Carrboro’s Will Macmillan shattered a Triangle Olympic gold medalist’s high school record by nearly a second Saturday in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A/2A swimming and diving championships at the Triangle Aquatic Center.
Macmillan broke the 10-year-old mark for all state classifications established by Enloe’s Charlie Houchin, a 2012 gold medalist in the 200 freestyle relay. In 2006, Houchin clocked 1 minute, 37.95 seconds. Macmillan touched the wall in 1:36.99.
“I saw (Houchin) speak at a swimming banquet five years ago,” said Macmillan, named the Most Outstanding Swimmer of the boys meet. “He left quite an impression. It’s amazing to think I broke one of his records by nearly a second and that I can hopefully be on his level someday.”
But the 200 free wasn’t all for the Stanford-bound Macmillan. His day totaled four state titles along with two relays and two more 1A/2A state records for three in all.
He set 1A/2A state records in the 100 butterfly mark with a 48.26 that beat his 49.84 from 2015. In the 400-freestyle relay, Macmillan, Caleb Bollenchbacher, Jack Dozier and Simon Deshusses clocked 3:12.49 to beat Carrboro’s state mark set last year (3:13.15).
His fourth state title of the day was the 200 medley relay (1:37.63) with Deshusses, Myles Miller and Dozier.
In team competition, Carrboro’s boys were third to state champion Washington and the Carrboro’s girls second to Mooresville’s Pine Lake Prep. Raleigh Charter finished third, ending a five-year run as state champs.
Macmillan won two individual state titles for the third straight year and finished his career a 10-time state champion – six individual and four relays (swimmers are limited to two individual events and two relays).
As a junior, he won the 200 free and 100 free. As a sophomore, he captured the 200 individual medley and the 100 free. He’s been around so long and been so versatile, he lost his 200 IM record set as a sophomore. Without Macmillan, Mount Pleasant’s Danny Dilks won the 200 IM in 1:52.27 to beat Macmillan’s 2014 mark (1:52.53).
Top four: The only other Triangle boy among the top four to earn a medal was Deshusses with two third-places in the 200 IM (1:55.90) and 100 breaststroke (58.10).
More champs: West Davidson’s Alex Van Der Linden was a double winner in the 50 free (21.17) and the 100 free (47.07). Other champs were First Flight’s Hunter Crook, 500 free (4:36.37); and Washington’s Kevin Andrews, 100 backstroke (51.76).
Raleigh Charter sophomore Sydney Willis pulled off the upset of the meet with a nearly-13-second improvement in the 500 freestyle. She entered the meet with the seventh-seeded time of 5:19.23 and won in 5:06.99.
Willis was sixth in the 500 free as a freshman and said she would have been happy with any medal this year. She started the night a runner-up finish in the 200 free (1:52.65).
“I was happy with second because the girl that won was tough to beat,” said Willis, referring to Lincoln Charter’s Christina Lappin. “I was motivated after that race. I was only thinking about fourth or fifth (in the 500 free).”
Carrboro’s Paloma Baca lowered her 500-free time from fourth-seeded to finish second (5:07.87). She added a third in the 200 free (1:54.24).
Another Triangle double medalist was Carrboro’s Mia Morrell in the 200 IM (2:10.51) and the 100 butterfly (58.27).
Top four: Other Triangle medalists were Raleigh Charter’s Lilly Whalen in the 50 free, second (24.94); Carrboro’s Anneliese Merry, 100 free, third (54.08); Raleigh Charter’s Sydney Parsons, 100 breast, third (1:07.02); and Carrboro’s Audrey Costley, 100 breast, fourth, 1:08.87.
More champs: Two double winners were Lappin in the 200 free (1:49.95) and 100 free (50.64) and Most Outstanding Swimmer Alyssa Marsh of Pine Lake Prep in the 50 free (22.83) and the 100 butterfly (52.23). Other champs were Lincoln Charter’s Alexandra Baker, 200 IM (2:05.75); Lexi Souther of Monroe’s Parkwood, 100 backstroke (54.64) and Lake Norman Charter’s Riggan Ayscue, 100 breast (1:06.28).