Green Hope boys and girls win 4A East Regional swim titles

CorrespondentFebruary 3, 2014 

Holly Springs' Colin Ellington turns to look at his 50 freestyle time in the SWAC championships on Jan. 25.

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— Throughout Hannah Moore’s high school swimming career, the Green Hope senior and 2013 USA Junior Winter Nationals champion posted victories by double-digits in seconds that dropped jaws among parents in the stands unaware of her college and Olympic potential.

Moore added another title in the 500-yard freestyle, her specialty, in the NCHSAA 4A East Regional Saturday night at the Triangle Aquatics Center in Cary. She dropped 2.23 seconds from her best time of the season to finish in 4 minutes, 51.74 seconds.

In the team races, Green Hope mathematically clinched sweeping the boys’ and girls’ team regional titles, even though the diving competition was held on Monday. Green Hope’s leads are too big to overcome.

“I thought we had a phenomenal meet,” Green Hope coach Lauren Nosal said. “We had a lot of people step up and drop times.”

The Michigan-bound Moore, the only girls double-winner on the day. She won the 100-yard backstroke in 56.36 and swam legs on the 400-yard freestyle relay that placed first and the 200 medley relay that finished second.

In the boys’ team race, Green Hope has an overwhelming advantage with 358 points to 261.5 by Greenville Rose. Cary’s boys were third (195) and Apex was fifth (168.5).

In the girls’ team race, Green Hope has 369 points to SWAC rival Apex’s 344. The top five were all SWAC teams, including No. 3 Cary (182), No. 4 Middle Creek (154) and No. 5 Panther Creek (150).

Apex did not have an individual winner, but other SWAC teams did.

Moore was the regional meet’s only individual double winner among the girls, but a pair of boys won two events.

Green Hope sophomore Jonathan Glavich won the 200 IM (1:51.84) and the 100 backstroke (50.35).

Holly Springs senior Colin Ellington won the 50 free (20.96) and the 100 free (46.17).

Green Hope’s other winner was sophomore Brooke Rubendall in the girls’ 200 free (1:52.99),

Cary had two winners with junior Christine Kerr in the girls 100 free (52.40) and senior Basira Knight in the girls’ 100 breast (1:05.66).

Panther Creek had two gold medalists with junior Haley Bishop in the girls 100 butterfly (56.85) and junior Jamison Hauser in the boys 500 free (4:38.29).

Middle Creek freshman Julia Poole won the girls 200 IM (2:05.63) and Athens Drive sophomore Tyler Silver won the boys 100 backstroke (51.80).

The top eight in each boys’ and girls’ event advanced to the 4A state finals, which also will be held at Cary’s TAC Friday with diving on Thursday.

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