By Brian Savard
RALEIGH, North Carolina, February 3. TWO state records and three additional meet records fell on Saturday during the North Carolina 1A/2A state swimming and diving championships.
Cardinal Gibbons stole the spotlight on the women's side. It won five total events and won the team title by a lopsided 148 points.
Julie Smith from Cardinal Gibbons edged the previous state mark in the 200 freestyle. Her 1:49.68 time edged the former record by .11 seconds held by Katy Bland of Leesville High School set in 2002. Smith added a record-breaking performance in the 100 backstroke (57.79) eclipsing the 2002 mark set by Jaclyn Soladay of Charlotte Catholic.
Teresa Long from Raleigh Charter dominated the sprint events. She reset her 2006 state record in the 50 freestyle (23.60), and narrowly missed her 2006 state record in the 100 freestyle (51.53).
Kelly Baird from West Davidson shattered the 500 freestyle meet record (4:56.72) breaking the mark Shannon Van Hoy of Charlotte Catholic set just two years ago. Baird also finished second in the 200 freestyle.
Cardinal Gibbons won two of the three relays. The relay team comprised of Heather Ahmed, Kristyn Repke, Taylor Edmonds and Smith won the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:40.89), and the quartet of Repke, Kirsten Esplin, Cameron Figures and Smith took the 400 yard freestyle relay title (3:41.14).
The men's meet saw similar dominance through East Lincoln, which cruised to an 88-point victory over the field.
East Lincoln also won two of three relays. Jesse Cadenhead, Ben Jones, Cruz Alexander, and Austin Spain teamed up for a victory in the 200 yard medley relay (1:46.86) and Adam Hoyle, Jonny Betts, Alexander, and Ryan Hultgren took first in the 200 yard freestyle relay by .01 seconds (1:37.63). Hibriten edged out East Lincoln in the 400 yard freestyle relay (3:26.38), setting a meet record. Charlotte Catholic's 2005 relay team formerly held the record.
Stephen Caudill from Elkin won both the 200 IM (2:01.03) and the 100 butterfly (52.98). Caudill owns the 200 IM meet record (1:58.27) as well as the 100 butterfly record (51.77). He set the records at the 2005 and the 2006 state meets, respectively.
Gavin Spake from West Davidson bested the field in the 200 freestyle (1:47.61), and touched out Ted Esch from Hibriten in the 500 freestyle (4:53.23).
Sarah Wyman from Perquimans and Josh Ivens from West Henderson won both the women's and the men's diving competition with 356.05 and 307.95 points, respectively.