East Chapel Hill swimmers had a banner day at the NCHSAA Central Regional last weekend in Greensboro, where senior Koya Osada and junior Michael Wohl both set meet records and helped the Wildcat relay teams set two more along with teammates Liam McCullough, Oliver Hudgins and Bijan Zakerin.
They helped East amass 294 points to win the regional’s team title Saturday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Pfafftown Reagan was second with 274 points and Greensboro Grimsley third with 257.
East Chapel Hill’s finished third in the girls’ standings with 271.5 points, close behind first-place Grimsley (298 points) and runner-up West Forsyth (288). CeCe Marzinsky (100 butterly) and Morgan Smith (100 free) each earned a third place for East’s girls.
Grimsley was in third place in the girls’ meet until the diving scores were added in, noted East Chapel Hill coach Lyn Smith. The Whirlies won three of the top five places and moved into first on the power of 58 points from diving.
“Another reason to solicit divers for next season,” East Chapel Hill coach Lyn Smith said later.
East Chapel Hill coach Lyn Smith was pleased that East Chapel Hill’s men and women combined for the most points (565) overall, edging past Grimsley (559) and Reagan (500.
Osada smashed his own 2013 meet record (1:53.77) in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:50.52. He later repeated as champion in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 49.41 seconds, breaking the record (50.88) set Chapel Hill’s Jeff James in 2006.
Wohl broke the 200 freestyle record (1:43.07) set by East’s Chapel Hill’s David Williams in 2011 by clocking in at 1:42.95. Wohl also won the 100 free in 47.47.
Osada swam the lead-off leg and Wohl the anchor for East’s record-setting 200 medley relay, which included McCullough and Hudgins. Their time of 1:37.05 topped the 1:37.7 record set by Durham Riverside in 2002.
Wohl was lead-off in the final 400 free relay, followed by Zakerin, Hudgins and Osada. They slashed seconds off the previous record (3:14.78 by Chapel Hill in 2006) with their winning time of 3:09.91.
East Chapel Hill sophomore James Brady finished second in the men’s 1-meter diving with 451.75 points. PAC-6 champion Aaron Daniels-Freeman of Riverside won the Central Regional title with 501.60 points. Kyle Peek of Jordan was third (287.7) and Northern’s Michael Boyle was fourth (215.7).
Jordan finished ninth in the men’s team standings, while Riverside was 12th and Northern 15th. Jordan’s women finished 15th and Riverside’s 16th in their team standings.
Northern’s Connor Williams had the best finishes of any Durham swimmer at the regional with his runner-up finish in the 500 freestyle and third place in the 200 free.
The Jordan 200 medley relay of Stephen Young, Alex Bird, Rob Schaefer and James Dressman earned a sixth place, helping the Falcons finish ninth in the men’s team standings. Riverside was 12th and Northern 15th. Jordan’s women finished 15th and Riverside’s 16th.