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Only one local swimmer returned with survivors in tow from this season’s N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 4A class Swimming & Diving Championship Meet.

Of the total of four local entries sending representatives to the title affair at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, only Lake Norman High School’s girls team made enough of a presence impression to log in with points during the daylong event.

The Wildcats combined a number of both individual-based and relay-related placements worthy of collecting points of some sort to tally a total of 145 points that placed them sixth among the total of 32 girls division teams picking up a least one point in the meet.

Meanwhile, representatives of the Lake Norman’s boys team as well as both the girls and boys teams from Mooresville High School did not manage to finish high enough in any of the events to score points for their squads.

Participation in the TAC facility attracted deserving swimmers from across the state for competition in the sport’s season-ending affair.

When all strokes had been recorded, Lake Norman’s girls team parlayed scoring selections in both a host of individual events as well as in all three of the relay races to account for the overall sixth-place finish.

During the state meet, all entries logging in with finishes among the top 16 positions in each of the events tallied points of some sort for their teams.

For the Wildcats, racking up points for their team in individual events came courtesy of: Helena Bardsley in the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyles; Desirae Mangaoang in the 200-yard Individual Medley and 100-yard breastroke; Hanani Dona in the 200-yard IM and 100-yard backstroke; Morgan Skalsky in the 1-meter diving; Emma Stolberg in the 100-yard butterfly, 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle; Macyn Garlick in the 100-yard freestyle; and Maddie Huecker in the 100-yard breastroke.

Highlighting the individual efforts, Mangaoang crafted a third-place finish in the 100-yard breastroke that stood up as the best placement of any Lake Norman entry in the field. She also did so to set the new program record in the event as well.

As for relay races, the crew comprised of Dona, Mangaoang, Stolberg and Garlick scored as a foursome in both the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle affairs as did the cast consisting of Bardsley, Isabella Anton, Josie Respess and Katherine Tidwell in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

The 200-yard relay roster chimed in with a fourth-place finish that was best among the relays and second-best for the girls team in the meet overall.{/div}

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