Saturday, February 14, 2009

Charlotte Catholic: swimming dynasty

Charlotte Catholic won its' fourth straight N.C. 3A girls' swimming championship Saturday at UNC Chapel Hill’s Koury Natatorium.

The Cougar girls have won eight straight titles, stretching to their days in 2A competition.

Christen McDonough, a junior, was named most valuable performer after winning the 100-yard breast stroke in 1 minute, 4.08 seconds, which set a state 3A record and achieved an All-American automatic time.
She also was second in the 200-yard individual medley, and swam on two winning relay teams.

Catholic dominated the meet with 396 points, well ahead of runner-up Marvin Ridge (253), Waynesville Tuscola (219) and Lake Norman (200).

The Cougars swept the three relays. Erin Gaeckle, McDonough, Dana Pruitt and Mary Kate Hetzel won the 200 medley relay (1:47.76). Ashlyn Koletic, Allie Miller, Julia Neal and McDonough won the 200 freestyle relay (1:41.65).

Koletic, Hetzel, Pruitt and Gaeckle teamed to win the 400 freestyle relay, the meet’s final event.

Hetzel was second in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

Gaeckle was second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 200 freestyle, as the Cougars scored points in several events.

- Cliff Mehrtens