Chapel Hill: Sports

The Farm / Meadowmont Y team wins Chapel Hill swim championships

The coaches for The Farm/Y ‘Animals’ cheer on their swimmers during the 2016 CHSSL championships in Koury Natatorium.
The coaches for The Farm/Y ‘Animals’ cheer on their swimmers during the 2016 CHSSL championships in Koury Natatorium.

The Farm / Meadowmont YMCA team swept last weekend’s championships of the Chapel Hill Summer Swim League, winning both the boys’ and girls’ team title for the fourth time in five years.

Swimming Friday and Saturday at Koury Natatorium on the campus of UNC, the Farm / Y team compiled 2,290.5 points to win the combined championship. The Southern Village / Governors Club, last year’s combined champion, was a close second, with 2,117 points, while the Chapel Hill Country Club / Ridgewood team scored 1,839 for third place.

Heritage Hills / Homestead Aquatics Center (1,757.5) placed fourth, followed in order by: Hillsborough Sportsplex (1,214); Hollow Rock / Sedgefield (1,202.5); Briar Chapel (1,056.5); Exchange / Sunset Creek (1,046); and the Tennis Club / Stoneridge (719.5).

Mia Oliaro, age 10, paced the Farm / Y Animals with three record-setting performances in the sprints – winning the 9-10 girls’ 25-yard freestyle (in 12.7 seconds), 25-yard backstroke (15.60), and the 25-yard butterfly (13.38). She entered the meet with seed times already better than the existing meet records and then swam a personal best in each to shave almost a second off the previous marks.

Four other Animals broke records, with Lalla Kwong setting two for the 6-and-under girls – in the 25-yard freestyle (18.24) and 25 backstroke (20.51). Audrey Sept won the 13-14 girls’ 50 free with a record time of 25.94; Connor Sept set a record (27.74) in the 15-18 boys’ 50 breaststroke; and Curry Jennings’ record time of 19.72 seconds won the 8-under boys’ 25 breaststroke.

The Southern Village / Governbors Club’s quartet of Leah Abrams, Audrey Costley, Olivia Weigle and Elizabeth Conte won the 15-18 girls’ 200-yard medley relay in a record time of 1:57.58.

Costley also set a record in winning the girls’ individual medley in 1:02.29, cutting more than a full second off the previous record of 1:03.73 set in 2011 by Kaitlan Jones.

Paige Jones of the Country Club / Ridgewood Sharks won the 15-18 girls’ 50 free in a record time of 24.98.

Kwong, Jennings, Oliaro, Audrey Sept and Jones each won the maximum number of points available to stand as the high-point winner in their age group. Other high-point winners included: Charles Yang (HH/HAC) among the 6-under boys; Sophia Stinnett (Sportsplex), 7-8 girls; Gus Wiggins (SV/GC), 9-10 boys; Claire Keetderks (HR/St), 11-12 girls; Michael Volpe (Farm/Y), 11-12 boys; and Noah Jimison (Sportsplex), 13-14 boys. Jake Pudik of TC/ST and Ben Scott of HH/HAC each contributed 57 points to tie for the best among the 15-18 boys.

The Farm / YMCA girls team finished with a margin of 1,159-1,069, over runnerup SV/GC. Country Club/Ridgewood was third with 1,004.

The Farm / YMCA earned 1,131 points in boys events, while Heritage Hills / Homestead was second with 1,070. SV/GC was third with 1,048.