CARY – Emme Nelson from Community School of Davidson increased her state title total to six and was the Most Outstanding Performer in the 1A/2A state swimming championship – for the third consecutive year.
The junior set a new classification meet record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 0.70 seconds at the Triangle Aquatic Center Saturday, Feb. 9. That time bested the time she set last year of 2:02.01. Nelson also brought home the top spot in the 100 breaststroke as she finished the event in 1:02.58.
“She had some great competition in both events,” CSD coach Jeff Patterson said Monday. “I think she surprised herself. She had a heck of a swim.”
CSD freshman Baylor Nelson, Emme’s brother, broke a 1A/2A classification meet record in the 200 individual medley. Nelson finished in 1:50.59, out-touching the previous mark of 1:52.27, and the second-place swimmer Saturday by more than 4 seconds.
He was second in the 100 butterfly with a personal-best time, 1 second behind champion Thomas Hamlet of Bishop McGuinness, an N.C. State commit.
The regional champion team of Wilson MacIntyre, Matty Burrows and Baylor Nelson finished fourth in the 200 freestyle relay and second in the 200 medley relay.
CSD’s girls finished eighth, as the boys were ninth.
Lake Norman Charter
The Lake Norman Charter girls were the runners-up, as Ariel Hopper and Mattie Luther each had two top-10 finishes. Hopper was third in the 100 backstroke and seventh in the 100 butterfly, while Luther was sixth and eighth in those events. Jennifer Schimmoller was 10th in the 500 freestyle.
The 200 freestyle relay team of Hopper, Luther, Riggan Ayscue and Anna Rubel was third. Hopper, Schimmoller, Luther and Rubel were fourth in the 400 freestyle relay, and Ayscue was sixth in the 100 breaststroke.
LNC’s Harrison Powe led the Knights with a third-place finish in the 100 breaststroke and was fourth in the 100 freestyle. Teammate Sean O’Dell was fifth in the 1-meter diving competition, as the Knights were 12th overall.
Christ the King
Christ the King’s girls, the champions of the 1A/2A Central Regional, were fourth as a team. They got a third-place finish from its 200 medley relay team of Annie Donahue, Maranda Patterson, Amanda Hoffman and Jordan Lamoreux. Lamoreux also was fifth in the 50 freestyle and ninth in the 500 freestyle.
Tatum Lorch was third in 1-meter diving, as teammate Bethany Jackson finished seventh. Hoffman finished third in the 100 butterfly, narrowly missing a silver medal, and was seventh in the 500 freestyle. Hoffman, Kaylee Mosher, Donahue and Lamoreux had a sixth-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay.
Tim Connery was the champion of the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.49.
The Crusaders’ boys, regional runners-up, also finished third in the 200 medley relay behind the team of Tim Connery, Ben Duckworth, Matthew Zagar and Tommy McNamee. Duckworth was sixth in the 100 breaststroke and eighth in the 200 individual medley. Zagar, Charlie Merryman, McNamee and Connery combined for eighth in the 200 freestyle relay.
CTK finished fourth in the team standings.