Carrboro swimming raced out to a quick start, winning seven of the first 10 events, but strong relay finishes from the Raleigh Charter girls and Washington boys dropped the Jaguars to second.
The Jaguars got the momentum rolling with consecutive medley relay victories, with both the boys and girls 200-yard medley teams winning by at least two seconds to open the evening.
Carrboro was satisfied with the finish.
“It feels so good, now I’m really looking forward to states. Hopefully we can go and get the same results,” said Stanford recruit Will Macmillan, the top-ranked swimmer in North Carolina.
Despite having the lowest seed-time of any of the state qualifiers in the 200-yard freestyle event, DSA’s Misha Neal shaved off approximately seven seconds to finish in third with a time of 1:57.58.
“I’ve been training really hard in practice. I was rested for this, and I was ready to go fast,” Neal said. “We’ve improved greatly I can say, especially … the girls relays, the boys, and just overall.”
After having only one state qualifier in the 200-yard freestyle, Carrboro bounced back in a dramatic manner, with Anneliese Merry and Mia Morrell finishing first and second in the 200-yard IM.
Raleigh Charter’s Lily Whalen won the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle while also swimming the last leg of the Phoenix’s first place 200-yard freestyle relay. Sydney Parsons also won the 100-yard breastroke.
Carrboro’s Morrell won the 100-yard butterfly – being the only girl to finish in under a minute (59.35). The Jaguars capped off the night with a 400-yard freestyle relay win.
Croatan got first place finishes from Lyndsey Reeve – who won the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle races – and Annie Reindl, who won the 100-yard breastroke.
NCSSM’s Lindsey Ruderman won the girls diving competition with a score of 389.
Carrboro swept the first three boys events, starting with the 200-yard medley of Macmillan, Simon Deshusses, Myles Miller and Jack Dozier, then Macmillan won the 200-yard freestyle, and Deshusses followed up by winning the 200-yard IM by a near five-second margin (2:02.13).
Both swimmers set personal bests in their first individual swims of the meet. The duo, both set to graduate this spring, have learned a lot by competing on a traditional powerhouse over four years, and hope the underclassmen they leave behind learned from them.
“We’ve come a lot closer …we’ve lost a lot of guys, and we’ve also gained some younger guys and we’ve been able to pass down that those older guys taught us, that momentum,” Macmillan said. “They always won states every year and last year we were able to win.”
“The transition from being a freshman to being a senior, I didn’t know what to expect, the whole experience, the mentor-to-mentor-to-mentor process,” Deshusses said.
Deshusses also won the 100-yard breastroke.
Carrboro’s Macmillan won the 100-yard butterfly by a five second margin (50.79).
East Carteret’s Cameron Harding won the 50-yard freestyle and First Flight’s Hunter Crook won the 500-yard freestyle.
Washington’s Justin Clark won the 100-yard freestyle, the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relay and Kevin Andrews won the 100-yard backstroke.
DSA’s Joshua Yueh won the boys diving competition with a score of 238.75.