CHARLOTTE – The Providence girls and South Meck boys reigned supreme at the So. Meck 7 swimming and diving championships, which were the final tuneup before regional meets, which conclude Feb. 1.
The Panthers girls had to hold off a charge by the Sabres, but won the region by 11.5 points over South Meck while the South Meck boys dominated.
The Providence girls won the meet with 659 points and were followed by South Meck (648.5), Ardrey Kell (557.5), Olympic (135) and Berry (3).
The only event that did not fill its top three with swimmers and divers from South Meck, Ardrey Kell and Providence was the boys 500 freestyle, which was won by Olympic’s Jamison Rzepecki, who swam 4:42.05, missing the meet record by 0.04 seconds.
The girls were led by Laura Davis, who scored their only title by winning the 200 IM (2 minutes, 11.98 seconds).
Davis also took second in the 500 freestyle.
Lily Sanocki had a fantastic meet as well with individual runner-up finishes in the 200 IM and 100 breastroke.
Sanocki also appeared on a couple runner-up relays, teaming with Iris Yang, Claire Lyons and Lily Siemasko to place second in the 200 medley relay and partnered with Lene Garrison, Siemasko and Lyons to place second in the 200 freestyle relay.
Third-place finishers included Rhiannon Wozny (200 freestyle and 500 freestyle), Lene Garrison (50 freestyle), Kat Hite (1-meter diving) and Yang (100 freestyle).
In addition, Davis, Sarah DiPangrazio, Wozny and Yang placed third in the 400 freestyle relay.
South Meck girls
Katie Rauch, Reagan Johnson and Ellie Marquardt were the headliners for the Sabres as all three claimed individual and relay championships.
Marquardt was sensational, setting meet records in the 200 freestyle (1:51.53) and in the 100 freestyle (51.70).
Rauch won 500 freestyle in a new meet record time of 4:56.77 and won the individual backstroke title (57.81), missing the meet record by 0.04 seconds.
Johnson took first in the 100 breaststroke (106.80). She missed the meet record by 0.35 seconds, but beat the field by over two seconds.
The three were also in on conference championship relay teams as Rauch, Marquardt, Johnson and Brynn Martinson won the 200 medley relay (1:49.52); Ella Vendal, Haley Robinson, Johnson and Grace Brasher won the 200 freestyle relay (1:41.78); and Robinson, Rauch, Martinson and Marquardt set a new meet record (3:35.84) in the 400 freestyle relay.
Martinson (50 freestyle), Tenley Nystrom (1-meter diving) and Lyons (100 butterfly) picked up runner-up finishes while Johnson (200 individual medley) and Sarah DiPangrazio (100 butterfly) took third place in their events.
Ardrey Kell girls
Teresa Ivan won the 50 freestyle (24.54 seconds), Abby Mastrantoni took the 1-meter diving title (250.30), which won the field by nearly 75 points and Oceane Hangyas won the 100 butterfly (59.66) to pace the Knights.
Lexie Handlin (200 freestyle), Ivan (100 freestyle) and Emily Brown (100 backstroke) earned second-place finishes along with the 400 freestyle relay team of Handlin, Anna Zagora, Ivan and Gabriella Spina.
Handlin took third in the 100 backstroke and Hangyas was third in the 100 breaststroke joining a pair of third-place relay teams including the 200 medley relay (Handlin, Gabriella Spina, Hangyas and Ivan) and the 200 freestyle relay (Anna Zagora, Hangyas, Kali Cole and Brown).
On the boys side, South Meck ran away with the win, scoring 683 points. The Sabres were followed by Ardrey Kell (591), Providence (510), Olympic (222), Berry (8) and Harding (1).
South Meck boys
Luke Foster (1-meter diving, 317.80) and Garrett Boone (100 freestyle, 47.73) led a large contingent of Sabres who contributed to the win.
South Meck also won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:15.81 with Wesley Barnett, Logan Robinson, Boone and Jack Marquardt anchoring.
Second-place finishers included Boone (50 freestyle), Ethan Foster (1-meter diving), Vendal (100 freestyle) and Jack Marquardt (500 freestyle) along with the 200 medley relay team of Wesley Barnett, Boone, Vendal and Coleman McCreery.
Jack Marquardt (200 freestyle); Barnett (200 IM and 100 backstroke); Vendal (50 freestyle); McCreery (100 butterfly); Beckett Stillman (500 freestyle) all placed third in their events, joining the 200 medley relay (Barnett, Boone, McCreery and Vendal) and 200 freestyle relay (Vendal, McCreery, Jack Marquardt and Michael Brashear).
Ardrey Kell boys
Sean Teague led the way for the Knights by setting a new meet record in the 100 backstroke (52.27) and also winning the 50 freestyle (21.70).
Teague also teamed with Josh Fletcher, Jack Valiquette and Austin Cummings to win the 200 medley relay (1:38.40) and partnered with Jason Lee, Cummings and Leo Tutovani to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:29.44).
Lee (200 freestyle), Valiquette (200 IM and 100 breaststroke) and Fletcher (100 butterfly and 100 backstroke) all took home second-place finishes as did the 400 freestyle relay team of Lee, Tutovani, Fletcher and Valiquette.
David Schuster (1-meter diving), Cummings (100 freestyle) and Lee (100 breastroke) all placed third in their respective events.
Conall Monahan and Mason Harding led the Panthers.
Monahan dominated the 200 IM (1:54.66), which missed the meet record by 0.27 seconds and also won the 100 breastroke (59.46). Harding took first in the 100 butterfly and both played key roles in Providence’s relays.
Harding teamed with Owen Kirkpatrick, Mason and Luke Park to take second in the 200 freestyle relay while Harding, Park, Kirkpatrick and Monahan placed third in the 400 freestyle relay.