Emme Nelson Eclipses Class Mark, Carrboro Repeats at North Carolina Girls 1A/2A State Championships

carrboro north carolina
Photo Courtesy: NCHSAA Twitter (@NCHSAA)

Agon is the proud sponsor of all high school coverage (recruiting, results, state championships, etc.) on SwimmingWorld.com. For more information about Agon, visit their website?AgonSwim.com.?National Records for High School Are Pending Application Verification.? Click Here to Learn More

The 2020 North Carolina High School Girls’ State Swimming and Diving 1-2A State Championships took place on Thursday, February 6 at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, N.C.

Community School of Davidson’s Emme Nelson highlighted the meet by setting a new Class 1A/2A mark in the 100 breast. Her time of 1:02.14 during prelims eclipsed the previous mark of 1:02.18 and the soon-to-be Texas A&M Aggie was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Swimmer.

For the second-straight year, Carrboro used their impressive depth to secure the team title. The Jaguars won two relays and one individual event for a total of 231 points to edge out runner-up Lincoln Charter (220).

Click HERE for full results and team scores.

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Carrboro – 231
2. Lincoln Charter – 220
3. Community School of Davidson – 189
4. Pine Lake Prep – 167
5. Durham School of the Arts – 155

Community School of Davidson’s Katie Tolone (28.87), Nelson (28.69), Eliana White (25.62), and Meredith Ticker (25.00) opened the meet by winning the 4×50 medley relay in 1:48.18, well over two seconds ahead of the field.

Nelson’s first individual title of the day came in the 200 IM where she posted a five-second victory in 2:03.49, well off her Class 1A/2A mark of 2:00.70 set in 2019. She then went on to defend her 100 breast title, touching the wall in 1:02.81 during finals. Her time of 1:02.14 during prelims eclipsed the previous Class 1A/2A mark of 1:02.18.

After placing third in the 200 free a year ago, Salisbury’s Emily Knorr found herself on top of the podium after stopping the clock in 1:50.56 for the gold medal. Knorr then went on to defend her 500 free title as the first of only three swimmers to dip under the five-minute barrier, doing so in 4:52.40.

Carrboro’s Lindy Bilden splashed-and-dashed her way to a win in the 50 free in a swift 23.65, one-tenth ahead of runner-up White (23.75). For the second-straight year, Langtree Charter’s Joslyn Oakley dove to first on the 1-meter board after posting a final score of 480.85.

Chase’s Jenna Bridges flew to the top spot in the 100 fly to successfully defend her title, getting her hands to the wall first in 54.52. Voyager Academy’s Ede Kosik sprinted to first place in the 100 free, turning in a time of 50.87. Lincoln Charter’s Chloe Harris powered home to the state title in the 100 back, getting her hand to the wall in 55.93.

Emily Carpenter (24.24), Lucy Carroll (25.97), Bilden (23.91), and Katie Hegland (24.01) combined in 24.01 to give Carrboro the win in the 4×50 free relay. Carpenter (52.43), Carroll (55.65), Bilden (52.42), and Hegland (53.04) secured Carrboro’s team title with a win in the 4×100 free relay, besting the field by over five seconds in 3:33.54.