RALEIGH — In recent years, the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference swim championship has had the same winners. That trend continued Tuesday as Ravenscroft’s girls and Cary Academy’s boys won their third and fifth consecutive league titles, respectively.
Host Ravenscroft held a steady lead throughout the girls competition, totaling 170 points, followed by Cary Academy (133), North Raleigh Christian (71), Durham Academy (55) and Saint Mary’s (53).
Cary Academy outlasted its opponents in a back-and-forth finish, totaling 145 points to best North Raleigh Christian (128), Durham Academy (109) and Ravenscroft (44) in the boys competition.
“We didn’t know what we were going to have this year going in simply because we lost so much quality last year, but they’ve worked really hard together and really come together as a good team. We knew it was going to be very close with Durham Academy and North Raleigh Christian. They’re all quality teams, so they knew they had to battle all day long, and luckily today we came out on top.”
Cary Academy’s Michael Todd took the team’s two lone individual event wins (200-yard freestyle in 1:51.70 and 500-yard freestyle in 5:02.30) , and the Chargers 400-yard freestyle relay team (Andrew Hamrick, Sebastian Kettner, Yujian Tang and Todd) closed the tournament with a win in 3:34.08.
Durham Academy’s Trey Harris, winner of the 100-yard butterfly in 53.13 seconds, and 200-yard individual medley in 1:59.47, was named Most Outstanding Swimmer among the boys.
Durham’s Nathan Greeley won the 100-yard freestyle (51.47) and 100-yard backstroke (55.26).
Durham Academy (Michael Li, James Grubbs, Greeley and Harris) won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:33.46.
North Raleigh Christian (Carson Crisp,Chase Binion, Sawyer Pollock and James Oden) won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:47.79. Binion won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:05.42, and Alec Sitton won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.96.
“In the girls competition, Ravenscroft is one of the top teams in the state,” Jones said. “They won the (NCISAA) state meet by over 70 points last year and beat us by over 80 points in the conference last year, so for us to come within almost 35 points, we’re happy with that, and we have some young quality swimmers gearing up to hopefully chase them down one day.”
The Ravens have their sites set on another N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A title. To do so, Ravenscroft coach Greg Warren had the team focus on relays.
“Today what I wanted to try to do is win the three relays that we have,” Warren said. “We have good talent, but we also have some pretty good depth. If we can win two out of the three relays, we’re in a good position to win the conference championship, and it’s the same way for states, so that was one of my main goals.”
Ravenscroft won all three relays, and all but one event in the girls competition.
Claire Fuscoe, named Most Outstanding Swimmer, won the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.18) and 100-yard freestyle (54.99).
Chloe Mikles won the 50-yard freestyle (23.34) and 500-yard freestyle (5:23.96), Madeline High won the 100-yard butterfly (58.92) and 100-yard backstroke (1:01.14), and Kaitlin Ramsden won the 200-yard individual medley (2:23.82).
The Ravens’ 200-yard medley relay team (Ramsden, Grace Bergstrom, High and Mikles) won in 1:56.41, 200-yard freestyle relay team (High, Brittani Bryan, Bergstrom and Fuscoe) won in 1:46.72, and 400-yard freestyle relay team (Ramsden, Mikles, Bryan and Fuscoe) won in 3:52.76.
Cary Academy’s Gabrielle McArdle won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:13.15.
“I think we swam well as a team,” Warren said. “Even the kids that didn’t score in the top eight, I was really happy with how they improved. ... It’s going to be interesting. We won (the state title) by so much last year, but anything can happen at states, and our girls are really excited.”
The NCISAA championship is scheduled for Feb. 17 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.