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This weekend the North Carolina High School Athletic Association will crown three state champions. The 1A/2A meet will take place on Friday. In 2017 the women from Pine Lake Prep and the men from Washington took home the state titles.
Defending 200 freestyle champion Lyndsey Reeve of Croatan is the top seed in the event. Last year she was followed closely by Raleigh Charter’s Sydney Willis. Willis is entered fourth this year, but has yet to near her best time, through the Regional competition.
Willis won the 500 freestyle last year. She’s seeded third, but last year’s winning time would put her well ahead of others’ entry times. After finishing second in the 500 free last year, Reeve has switched to the 100 butterfly this year, where she has the fastest entry time.
Comm. Davidson’s Emme Nelson has the top seed in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. Wilkes Central’s Sarah Olson also has two top seeds. The junior will be looking to complete the sprint freestyle double.
Defending champion, Salisbury’s Kathryn Morrison, has the fastest entry in the 100 back. She’s also second seed in the 100 fly.
Pine Lake Prep has the fastest times in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. The top seed in the 200 medley relay belongs to Lake Norman Charter.
Croatan looks to make a mark on the state meet this year, holding the top seed in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay. The school’s senior John David McCray is the second seed in the 200 free, just behind North Davidson senior John Day. Day has an interesting event pairing, swimming the 50 freestyle where he is also the top seed. East Carteret freshman Jackson Nowacek is the fastest entrant in the 100 free.
McCray is also the 500 free second seed. There Newton-Conover’s Ross Dant leads the way by 11 seconds. The junior and NC State commit is also entered in the 100 backstroke where he is the second seed.
Croatan has a top seed in James Reindl. The senior leads the way in the 100 breaststroke, just a tenth faster than Raleigh Charter’s Jason Starbuck. Reindl is entered second in the 200 IM, just tenths behind Lincoln Charter’s Zach Whipple.
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