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N&O high school boys swimming preview: MacMillan leads Carrboro

Will MacMillan of Carrboro starts in the Men's 200 Yard Medley Relay race during the NCHSAA 1A/2A State Swimming Finals in Cary, N.C. on Friday, February 13, 2015.
Will MacMillan of Carrboro starts in the Men's 200 Yard Medley Relay race during the NCHSAA 1A/2A State Swimming Finals in Cary, N.C. on Friday, February 13, 2015. newsobserver.com

Carrboro’s boys swimming team won a share of the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A/2A championships and brings back a solid core led by the top-ranked swimmer in the state.

Will MacMillan returns for his senior year as the two-time reigning MVP of the state meet and No. 1-ranked swimmer in North Carolina by collegeswimming.com. He has signed with Stanford.

MacMillan set a new 1A/2A record in the 200 freestyle and also won the 100 freestyle. The Jaguars also won two relays – the 200 medley and the 400 freestyle – and return senior Simon Deshussess and MacMillan from those teams.

Teams to watch

Cardinal Gibbons: Took second in 3A, but moves up to 4A this year. Freshman Cothalee Watko and senior Christopher Raymond were on the winning 200 medley relay team. Juniors John Cairns, Christopher Fischetti and senior Luke Stevens add depth. Junior Bennet Schuman returns as the team’s top diver.

Carrboro: The Jaguars also bring back senior Ted Bilden, junior Caleb Bollenbacher, senior Jack Dozier and junior Ian Foster, who each qualified for the state meet. Deshussess was also second in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke.

Cary Academy: Won the NCISAA 3A co-championship despite only winning the gold in the 400 freestyle. Sophomore Vincent Wang was sixth in the 200 IM. Senior Sebastian Kettner, the only returning member of the winning relay team, was second in the 100 freestyle. Junior Ari Kaufman was fourth in the 500 free.

Chapel Hill: The two-time defending 3A champs lose a chunk of last year’s depth. Junior Jacob Werden (fifth in 3A 500 freestyle) and sophomores Beau Brauer, Thomas Bretzmann and Jordan Ren all qualified for last year’s state meet.

Corinth Holders: Connor Blandford, a senior and Kentucky recruit, returns as the 3A champ in the 200 IM (1:53.95) and runner-up in the 100 backstroke. Sophomore Ryan Patrick and seniors Chris Carter, Bryce Sherrill and Eric Svadeba also return to the Two Rivers 3A Conference champs.

East Chapel Hill: The Wildcats were third in 4A and return senior diver James Brady and sophomores Christopher Chao and Connor Sept.

Green Hope: The Falcons, second in 4A last year, return Towson recruit Chris Daniels and Georgetown recruit Henry Hollinshead from a state championship 200 freestyle relay team. Sophomore John Healy and senior Jethro Ssengonzi, as well as senior diver Connor Slater, also return.

Millbrook: The Cap-8 Conference champions return seniors Chase Binion and Ryan Donnelly, junior diver Grant Tinsley-Little and sophomores Davis Payne and Hunter Pigg.

N.C. School of Science and Math: The Unicorns, third in NCHSAA 1A/2A, bring back seniors Jake Craddock, Richard Lang, Steve Park, Seth Yook and divers Cole Kirkpatrick and Jake Richter.

Individuals to watch

Connor Callahan, Sr., Panther Creek: Won the NCHSAA 4A diving championship.

Andrew Capobianco, Jr., Holly Springs: Fourth in 4A diving.

Joshua Conger, Sr., Northwood: Regional champ in 200 freestyle.

Riley Mears, Jr., St. David’s: Swept NCISAA 1A/2A in 200 IM (2:00.70) and 500 freestyle (4:48.58).

Jordan Mintz, Sr., Middle Creek: Gardner-Webb recruit was fifth in NCHSAA 4A 100 breststroke.

Tyler Silver, Sr., Athens Drive: Florida recruit won the NCHSAA 4A 100 backstroke (50.27).

Garrett Troxler, Jr., Cary: Was part of the winning 4A 400 relay.

C.J. Van Vooran, Jr., Cary Christian: Won the NCISAA 1A/2A 200 freestyle.

Riley Voth, Sr., Trinity Academy Raleigh: Won the NCISAA 1A/2A 100 breast stroke

J. Mike Blake: 919-460-2606, @JMBpreps