Jane Donahue Leads Christ the King Catholic High to NCISAA 1A/2A State Crown

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Christ the King Catholic High won the girls North Carolina Independent School’s 1A/2A state title on Monday. This was the first state championship for the young team, in only their fourth year competing. Their defending champion boys finished second by a mere two and a half points to Grace Christian.

Christ the King opened the meet in state record time as Annie DonahueJane DonahueAmanda Hoffman, and Jordan Lamoreux posted a dominating 1:48.85 in the 200 medley relay. The same quartet also ended the meet with a state record time of 3:35.65 in the 400 freestyle relay.

Jane Donahue led the team, setting two more state records. The Penn State commit stopped the clock in 2:05.69 to dominate the 200 IM. She won the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.61. Maddie Smith of Caldwell Academy was second (1:04.33).

Jane’s freshman sister Annie picked up two bronze medals. She finished in 1:03.30 in the 100 butterfly. Their teammate Hoffman won the event in 57.72. St. David’s Annie Mears finished second (1:01.95). Annie Donahue and freshman teammate Lamoreux went 2-3 in the 100 backstroke in times of 1:00.86 and 1:01.90. The O’Neal School’s Elizabeth Henry set a state record in that event with a 57.44.

Henry finished third in the 50 freestyle (24.61). That event was won by Smith (23.88). Sandwhiched between the two was Rocky Mount Academy’s Kayla Miller (24.38). Miller then won the 100 freestyle in 53.12, out touching Carolina Day School’s Madeleine Bauer (53.13). O’Neal’s Hannah Burns (53.56) was third. Bauer won the 200 freestyle in 1:54.72. Her eighth grade sister Katie touched second (1:58.82), just faster than Burns (1:58.98).

Carolina Day’s Olivia Sutter won the 500 freestyle by nearly 10 seconds with a 5:05.53. Hoffman was runner up (5:14.60). Katie Bauer completed the podium (5:17.97).

St. David’s’ Mears, Madeline RossSarah Spencer Ball, and Mary Jeanne Hipp were victorious in the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:43.61.

Following their female teammates, Christ the King’s Alex AdamsBen DuckworthAlex Koenigsberger, and Keenan Burgess also started the meet with a state record, stopping the clock in 1:39.28 in the 200 medley relay. Adams was victorious individually with a 52.08 100 butterfly, just faster than Statesville Christian’s Ethan Raub (52.16). Duckworth added an individual title with his minute breaking 59.52 in the 100 breaststroke.

Cary Christian’s CJ Van Vooren won the 200 freestyle in 1:45.13, just off the state record of 1:44.99. O’Neal senior Hans Johnson was second (1:46.22). Van Vooren returned for the 100 freestyle title (48.13).

Van Vooren then teamed up with Brian HollisRyan Koluch, and Brandon Koluch to win the 200 freestyle relay in a state record time of 1:30.64.

Nathaniel Hartley of Gaston Day School set a 200 IM state record with a 1:54.86. The podium was all seniors as Zachery Lorch of the Woodlawn School (1:56.62) and Riley Mears of St. David’s (1:57.27) finished second and third. Meats edged Burgess for the 500 freestyle, 4:46.49 to 4:49.54. Hartley picked up his second win and state record of the day with a 50.19 100 backstroke.

Kyle McClelland of the O’Neal School won the 50 freestyle (22.29), just faster than Duncan Charboneau (22.39) from Carolina Friends.

Christ the King ended the meet where they started it, with a winning and state record setting 400 freestyle relay team. Adams, Duckworth, Koenigsberger, and Burgess posted a 3:18.42.

Full results available here.

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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