East Chapel Hill, which has never lost a duel meet to a Piedmont Athletic Conference opponent, continued its string of victories with Tuesdays 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. Easts 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 its a novice or championship swimmer, from any team we swim during our season.
East Chapel Hills 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.
Northerns 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 dont 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 Hills 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).
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