Monday, February 22, 2010

Country Day boys win 3A swim meet

The Charlotte Country Day boys’ swim team didn’t win their conference championship. But the Bucs saved their best for last in more than one way, winning their first NCISAA swimming title in school history, 134-131, in the last event.

Charlotte Latin, who won the CISAA conference title, Country Day and Covenant Day were first, second and third, respectively coming into the last event, the 400-freestyle relay. The Bucs relay team, which included Ben Rhyne, Zane Turpin, Eddie Masius and Tripp Mulligan, came in second just behind Covenant Day, to earn 22 points and the win, just three points ahead of the Lions (Cov. Day).

“The (Country Day) guys have been focusing on the state meet all season,” Country Day swimming coach Bob Peterson said, in his 11th year as head coach. “We sort of knew how this year, and even this meet would fall out. We wanted a chance to win it in the end, and we rose to the occasion.”

The Bucs’ boys also got wins from their Turpin (100 Butterfly), Andrew Stranick (100 breaststrok), and the 200 Individual Medley relay team (Rhyne, Turpin, Stranick, Graham Hunt) that was just enough for the win.

Covenant Day’s boys’ team had only one win in the last event, the 400-freestyle, where Adam Boone, Hayes Wilkerson, Caleb Ernsberger and Hunter Rowan swam to victory. But the Lions accumulated 131 points overall to finish second.

Charlotte Latin, who was in first place going into the last event, got wins from Collin Higgins in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke and the 200 freestyle relay. Higgins set a state record in the backstroke with 50.15 second time (50.25 was record). Charlotte Christian Paul Bohn (50 and 100 freestyle) and Providence Day’s Graham Kirby (200 and 500 freestyle) also won multiple events.

On the girls’ side of the NCISAA state meet, Wesleyan Christian Academy won the state championship by only two points (153-151) over Charlotte Country Day. The Bucs’ girls finished second for the second year in a row.

“We had to win the last (relay) race to win it all,” Peterson said. “We came up just short again this time. But it was a phenomenal effort by the girls.”

Jourdan Cline led the Bucs winning the 100 butterfly. Charlotte Latin’s Lindsay Bosek, who hasn’t last an individual event in her high school career, won both the 50 and 100 freestyle state titles while Providence Day’s Syd Lindblom won the 500 freestyle. Covenant Days’ girls 400-freestyle relay team also won a state championship in their event, finishing seventh overall.









TEAM SCORES

Boys

1 Charlotte Country Day 134

2 Covenant Day 131

3 Charlotte Latin 120

Girls

1 Wesleyan Christian Academy 153

2 Charlotte Country Day 151

3 Charlotte Latin 120

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