NC State Commit Jerry Fox Fires Off 19.88 50 Free At NCISAA D1 State Championships

2023 NCISAA Division 1 State Championships

Cary Academy senior Jerry Fox was among the top performers on Monday at the 2023 North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) Championships, sweeping his individual events with a shiny new personal best coming in the 50 freestyle.

Fox, who is committed to swim at NC State this coming fall, broke his NCISAA Meet Record of 20.45 from last year in the prelims, clocking 20.11, and then blasted his way to a time of 19.88 to obliterate the mark in the final.

That time dips under Fox’s previous best of 19.92, set at the TAC Titans Polar Plunge in January, and moves him into fifth among 17-year-old boys in the U.S. for the 2022-23 season.

Watch the swim below, courtesy of his father, David Fox, who was a 1996 Olympic gold medalist on the U.S. men’s 400 free relay.

Fox also won the 100 free in a time of 43.93, having broken a 19-year-old meet record of 44.50 in the prelims with his time of 44.14.

Fox, who trains with the TAC Titans in club swimming, owns a best time of 43.73 set at Winter Juniors – East in December.

Fox also anchored the Cary Academy to victory in the 200 free relay, as the team of William Corkey (21.79), Alex Rousseau (22.22), Cade Reading (22.39) and Fox (19.58) combined to break the meet record by 13 one-hundredths in a time of 1:25.98.

In the 400 free relay, Fox anchored in 43.41 as Cary (3:07.14) took second to Charlotte Latin (3:05.18), which smashed the meet record by more than three seconds.


Charlotte Latin ultimately emerged with the boys’ team title by a wide margin, repeating as team champions by putting up 393.5 points to outpace runner-up Cary Academy (326).

Leading the way for the Charlotte Latin boys was sophomore Norvin Clontz, who won the 200 free (1:38.55) and 500 free (4:26.44), with his personal bests sitting at 1:37.28 and 4:19.43, respectively.

Another standout was Providence Day sophomore Granger Bartee, who won the 100 back in a personal best time of 48.11 and added a second PB in the 100 free (44.78), finishing as the runner-up to Fox.

Bartee, 16, came into the meet with bests of 48.39 in the 100 back and 45.30 in the 100 free. He now ranks 65th all-time in the boys’ 15-16 age group in the 100 back, and his time also undercut the Meet Record of 48.91 set by Cam Abaqueta in 2020.

Team Scores – Boys

  1. Charlotte Latin School, 393.5
  2. Cary Academy, 326
  3. Ravenscroft School, 251
  4. Durham Academy, 217
  5. Charlotte Country Day School, 207


Durham Academy senior and UC San Diego commit Eva Boehlke was the top performer on the girls’ side, sweeping the 100 back (54.29) and 200 IM (2:00.52) while adding a personal best time of 51.85 in the 100 free leading off the team’s 400 free relay.

Boehlke, 18, also smashed her previous best in the 100 back by well over two seconds, having been 55.64 two weeks prior at the TISAC Conference Championships.

Zetta Grace Bartee, a Providence Day freshman, had two wins of her own in the 200 free (1:50.07) and 100 fly (54.44), resetting her best times in both. The 15-year-old’s previous best times stood at 1:50.97 and 55.22, respectively.

In the 100 fly, Bartee knocked .01 off the State Record of 54.45 set by Boehlke last year.

The Cary Academy girls won a repeat title, led by Carolin He, who won the 100 breast (1:04.06) and placed third in the 200 IM, and Louisa Wendt, who had a pair of top-five finishes in the 50 free (23.97) and 100 free (52.53).

Team Scores – Girls

  1. Cary Academy, 345
  2. Charlotte Country Day School, 293
  3. Charlotte Latin School, 291
  4. Durham Academy, 241
  5. Providence Day School, 164

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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