CARY — Green Hope claimed both the boys and girls Southwest Wake Athletic Conference swimming championships Saturday, and they pulled off the sweep thanks to MVP performances.
The Falcon girls, who finished second in the state last year but didn’t win the conference title, were eager to claim the SWAC title behind senior Hannah Moore.
The boys, who hope to repeat the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A state championship in two weeks, were led by sophomore Jonathan Glavich en route to their sixth straight conference title.
“I think with this team now, we have a lot more experience,” than last year, Glavich said. “I think we’re going to be in the conversation to win states.”
Glavich and Moore took home four gold medals, earning MVP honors for the second year in a row (Glavich was a co-conference MVP last year).
“It’s an honor every time,” Moore said. “I wouldn’t want to be in any other conference. This is the best conference and winning this award is very special every year.”
Any individual conference title can’t be taken for granted in the SWAC. Two defending state champions failed to win gold in their championship events.
Falcon boys win big in relays
The biggest strength for the Green Hope boys was their relays, winning all three.
The 200-yard medley relay team of Glavich, Henry Hollinshead, Atalay Onol and Seth Maslowski crushed the field (1:37.90).
In the 200 freestyle relay, it was Alex Carson, Stephen Hollinshead, Chris Daniels and Maslowski (1:29.33). The Falcons’ Onol, Glavich, Carson and Stephen Hollinshead won the 400 free relay (3:15.25).
Green Hope had four individual winners as well. Onol took the 200 freestyle (1:44:13), Carson won the 100 free (48.03) and Glavich won the 100 butterfly (51.22) and 200 IM (1:52.74), the latter coming against defending state champion Colin Ellington of Holly Springs.
Ellington, last year’s 4A championship MVP, took the 50 free (21.18), the event where he set a new state record last year.
Cary’s Justin Ress won the 500 free (4:40.79), edging last year’s state champ Jamison Hauser of Panther Creek.
Athens Drive’s Tyler Silver took the 100 backstroke (52.03) and Apex’s Brayden Lauffer won the 100 breaststroke (59.61).
Holly Springs' Andrew Capobianco won the diving competition held Friday night at N.C. State. Athens Drive coach Mike Morey was named the SWAC boys coach of the year.
Moore, Rubendall lead girls
Moore won the 500 free (4:54.08) by a little more than 14 seconds. She also won the 100 backstroke (56.98). Teammate Brooke Rubendall took the 200 freestyle (1:54.14), edging Athens Drive’s Florida State recruit Cameron Brown by less than sixth tenths of a second.
Cary had two individual winners in Megan Owens taking the 100 butterfly (57.52) and Christine Kerr winning the 100 free (52.87).
Cary kept Green Hope from sweeping the relays by winning the 200 medley relay (1:49.75) thanks to Owens, Kerr, Elena Adcock and Basira Knight.
Middle Creek’s Julia Poole won the 200 IM by a wide margin (2:06.45), Panther Creek’s Haley Bishop won the 50 free (24:46) and Apex’s Claire Williams edged Poole by one one-hundreth of a second in taking the 100 breaststroke (1:06.88).
Green Hope’s 200 freestyle relay of Rubendall, Samantha Medlin, Christiana Cornea and Emily Etgen (1:40.01) won by a little more than two-tenths over Cary.
In the 400 freestyle relay, it was Rubendall, Cornea, Moore and Jenny Nusbaum combining for the win (3:36.54).
Green Hope’s Mackenzie Michael won the diving competition on Friday. The SWAC girls coach of the year was Panther Creek’s Larry Umberger.
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