High School Swimming

East Chapel Hill swimmers swamp Orange, Northern

ewarnock@newsobserver.comJanuary 12, 2014 

East Chapel Hill, which has never lost a duel meet to a Piedmont Athletic Conference opponent, continued its string of victories with Tuesday’s sweep at Homestead Aquatic Center of PAC-6 member Northern Durham and nearby 3A rival Orange High School.

The Wildcat men won 138-32 against Orange, and 132-34 against Northern. East’s women defeated Orange 140-30 and Northern 140- 24.

East demonstrated its depth by winning the top three spots in all the relays except the 200 free, where the Wildcats won just the top two places. The ‘Cats finished 1-2-3 in most of the individual events.

“This meet was fun. It had lots of swimmers who practice together daily who got to compete against each other in a high school setting,” East Chapel Hill coach Lyn Smith said. “They always enjoy being on deck together.

“We have a very young team this season. We can always learn from each other – whether it’s a novice or championship swimmer, from any team we swim during our season.”

East Chapel Hill’s series of 1-2-3 finishes included the girls’ 50-, 100- and 500-yard freestyle, the 200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.

The Wildcat boys finished 1-2-3 in the 200 IM, the 100 fly, 100 back and 100 breaststroke.

Northern’s Connor Williams provided the Knights with their best moments, taking the 200-yard free with a time of 1:51.17 and the 500 free in 4:53.59.

“Connor Williams is a versatile student-athlete who has been training with Duke Aquatics for several years,” noted Northern coach Steve Buczynski.

Buczynski doubted any PAC-6 rival could derail East Chapel Hill. “I don’t think the conference is particularly strong this year,” he said.

And 3A Orange may have helped him make his case. The Panthers won one head-to-head against Northern: the men 105-55 and the Orange women 106-54.

East Chapel Hill double-winners included Cece Marzinky, who was first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:07.5 and in the 100 free in 58.42.

East Chapel Hill’s Morgan Smith won the 200 individual medley (2:17.99) and the 100 butterfly (1:00.54).

Liam McCullough led the East Chapel Hill males with wins in the 100 free (52.02) and the 100 yard breaststroke (1:04.64).

On Thursday at Homestead, Chapel Hill had an easy a time in dunking conference rivals Cedar Ridge and Northwood. Sophomore Claire DeSelm paced the Tigers with her wins in the 200 free (1:56.34) and 100 back (100.26), while teammate Kaitlin Jones won the 500 free (25.82) and the 100 fly (1:03.44).

Winning twice for the CHHS men, Jake Pudik was first in the 50 free (22.76) and 100 free (50.40), while Josh Taekman won the 200 free (1:51.34) and the 500 free (4:45.52).

W.E. Warnock: 919-932-8743

Chapel Hill News is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service