Monday, February 23, 2009

Covenant Day, Concord Cannon win titles

Covenant Day won the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A boys’ swimming championship and Concord Cannon won its second straight girls’ title Monday at Curran Aquatic Center in Cary.

The Covenant Day boys scored 148.5 points, followed by Cannon (117) and Charlotte Country Day (104).

Covenant Day’s Adam Boone tied Richard Upton (Raleigh Ravenscroft) in the 100-yard breaststroke, as both finished in 1 minute, 1.18 seconds. The Lions’ Hayes Wilkerson, Boone, Hunter Rowan and John Kempf combined to win the 200 medley relay in 1:42.31, less than a half-second ahead of runnerup Cannon.

Two area swimmers were double winners in the boys’ meet - Charlotte Latin sophomore Collin Higgins (200 individual medley and 100 backstroke, and Cannon’s Mack Montgomery (200 and 500 freestyles).

Hickory Grove’s Andrew Corley won the 100 butterfly.

Cannon’s Taylor Williams, Matt Dockery, David Randolph and Montgomery combined to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:19.98.

Cannon’s girls set an early tone by winning the 200 medley relay by more than three seconds to open the meet. The winners were Hannah Sommerville, Leah Davis, Meredith Hoover and Jackie Ramdin.

Hoover, a junior, also won the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly. Davis, also a junior, won the 200 freestyle, and was edged by 18/100th of a second in the 500 freestyle by Covenant Day’s Lizzie Pugh.

Charlotte Latin freshman Lindsay Bosek was state champion in the 50 and 100 freestyles, and finished the season unbeaten in both races.
Cannon’s girls scored 177 points, well ahead of runnerup Country Day (147) and Weslyan Christian (111).

Country Day’s Katie Nelson, Jourdan Cline, Hayden Bumgardner and Sam Frost combined to win the girls’ 400 freestyle relay.

Covenant Day won the NCISAA 1A/2A girls’ and boys’ titles last year before moving to 3A.

- Cliff Mehrtens