Sunday, February 6, 2011

Charlotte Catholic dominates 3A swim regionals (3A and 4A complete results)

Charlotte Catholic's girls won their 10th straight N.C. 4A West Regional swim championship Saturday in Huntersville. The Cougars won eight of the 12 events in the meet.

The Cougars were led by freshman Lauren Rhodes, who won two individual (50 and 200 freestyle) and was a big part of two relays (200 and 400 freestyle relay). Catholic junior Ashlyn Koletic was also big, winning the 100 freestyle, while also competing on both 200 IM and 400 freestyle relay teams that won their events. Cougar freshman Maria Sheridan did the same thing, winning one event (100 backstroke) and two relays (200 IM relay and 200 freestyle relay).

The Catholic girls will try to win their 10th straight state Saturday when at the 3A state meet at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary.

 “Like every year, our swimmers seem are on when it’s time to be on,” Charlotte Catholic swimming coach Brian Gross said, in his 9th year as head coach. “We don’t look at the competition. We focus on our training throughout the year, and trust it will get us where we need to go.”

Catholic boys won second straight West Regional championship with the Cougar boys won only one event overall, the 200-freestyle relay, which included Ryan Begley, Ryan Hall, Nicholas Andrade, Jonathan Peterson.

“Every (Catholic) wants to live up to our tradition,” Gross said. “No team want to be the one to lose.”

Jay M. Robinson, who finished second in the boys’ meet, won the most events overall (boys’ side), taking four including two individuals by Bulldogs’ senior Chad Heiser (200 IM and 100 breaststroke) and two relays (200 IM relay and 400 freestyle relay).

Marvin Ridge finished second on the girls’ side, 114.5 points behind Catholic.

The Weddington girls, with finished fifth on the girls’ side, got two event wins, both by senior Katherine Plevka (200 IM and 100 breaststroke).

Other local event winners, included Hickory’s Graham Williams (200 and 500 freestyle), Hickory Ridge’s Zack Lambert (100 freestyle and 100 backstroke) and Adam Mulchi (Hickory Ridge – 50 freestyle) and Weddington’s Alex Biehl (100 butterfly).

The Providence and Charlotte Catholic boys and girls’ swimming teams are used to winning every meet they swim in.

Saturday, both the Cougars and Panthers swept the boys and girls’ 3A and 4A West Regional swim championships at Huntersville Fitness and Aquatic Center to continue their Charlotte area dominance.

Providence senior Kip Darmody, a nationally-ranked swimmer who has signed with Texas, stole the show, again, winning two individual (200 freestyle and 100 backstroke) events and one relay (400 freestyle relay) to lead the defending state champion Panthers to another West Region title by 102 points over the closest competition (Lake Norman).

Darmody broke his own region and meet record in the 100 backstroke, swimming a 50.92, just faster than his 51.09 (in 2009).

Meanwhile, Kyle Darmody, Kip’s younger brother was also a standout, despite swimming with a 101-degree temperature, winning the 100 freestyle and being a part of the 400 freestyle relay team.

“We knew what we had to do coming into the meet,” Providence swim coach Sandy Martin said, whose teams will compete for a state title next Friday (Feb. 11) at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary. “But to go out there and do it when we we’re all feeling our best says a lot about this team. They stepped up and dug deep (tonight).”

The Providence girls’ won the West Region title for the 14th consecutive time in Coach Martin’s (14-year) tenure, despite having lost both the regular season and Southwestern 4A conference championships to Ardrey Kell.

Panther senior, N.C. State signee, Susie Raichle led the way, winning the 200 Individual Medley (IM) and 100 breaststroke to score big for Providence. Junior diver, Madeline Keely, was also huge winning the diving portion of the regional meet.

Lake Norman finished second in the boys’ side of the meet with wins from Logan Heck (50 freestyle), UNC signee Tyler Hill (200 IM) and the 200-meter relay. Meanwhile, first-year Hough High was also impressive finishing third with wins from Peter Brumm (100 butterfly), John Manchester (500 freestyle), Charles Mitchell (diving) and the 200 IM relay squad.

Ardrey Kell’s girls’, the Southwestern 4A regular champion, finished second to Providence, but won the 200 and 400 freestyle relays with Sam Benson, Shannon Foreman, Jordan Pierpont and Hannah Voso swimming on both teams.

Lake Norman’s girls, who finished third, also got standout performances from Florida State signee Haley Powell, who won both the 50 and 100 freestyle, while Heather Isetts won the 100 butterfly.

Other local winners included Myers Park’s Ashley Frith (500 freestyle), North Meck’s Molly Sanborn (200 freestyle) and Hough’s Ali Kitchens (100 backstroke) on the girls’ side.

On the boys’ side, Olympic’s Damian Smalls also won the 100 breaststroke.



