Pine Lake Prep swimming Allyson Accordino

Pine Lake Prep’s Allyson Accordino reacts after she completes the 100-yard freestyle in which she took gold in the 1A/2A West Regional Championships.

CHARLOTTE – The Pine Lake Prep boys swim team are champions of the 1A/2A West Regional after edging out Lincoln Charter 293-273. And Allyson Accordino led the Pride girls to a second-place finish.

AJ Das and Nathan Adams each had big days for the Pride at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center Friday, Feb. 1. The pair finished one-two in the 100-yard freestyle and were also part of the first-place 400 freestyle relay.

Das was also first in the 50 freestyle, as Adams finished second in the 200 freestyle.

The Pine Lake 200 freestyle relay team was second to Community School of Davidson, and the 200 medley relay was third behind CSD and Lake Norman Charter.

Diving continued to be a strong suit for the Pride as Austin Campbell took gold, with a second-place score by teammate Kolbein Bjugan.

The senior Accordino went 4-for-4 in claiming gold medals. She was the individual champion in both the 50 and 100 freestyle, the latter of which she won on a tiebreaker with teammate Rachel Daly. Then Accordino joined Daly, Campbell Cupples and Regan Sullivan to win the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

Daly easily won the 200 freestyle, finishing 7.5 seconds ahead of the second-place swimmer.

Langtree Charter’s Joslyn Oakley was her school’s lone representative, but she took gold in the girls diving competition. Pride divers Jade Canady and Bria Biorio took the next two medal-earning spots.

Lake Norman Charter was the girls regional champion with 361.5 points.

Lake Norman relays shine

The Lake Norman girls took third in both the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays in the 4A competition held Saturday, Feb. 2, finishing fourth overall.

Hanani Dona, Emma Stolberg, Gracie Steelhammer and Desirae Mangaoang comprised both relay teams. The Wildcats’ 400 freestyle relay team was sixth, also advancing to the state championship.

Two of Lake Norman’s divers, Morgan Skalsky and Madison Malec, tied for fifth with 354.6 points apiece.

Defending state champion Hough was first overall.

In the boys competition, Mooresville’s 400 freestyle relay team finished seventh to advance to states. Gabriel Warner tied for fifth in the 100 butterfly for the Blue Devils, who were ninth overall. South Meck took first.

State Diving Championships in Greensboro were scheduled to begin Wednesday, Feb. 6, with the 4A competition. The 1A/2A Men and Women will compete together Friday, with competition beginning at 1:45 p.m.

The Swimming Championships in Cary were set to begin Thursday, Feb. 7, with the 4A competition. The 1A/2A Championships will be held on Saturday. Competition will start with the preliminary heats being held at 9 a.m. each day. The finals of each championship will begin at 4:45 p.m. each day.


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