Briefly: Wildcats churn to another win

November 23, 2013 

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East Chapel Hill High’s Koya Osada, center, leads the Wildcat swim team’s cheer with lots of splashing and yells of “Go East!” just before the start of a dual meet Wednesday with Cedar Ridge at the Homestead Aquatic Center.

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Wildcats splash Cedar Ridge in season’s first meet

East Chapel Hill swept all the relays and won all but three of the individual events Wednesday as it opened its swimming season with a double-win over Cedar Ridge. The East girls swamped Cedar Ridge 180-90, and the East boys won by an even bigger margin, 210-62.

Becca Churchill provided two wins for Cedar Ridge, taking the 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke.

Multiple winners for the East girls were Cece Marzinsky (200 freestyle,100 butterfly) and Chelsea Yu (50 and 100 free). Individual winners included Morgan Smith (500 free) and ninth-grader Allison Lai (100 backstroke).

Liam McCullough (100 back, 100 breaststroke) led the East boys with double individual wins. Other Wildcats who won included: Michael Wohl (200 free); Koya Osada (200 individual medley); Conor Guest (50 free); James Gildard (500 free) and Oliver Hudgins (100 back).

Essey-Neville team takes fourth in CGA tournament

The redoubtable team of Chapel Hill’s Henry Essey and Gus Neville carded a 5-under-par 67 last Monday in Wilmington to earn fourth place in the CGA’s Carolinas Super Senior Four-Ball One-Day Tournament of Champions. Playing at the Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington, Essey and Neville shot 32 on the front nine and then coasted home with a 35 on the back, finishing one stroke in back of two teams from Guilford County that tied for second.

Arlis Pike and Lee Kiger of Kernersville won the Carolinas Golf Association’s TOC with an impressive 10-under-par 62.

NCHSAA expands indoor track championships

Another classified state championship is being added to the number offered by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

The numbers of schools with indoor track teams has grown to the point that the sport will move from two classifications to three for championships for the coming season.

There will be a separate 3-A championship for both women’s and men’s teams this year, so there will be 4-A, 3-A and 1-A/2-A meets for indoor track.

All of the championships will be held at JDL FastTrack in Winston-Salem. The scheduled date for the championship meets was Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, but with three different classifications now competing championships will now be held on both Friday and Saturday of that weekend. Final details and schedules are still being worked out by the NCHSAA.

“The number of schools offering indoor track has met our requirements to add another championship classification, which is why we are making the adjustment,” said NCHSAA commissioner Davis Whitfield. “However, we do have some work to do regarding how we will schedule these on that weekend..”

Local diver Elissa Dawson signed by North Carolina

Elissa Dawson of Chapel Hill is among the recent recruits signed by the University of North Carolina swimming and diving program. UNC coach Rich DeSelm calls her “ one of the best diving prospects in the country.”

“I chose UNC because it has everything I wanted in a school,” Dawson said. “I immediately felt welcomed by the swimming and diving team and cant wait to be coached by Abel Sanchez.

“The exercise & sport science program is one of the best in the country, and the minor in coaching education is ideal for me. Having family and friends who attend UNC makes Carolina already feel like home to me.”

Dawson won’t have to travel far to get to campus. She attends Reformation Academy Homeschool and competes for Duke Diving, where she is coached by UNC alumnus Nunzio Esposto.

“I think Elissa will make an immediate impact on our team at the ACC championships and on the national scene,” UNC diving coach Abel Sanchez said. “We have high hopes for her career here at UNC.”

Dawson is the only diver among the five men and six women signed by DeSelm this fall.

W.E. Warnock, The Chapel Hill News

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