The girls of Charlotte Catholic won their 14th straight high school state title in North Carolina, getting wins from Nora McCullagh and Becca Postoll.
Charlotte Catholic has now won titles in three different state classes. They won the first 1A/2A title in 2002, when the state first split into three classes, then won three more years there before moving up to 3A. 8 more consecutive state titles later, the team moved up to 4A in 2014, winning their first title in the state’s biggest class.
This year made it back-to-back 4A titles with a 44-point win over William A. Hough.
The boys side, meanwhile, was a nailbiter, with South Mecklenburg barely holding on for the win by two points over Green Hope.
Full results are available on Meet Mobile.
Charlotte Catholic rolled to title #14 on an undefeated night from Nora McCullagh. The current SwimMAC-er and future Texas Longhorn won the 50 free and 100 back, though she couldn’t quite match her own 2014 state records in either event.
McCullagh was 22.93 to win the 50 by a tenth, just .05 off her state record. In the 100 back, her 54.19 was just over half a second off her 2014 record, but still topped the field by a full second.
Also winning for Charlotte Catholic was Michigan commit Becca Postoll, who took the 500 free in a timed final in the morning. Postoll was 4:47.02, beating Hough’s Erika Brown by about four and a half seconds.
Brown set the meet’s first state record in finals, though, going 1:46.47. That knocked her former Hough teammate Jessica Merritt off the books – Merritt’s old record was 1:47.37.
Two more class 4A and overall state records fell during the meet. First was diver Kristen Hayden of Panther Creek, who scored 507.55 on 1-meter to become the state’s first diver ever over the 500-point barrier. Then Roberson’s Alyssa Arwood cracked the 100 breast mark with a 1:02.10, just barely squeaking under the 1:02.17 set in 2010. Arwood is a Duke commit for next season.
Charlotte Catholic won a pair of relays to seal their team win. Erin McCullagh, Sara Stranick, Nora McCullagh and Postoll went 1:43.70 to win the 200 medley relay, getting a great back half from Nora McCullagh and Postoll. McCullagh was 24.77 on fly and Postoll 22.86 on freestyle, and the team just missed the state record by three tenths. Charlotte Catholic also went 1:33.68 to win the 200 free relay, though names and splits are unavailable on Meet Mobile. That time is just about four tenths off the team’s own state record from last year.
Hough’s Emily Allen won twice to earn her team second place. Allen was 49.85 to win the 100 free, two tenths off her own state record. The Tennessee Vol commit also anchored the winning 400 free relay, going 50.13 to help her Hough crew go 3:25.51 in the morning timed final.
Other event winners were Middle Pool’s Julia Poole in the 200 IM (2:00.75 and just two tenths off a state record) and Roberson’s Mary-O Soule in the 100 fly (55.73).
Top 5 Teams
- Charlotte Catholic – 298
- Hough – 254
- Grimsley – 167
- Green Hope – 160
- Roberson – 131
South Mecklenburg pulled out a narrow team win without winning a single event, a testament to the program’s depth.
The team did come very close to a title in the night’s opening event, the 200 medley relay. Anchor Graham Weaver rocked a 20.74 split, making up over a half second on the leaders from Reagan. Both programs challenged the state record, but it was Reagan that got the touch, going 1:33.51 to South’s 1:33.82. The old record was 1:33.67.
On the new record-setting relay for Reagan were Levente Bathory, Paul Neil, Matthew Regan and Noah Medwin.
Neil would go on to win the 100 breaststroke individually, putting up a 57.36.
Cary’s Justin Ress was named Swimmer of the Meet after winning two events. Ress took the 500 free during timed finals in the morning session (4:29.08), just outlasting Hough’s Trey Poff. Ress and Poff will be teammates at NC State next season. Ress came back at night to win the 200 IM in 1:49.36 over Myers Park’s Jackson Smith.
Poff and Smith both went on to win individual events of their own. Poff took the 200 free (1:39.65) and Smith won the 100 fly (49.63).
Green Hope nearly caught South Mecklenburg for the team title. Alexander Carson won the 100 free for Green Hope in 45.54, and then the team’s 200 free relay also triumphed with a 1:25.02, getting a 20.59 split from Carson. South Mecklenburg was third in that race.
Green Hope was also second in the 400 free relay at 3:09.00, with South Mecklenburg back in 5th. But that wasn’t quite enough to put Green Hope over the top, and South took the team title 232 to 230.
That 400 free relay went to Ress and Cary High, which went 3:07.22 on a 44.51 anchor leg from Ress.
Other individual winners included Ragsdale’s Henry McGugan in the 50 free (21.00), Panther Creek’s Connor Callahan in diving (533.05) and Athens Drive’s Tyler Silver in the 100 back (50.27).
Top 5 Teams
- South Mecklenburg – 232
- Green Hope – 230
- Reagan – 216
- Cary – 183
- Hough – 161