Weddington Sets Class Record, Charlotte Catholic Wins North Carolina Girls 3A State Championships

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The 2019 North Carolina High School Girls’ State Swimming and Diving 3A State Championships took place on Friday, February 8 at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, N.C.

Charlotte Catholic earned the team title with a final score of 267, edging out Weddington (263) by four points. Weddington’s 4×50 free relay also set a new 3A mark. Marvin Ridge’s Ellie VanNote was named Most Outstanding Swimmer for her two-win performance.

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Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Charlotte Catholic – 267
2. Weddington – 263
3. Marvin Ridge – 215
4. Cuthbertson – 177
5. Northern Guilford – 135

Charlotte Catholic’s Madeline Menkhaus (26.67), Mattie McFee (30.66), Victoria Dichak (26.09) and Olivia Rhodes (23.91) opened the meet with an excting and close win in the 4×50 medley relay, combining for a time of 1:47.33. Weddington took second in 1:47.56 and Cuthbertson was third in 1:47.85.

Chapel Hill’s Clara Tate dove to first on the 1-meter board, finishing first with a total score of 418.64. S Guilford’s Katelyn Cook finished second with 404.60 points while N Guilford’s Jessica Paul placed third with a score of 398.95.

VanNote cruised to first in the 200 free, winning the event in 1:48.65 as the only swimmer in the field under the 1:50 mark. JH Rose’s Madeline Smith raced to second in 1:50.76 and N Guilford’s Maura Schoppa finished third in 1:52.10.

Weddington’s Maddy Flickinger powered home to a win in the 200 IM, taking gold by four seconds with a final time of 2:02.23. Silver went to Menkhaus in 2:06.17 and TC Roberson’s Grace Reeder grabbed bronze in 2:07.09.

Weddington’s Katie Corbi led the charge of the top three swimmers under the 24-second barrier, finding herself on top of the podium in a quick 23.56. Charlotte Catholic’s Alina Stout (23.72) and Olivia Rhodes (23.85) rounded out the top three.

For the second time of the day VanNote found herself with the gold medal, this time in the 100 fly in 53.92. Her time was just shy of the 3A record of 53.84 set last year. Menkhaus again took second in 55.58 and third belonged to Cuthbertson’s Jordan Browning in 56.23.

After placing second in the 200 free, Smith redeemed herself for the win in the 100 free, powering home to the gold in 50.83. Not too far behind her was Corbi in 50.95 while Stout finished third in 51.58.

Eastern Alamance’s Sophia Lange grabbed a win in the 500 free with a final time of 5:02.02, a 13-second drop from her seed time. St. Stephens’ Nina Turcanu was close behind in 5:02.98 for second and Charlotte Catholic’s Sophia Gornet wound up third in 5:04.46.

Weddington’s Flickinger (23.21), Kylie Yoder (23.65), Kelsey Tolchin (24.20) and Corbi (23.33) combined to win the 4×50 free relay in 1:34.39 in record-setting fashion: the relay quartet broke the 3A state record of 1:35.00 set back in 2013 by Charlotte Catholic.

Right after helping her relay team to victory and a new class mark, Flickinger was back in the water to claim her second individual win of the day in the 100 back. Her wining time of 55.05 was ahead of Piedmont’s Ava Yandle (56.12) and Browning (56.78).

Parkwood’s Kaylee Hamblin got her hands to the wall the fastest in the 100 breast, stopping the clock in 1:02.79. Isabelle Gaskey of Central Cabarrus (1:04.91) and Kenzie Cresci of South Iredell (1:05.19) finished second and third, respectively.

Weddington’s Flickinger (50.95), Ashley Martinson (53.78), Yoder (51.92) and Corbi (50.91) concluded the meet by winning the 4×100 free relay in 3:27.56. Charlotte Catholic was second in 3:29.63 and Marvin Ridge was third in 3:34.32.