Buoyed by some success, there remains more to the high school swimming season for a select number of local participants in the state’s largest classification.
That fact was revealed following efforts put forth during the course of the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 4A class West Reginal Championship Swim Meet.
Lake Norman served as the official host of the regional affair at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center. The day-long event established qualifying entries for this month’s NCHSAA state 4A swimming championship finals.
A number of entries representing the girls and boys teams from the Lake Norman program, as well as from Mooresville High, were among the ones extending the season into the state finals.
The lone outright individual first-place feat came from the Lake Norman girls end of the pool.
The Wildcats’ Desirae Mangaoang turned in the quickest time completing the 100-meter breaststroke event to help headline her team’s appearance.
Lake Norman’s girls coupled that solo gold medal with a healthy number of accompanying points-worthy placements for an overall third-place finish for the best such showing among all other area participants. LNHS picked up 297 points. Mooresville’s girls collected 29 points among the 18 teams in the field.
Among area boys teams, Lake Norman racked up 108 points for an eighth-place finish. Mooresville countered with 13 points among the 19 boys teams.
Times logged in were also used to determine state finals-worthy entries.
With Lake Norman’s Mangaoang riding points thanks to her individual first-place finish, other members of the Wildcats collecting team points within the solo various events included: Helena Bardsley and Macyn Garlick in the 200-meter freestyle; Garlick in the100-meter freestyle; Dona Hanani in the 200-meter individual medley; Mangaoang in the 200-meter IM; Madelyn Sursi in the 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly; Morgan Skalsky in the 1-meter diving; Emma Stolberg in the 100-meter butterfly; Stolberg and Bardsley in the 500-meter freestyle; Hanani in the 100-meter backstroke; and Maddie Huecker and Isabella Anton in the 10-meter breastroke.
Relay qualifiers for the Lake Norman girls were turned in by the crews comprised of Hanani, Stolberg, Mangaoang and Garlick in the 200-meter medley and 200-meter freestyle, as well as by Anton, Sursi, Jessie Respess and Bardsley in the 400-meter freestyle
Mooresville’s girls gathered points individually from Julianna Morrow in the 500-meter freestyle as well as in relays thanks to the foursome of Morrow, Kayla Stissel, Ellery Bankrier and Jaden Schutt in the 200-meter freestyle, and the crew consisting of Bankrier, Schutt, Morrow and Cara Cywinski in the 400-meter relay.
Lake Norman’s boys team was anchored by the scoring in solo events courtesy of: Samuel Locktong, Carter Mathiason and Jake Lanois in the 50-meter freestyle; Carson Wood in the 1-meter diving; Preston Mason in the 100-meter butterfly; Ryan Yeh in the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke
In relays, the crew of Yeh, Mason, Nat Carsten and Mathiason as well as Ayden Schott, Mason, Nate Claborn and Locktong, and Mathiason, Lanois, Locktong and Yeh all racked up points in the 200-meter medley, 200-meter and 400-meter freestyles.
Mooresville collected points on a solo basis thanks to Ethan Brewer in the 500-meter freestyle, as well as from the foursome of Brewer, Seth Ladigo, Nate Sentas and Ryan Frank in both the 200-meter and 400-meter freestyle relays.
Qualifying entries will appear in the NCHSAA 4A Championship Swim Meet scheduled Friday at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary.