Swimming: MacMillan, Bilden win state titles

CorrespondentFebruary 7, 2014 

— Raleigh Charter’s girls and N.C. Science and Math’s boys remained the best in the pool in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A/2A classification.

The Triangle schools repeated as 1A/2A state swimming and diving champions Thursday, winning convincingly at the Cary Aquatic Center.

The Raleigh Charter girls claimed their fourth straight state title, totaling 293 points. Lincoln Charter of Lincolnton was second (207.5), Carrboro third (151), Pine Lake Prep of Mooresville fourth (150) and N.C. Science and Math fifth (149).

“I don’t really have the words for it,” Raleigh Charter coach Matt Mosher said of this team’s state-title streak. “We knew it was a possibility but at the same time we were ready to work hard for it.

“Hard work gives good results. It was kind of nerve-racking there for a while to lose a relay right off the bat and lose 40 points.”

Carrboro sophomore Will Macmillan won two individual titles Thursday night as the Jaguars finished second in the men's meet.

Macmillan took top honors in the 100 free (in 46.35 seconds) and set a new 1-A/2-A record in the 200 individual medley in 1:52.53. He was named the mens meet Most Outstanding Swimmer.

“I couldn’t do it if there weren’t so many people cheering for me,” Macmillan said. “I just love swimming. I’m very proud of my team. We did great.”

Junior Thomas Bilden also was a winner for Carrboro, taking first in the 100 butterfly in 51.94.

The N.C. School of Science & Math scored 343 and won its second consecutive team championship. The Unicorns won both relays and got a single individual title from Jacob Vosburgh in the 500 freestyle.

Carrboro's 400 freestyle relay of Simon Deshusses, Bilden, Connor Murphy and Macmillan swimming anchor earned a second place.

Carrboro's women finished fourth in their 400 relay, with a team of Emily McDaniels, Leah Abrams, Katie Spang and Mia Morrell.

Morrell swam to the best individual finish of any of the Carrboro women, taking third in the 200 free in 1:54.82.

The women’s MVP was sophomore Alyssa Marsh of Pine Lake Prep, who won the 100 backstroke in an 1A/2A state record time of 54.86 and the 100 butterfly in 53.72 (an all-classification state record). Both times were automatic All-America times.

The 4A and 3A championships were held this weekend, too late for today's edition of the Chapel Hill News. See newsobserver.com for reports.

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