New Class Record for Emme Nelson; Carrboro Sweeps Relays to Win North Carolina Girls 1-2A State Championships

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The 2019 North Carolina High School Girls’ State Swimming and Diving 1-2A State Championships took place on Saturday, February 9 at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, N.C.

Community School of Davidson’s Emme Nelson highlighted the meet as she set a new 1-2A class record in the 200 IM and was awarded the meet’s Most Outstanding Swimmers while Carrboro was named the overall team champions.

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Complete team scores are not available at this time.

The meet began as Carrboro’s 4×50 medley relay squad of Kate Hegland (25.90), Audrey Costley (31.01), Lindy Bilden (26.21) and Anneliese Merry (24.12) combined to post a four-second victory in 1:47.24 ahead of Lincoln Charter (1:51.29) and Christ the King (1:51.68).

Hegland (24.37), Bilden (25.00), Paloma Baca (24.55) and Emily Carpenter (24.09) gave Carrboro their second relay victory after winning the 4×50 free relay in 1:38.01. Pine Lake Prep (1:38.84) was second and Lake Norman Charter (1:40.49) finished third.

It was a close 200 free battle, and ultimately Croatan’s Lyndsey Reeve, who has committed to Penn, came out on top in 1:50.52. Closely following her was Bradford Prep’s Summer Eaker in 1:50.74 and Salisbury’s Emily Knorr in 1:50.86.

Knorr later went on to win the 500 free in 4:52.73, a four-second victory. Eaker finished in 4:56.94 as the only other swimmer in the field under the five-minute barrier while Carpenter took third in 5:01.68.

Nelson had an impressive 200 IM: she won in 2:00.70, setting a new Class 1A/2A mark after crushing her old record of 2:02.01 from last year. Lincoln Charter’s Chloe Harris was second in 2:03.27 followed by Salisbury’s Katie Knorr in 2:07.68 for third.

Ally Accordino of Pine Lake Prep splashed-and-dashed her way to a win in the 50 free, stopping the clock in a quick 23.66. Wilkes Central’s Sarah Olson (23.71) and NC School of Science and Math’s Melody Wen (23.75) finished second and third, respectively.

It was deja-vu on top of the podium in the 100 free: Accordino’s second individual gold of the night came in the 100 free, where she posted a time of 51.09. Again following her was Olson (51.51) and Wen (52.77).

Chase’s Jenna Bridges flew to the top spot in the 100 fly, getting her hands to the wall first in 55.84. Harris again placed second in 56.03 as Christ the King’s Amanda Hoffman wound up third in 56.29.

After leading off two winning relays, Hegland earned her first individual gold in the 100 back with a final time of 56.68. First Flight’s Cecilia Cortez finished second in 57.22 and Lake Norman Charter’s Ariel Hopper raced to third in 57.70.

Nelson followed up her 200 IM win with another victory in the 100 breast: her winning time of 1:02.58 was four-tenths shy of the class mark of 1:02.18. Second went to Jordan-Matthews’ Jennah Fadely (1:06.04) and third went to Union Academy’s Kelsi Hill (1:06.73).

Langtree Charter’s Joslyn Oakley dove to first on the 1-meter board after posting a final score of 472.60. Second went to Jade Canady of Pine Lake Prep with 327.35 points and third belonged to Tatum Lorch of Christ the King with a final score of 321.05.

Carrboro swept all three relays as they concluded the meet with a 4×100 free relay victory as Carpenter (5289), Costley (53.54), Baca (54.42) and Merry (52.80) touched in 3:3365. Pine Lake Prep finished second in 3:37.90 as Lincoln Charter completed the top three in 3:41.34.

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