.08).
Tyler Silver, Athens Drive, Jr: Won the NCHSAA 4A 100 backstroke (50.27).
Michael Wohl, East Chapel Hill, Sr: Second in the NCHSAA 4A 100 freestyle and third in the 200 freestyle.
N&O All-Metro girls swimming team
Haley Allen, Cardinal Gibbons, Jr: Second in the NCHSAA 3A 200 IM and 100 butterfly.
Michaela Carter, Corinth Holders, Sr: Second in NCHSAA 3A 100 backstroke and fourth in 50 freestyle.
Becca Churchill, Cedar Ridge, Sr: Second in NCHSAA 3A 100 breaststroke.
Grace Countie, Leesville Road, Fr: Was third in the NCHSAA 4A 50 freestyle.
Claire DeSelm, Chapel Hill, Jr: Swept NCHSAA 3A titles in 200 IM (2:04.84) and 100 butterfly (55.39 seconds).
Emily Dykstra, Cardinal Gibbons, Jr: Third in NCHSAA 3A 200 freestyle.
Sarah Giamber, Middle Creek, Jr: Third in the NCHSAA 4A 500 freestyle.
Kristen Hayden, Panther Creek, Soph: Set a new NCHSAA record in 4A diving championships.
Madeline High, Ravenscroft, Soph: Won NCISAA 3A title in 100 butterfly (55.86).
Abigail Lloyd, Trinity Durham-Chapel Hill, Jr: Swept NCISAA 1A/2A 200 freestyle (1:56.62) and 500 freestyle (5:13.97).
Chloe Mikles, Ravenscroft, Jr: Swept NCISAA 3A 50 freestyle (24.11) and 100 freestyle (51.94).
Kate Moore, Green Hope, Soph: Third in NCHSAA 4A 100 backstroke.
Olivia Ontjes, Raleigh Charter, Sr: USC recruit broke her own NCHSAA 1A/2A 100 breaststroke record.
Julia Poole, Middle Creek, Soph: Won NCHSAA 4A 200 IM (2:00.75).