1 Providence 433.50

2 Lake Norman 331.50

3 Hough 249

4 Myers Park 233

5 South Mecklenburg 161

4A Boys Individual Events

200 IM Relay –  Hough (Patrick Cowley, Andrew Botelho, Peter Brumm, John Manchester) – 1:39.85

200 Freestyle – Kip Darmody, Providence – 1:42.26

200 IM – Tyler Hill, Lake Norman – 1:57.47

50 Freestyle – Logan Heck, Lake Norman – 21.62

100 Butterfly – Peter Brumm, Hough – 51.41

100 Freestyle – Kyle Darmody, Providence – 48.32

500 Freestyle – John Manchester, Hough – 4:40.84

200 Freestyle Relay – Lake Norman (Tyler Hill, Reed Wheeler, David Stamm, Logan Heck) – 1:28.12

100 Backstroke – Kip Darmody, Providence – 50.92

100 Breaststroke – Damian Smalls, Olympic – 59.92

400 Freestyle Relay – Providence (Kip Darmody, Kyle Darmody, Kevin Glenn, Austin Snyder) – 3:12.13


1 Providence 337

2 Ardrey Kell 312

3 Lake Norman 250

4 South Mecklenburg 248.50

5 Hough 238

4A Girls Individual Events

200 IM Relay – Hough (Ali Kitchens, Payton Schrum, Heather Merritt, Shannon Bauer) – 1:51.77

200 Freestyle – Molly Sanborn, North Meck – 1:56.25

200 IM – Susie Raichle, Providence – 2:11.60

50 Freestyle – Haley Powell, Lake Norman – 24.53

100 Butterfly – Heather Isetts, Lake Norman – 58.87

100 Freestyle –  Haley Powell, Lake Norman – 53.07

500 Freestyle – Ashley Frith, Myers Park – 5:12.52

200 Freestyle Relay – Ardrey Kell (Sam Benson, Jordan Pierpont, Hannah Voso, Shannon Foreman) – 1:40.98

100 Backstroke –Ali Kitchens, Hough – 59.14

100 Breaststroke – Susie Raichle, Providence – 1:07.20

400 Freestyle Relay – Ardrey Kell (S. Benson, J. Pierpont, H. Voso, S. Foreman) – 3:38.61

1-meter diving: Madeline Keeley, Providence


1 Charlotte Catholic 315

2 Jay M. Robinson 212

3 Marvin Ridge 194

4 Cox Mill 187

5 Hickory Ridge 175

3A Boys Individual Events

200 IM Relay – Jay M. Robinson (Griffin Fiedler, Chad Heiser, Tyler Gomez, C.J. Herron) – 1:42.98

200 Freestyle – Graham Williams, Hickory – 1:46.59

200 IM – Chad Heiser, Jay M. Robinson – 1:59.45

50 Freestyle – Adam Mulchi, Hickory Ridge – 22.19

100 Butterfly – Alex Biehl, Weddington – 54.30

100 Freestyle – Zack Lambert, Hickory Ridge – 48.21

500 Freestyle – Graham Williams, Hickory – 4:47.45

200 Freestyle Relay – Charlotte Catholic (Ryan Begley, Ryan Hall, Nicholas Andrade, Jonathan Peterson) – 1:31.28

100 Backstroke – Zach Lambert, Hickory Ridge – 52.49

100 Breaststroke – Chad Heiser, Jay M. Robinson – 59.88

400 Freestyle Relay – Jay M. Robinson (G. Fiedler, T. Gomez, C. Heiser, Ryan Buddendeck) – 3:24.00

1-meter diving – Lee Fullam, West Henderson – 287.95 points


1 Charlotte Catholic 493

2 Marvin Ridge 378.5

3 Tuscola 214

4 Jay M. Robinson 186

5 Weddington 125

3A Girls Individual Events

200 IM Relay – Charlotte Catholic (Erin Gaeckle, Allison McDonough, Maria Sheridan, Ashlyn Koletic) – 1:52.09

200 Freestyle –  Lauren Rhodes, Charlotte Catholic – 1:54.15

200 IM – Katherine Plevka, Weddington – 2:11.59

50 Freestyle – Lauren Rhodes, Charlotte Catholic – 24.03

100 Butterfly – Victoria Oslund, Tuscola – 57.94

100 Freestyle – Ashlyn Koletic, Charlotte Catholic – 53.41

500 Freestyle – Katy Springfield, Tuscola – 5:09.89

200 Freestyle Relay – Charlotte Catholic (M. Sheridan, Cara Gilligan, Christine Sullivan, L. Rhodes) – 1:40.14

100 Backstroke – Maria Sheridan, Charlotte Catholic – 1:00.61

100 Breaststroke – Katherine Plevka, Weddington – 1:09.04

400 Freestyle Relay – Charlotte Catholic (C. Gilligan, L. Rhodes, A. Koletic, Elsa Weishofer) – 3:38.17

1-meter diving – Beth Rusterholz, Charlotte Catholic – 354.20 points