CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Latin boys snapped a string of six consecutive state championships last season with a narrow 7.5-point loss to Cary Academy. Ethan Bershad, Jackson Davis, Andy Dorsel, Stephen Kim, Kwame Thornhill and Leo Tutovani made sure they didn’t come in second place again.
And they did it in record fashion in the three relay events.
First, the 200 medley relay team of Davis, Kim, Dorsel and Tutovani swam 1:35.85, breaking a state record shared by the 2017 and 2019 Hawks teams by over a second.
The 200 freestyle relay team of Kim, Thornhill, Dorsel and Bershad next swam 1:27.23, a time which broke the state record by over a second.
Finally, the 400 freestyle relay team of Thornhill, Tutovani, Davis and Bershad swam 3:11.40, shattering the school record by nearly 2.5 seconds.
While the relays shined, the Hawks weren’t done making waves in the individual events.
Dorsel set a new meet and Latin record with his win in the 200 medley (1:51.03). Dorsel also took gold in the 100 butterfly.
Davis topped the podium in the 100 freestyle. He took second in the 50 freestyle.
Kim added a second-place swim in the 100 breaststroke (57.25) that set a new school record. He was fourth in the 100 freestyle.
Thornhill took second in the 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 200 freestyle.
Beshad placed third in the 500 freestyle and fifth in the 200 freestyle while Tutovani placed third in the 50 freestyle and fifth in the 100 freestyle.
The Hawks boys (369 points) edged Cary Academy (346) and were followed by Providence Day (192, fifth), Covenant Day (158, sixth), Country Day (109, seventh) and Charlotte Christian (24, 14th).
Here are some highlights from other south Charlotte teams:
– Covenant Day’s Max Phillips was third in the 100 freestyle and placed fourth in the 50 freestyle. Ben Bednar placed fifth in the 500 freestyle. Covenant Day placed fourth in the 400 freestyle relay (Phillips, Brayden Lauletta, Cole Walton and Bednar).
– Country Day’s Will Cooper took third in the 100 butterfly.
– Providence Day’s Axel Rokahr placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke. The Providence Day boys were fourth in the 200 freestyle relay (John Howard, Harris Warne, Steven James and Rokahr), fifth in the 200 medley relay (Colter Nichols, Axel Rokahr, Hudson Adams and Steven James) and fifth in the 400 freestyle relay (Howard, Nichols, Adams and Warne).
The Hawks girls placed seventh, but Indiana commit Lindsay Flynn was dominant in the sprint freestyles, winning both of her events by significant margins. She took gold in the 50 freestyle (22.92) and set a new school record in her 100 freestyle win (49.76), an event she won by nearly four seconds ahead of the field.
Maria Llerenas Soto placed fourth in the 200 freestyle and fifth in the 500 freestyle.
The Hawks also took fourth in the 400 freestyle relay (Flynn, Soto, Joise Harper and Hailey Kim) and fifth in the 200 freestyle relay (Soto, Kim, Harper and Flynn).
Overall, Cary Academy won the girls meet by a large margin. Country Day was sixth, Charlotte Latin seventh, Providence Day eighth and Covenant Day ninth to round out the top 10.
Other female swimmers to place top five at the NCISAA championship included:
– Country Day sophomore Hannah Bumgartner placed second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 200 freestyle.
– The Country Day girls were fourth in the 200 medley relay (Sophia Saxonhouse, Emma Hatlem, Julia McGovern and Hannah Baumgartner) and fifth in the 400 freestyle relay (McGovern, Skyla Kiang, Hatlem and Baumgartner).
– Providence Day’s Reagan McKeown was fourth in the 200 IM and fifth in the 50 freestyle. Teammate Sophie Bambauer placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke.
– Covenant Day’s Lawson Brantley was third in the 100 butterfly and third in the 500 freestyle while Kathryn Harding took fifth in the 100 breaststroke.