Wednesday, February 17, 2010

All-Cabarrus swim teams

The 2009-10 season swimming season was a year of change. For the first time ever, the South Piedmont conference (SPC) became an eight-team all Cabarrus County league. One of the conference’s new team was Jay M. Robinson.

For Robinson, change was a good thing. After battling against some of Charlotte’s best in the ME-CA 7, Robinson, led by head coach Beverly Koepelic, returned the favor to the rest of the SPC, dominating the conference this season on both boys and girls’ side.

Robinson not only swept the SPC boys’ and girls’ titles in easy fashion, but also in the top six at both the regional and state meets. The Bulldog boys’ finished 3rd at regionals and 4th at states, overall, while the girls’ finished 4th at regionals and 6th at states.

“This year, we have had a whole different feeling, mindset and level of energy,” Kopelic said, before the regional meet. “This is the best team we’ve had in my five years here. No matter what league (or classification – 4A or 3A) we were in, I think our team was still going to end up being very good.”

Boys Swimming

Boys Swimmer of the Year: Chad Heiser, Jay M. Robinson

Chad Heiser has been swimming nearly year round since the second grade. This year, was likely one of his best as the junior not only dominated his events in conference competition, but excelled at both the regional and state meets. Heiser, who was also SPC Boys’ Swimmer of the Year, finished in the top three at regionals in four different events, including two relays. Heiser, who is being recruited by several schools at the next, also finished second in the 200 freestyle at the state meet.

Boys Swimming Coach of the Year: Jamie Carter, Cox Mill

In the first year of the Cox Mill’s existence as a school, head coach Jamie Carter already led the Chargers to more than respectability. Cox Mill finished 7-2 in conference play, finished 3rd overall behind Robinson and Hickory Ridge. The Chargers, led by all-conference swimmers Ethan Garrison and Preston Roycroft, also fared well in the postseason, finished sixth at the regional meet and seventh at states.

Boys Team

50 Freestyle – Matt Icard, Hickory Ridge…SPC champ, was also amongst state’s best

100 Freestyle – Ethan Garrison, Cox Mill…sophomore 4th at states in 50 and 100 freestyle

200 Freestyle – Chad Heiser, J.M. Robinson…SPC Swimmer of the Year, can do it all

500 Freestyle – Austin Rohrer, Concord…one of region and state’s best this season

200 IM – Preston Roycroft, Cox Mill…amongst state’s best in team’s first year

100 Backstroke - Zack Lambert, Hickory Ridge…3A state champion, one of best in state overall

100 Breaststroke – Michael Dilks, Mount Pleasant…sophomore already a factor in SPC, region and state

100 Butterfly – Rene Brown, J.M. Robinson…Bulldogs’ senior lead 2nd at states, 5th at regionals

200 Freestyle Relay – Hickory Ridge (Lambert, Icard, Adam Mulchi, Ben Mack)

400 Freestyle Relay – J.M. Robinson (Griffin Fiedler, Heiser, Brown, Brian Todd)

200 IM Relay – J.M. Robinson (Fiedler, Heiser, Brown, Forrest Cannon)

Girls Swimming

Girls Swimmer of the Year: Julia Greer, Jay M. Robinson

Like Heiser, Julia Greer has been swimming competitively most of her life, but this year, her senior season, she went out with a bang. Greer, the SPC Girls’ Swimmer of the Year, was a part of four different first place finishes in the SPC meet, including two relays. Greer, who is also a talented singer, sang the national anthem at the 3A West Regional meet, before taking fourth place in three different events (100 freestyle, 200 IM relay and 200 free relay). Greer capped her high school career at states, finishing in top 6 in three events, including the 200 free and in both of her relay events.

Girls Swimming Coach of the Year: Beverly Koepelic, Jay M. Robinson

For five difficult years, Beverly Koepelic watched her team compete against some of the state’s best swimmers in the ME-CA 7, without a lot to show for it.

This year, all that hard work paid off as the Bulldog won the SPC championship in both the boys’ and girls’ sides. Koepelic guided her team’s to a perfect 14-0 regular season, before leading both of her team’s to top six finishes at both regionals and states.

Girls Team

50 Freestyle – Jackie Ramdin, Cannon…sophomore already among CISAA’s best

100 Freestyle – Julia Greer, J.M. Robinson…SPC Swimmer of the year led Bulldogs in multiple events

200 Freestyle – Bethy Beard, Cox Mill…qualified for state meet as a sophomore

500 Freestyle – Hunter Rogers, J.M. Robinson…freshman finished in top 6 at regionals and states in two events

200 IM – Addison White, J.M. Robinson…sophomore is amongst state’s best and has bright future.

100 Backstroke – Alex Kirk, J.M. Robinson…senior area’s only state qualifier in this event

100 Breaststroke – Meghan Masius, J.M. Robinson…with White, had two state qualifiers in one event

100 Butterfly – Taylor Greene, Northwest Cabarrus…junior only girl to win SPC title not from Robinson

200 Freestyle Relay – J.M. Robinson (Kirk, Greer, Rogers, White)…unbeaten in SPC

400 Freestyle Relay – Concord (Mary Blackwelder, Brianna Clark, Annabeth Bethune, Lucy Suddreth)…only team to challenge Robinson in SPC

200 IM Relay – J.M. Robinson (Kirk, Greer, Katy Gilbert, Masius)…6th at states


-- Special Correspondent Jay Edwards


1 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why don't you do one for Mecklenburg County too? Lots of good swimmers who deserve recognition. CHarlotte HS sports isn't all basketball and football...