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February 3, 2014 

Wildcat swimmers break records to win regional title

East Chapel Hill swimmers had a banner day at the NCHSAA Central Regional last weekend in Greensboro, where senior Koya Osada and junior Michael Wohl both set meet records and helped the Wildcat relay teams set two more along with teammates Liam McCullough, Oliver Hudgins and Bijan Zakerin.

They helped East amass 294 points to win the regional’s team title Saturday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Pfafftown Reagan was second with 274 points and Greensboro Grimsley third with 257.

East Chapel Hill’s finished third in the girls’ standings with 271.5 points, close behind first-place Grimsley (298 points) and runner-up West Forsyth (288). CeCe Marzinsky (100 butterly) and Morgan Smith (100 free) each earned a third place for East’s girls.

East Chapel Hill coach Lyn Smith was pleased that East Chapel Hill’s men and women combined for the most points (565) overall, edging past Grimsley (559) and Reagan (500.

Osada smashed his own 2013 meet record (1:53.77) in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:50.52. He later repeated as champion in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 49.41 seconds, breaking the record (50.88) set Chapel Hill’s Jeff James in 2006.

Wohl broke the 200 freestyle record (1:43.07) set by East’s Chapel Hill’s David Williams in 2011 by clocking in at 1:42.95. Wohl also won the 100 free in 47.47.

Osada swam the lead-off leg and Wohl the anchor for East’s record-setting 200 medley relay, which included McCullough and Hudgins. Their time of 1:37.05 topped the 1:37.7 record set by Durham Riverside in 2002.

Wohl was lead-off in the final 400 free relay, followed by Zakerin, Hudgins and Osada. They slashed seconds off the previous record (3:14.78 by Chapel Hill in 2006) with their winning time of 3:09.91.

East James Hill sophomore James Brady finished second in the men’s 1-meter diving with 451.75 points. PAC-6 champion Aaron Daniels-Freeman of Riverside won the Central Regional title with 501.60 points.

Jaguars win Mid-State wrestling championship

Carrboro won the 2014 Mid-State Conference wrestling championship last weekend after winning five hastily scheduled dual-team matches.

Because of weather issues during the preceding week, the conference was forced to change the format from a true playoff tournament to the round-robin duals, Carrboro coach Dwight Driscoll noted.

The Jaguars went 5-0: defeating Graham 64-12; Barlett Yancey 78-6; Reidsville 74-6; Jordan Matthews 72-12 and Burlington Cummings 52-21 (avenging a loss to Cummings earlier in the year.)

All 13 of Carrboro's available starters finished in the top three of their weight class, and nine Jaguars went 5-0: Otto Wolin (106); Hserti Ya (113); George Carpenter (120); Stephen Dreher (126); Trenton Davis (132); Keegan Cordell (138); Maxim Gaut (182); Carson McKay (195) and Magnus Herweyer (220).

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