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Three More NCHSAA Titles for CHCCS

For a school year when the possibility of losing out on athletics altogether seemed very real, the sports programs at CHCCS high schools have been making their mark in state championships-- or perhaps better to say, making a splash. Three more North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) titles were added to the record books on February 11th and 12th.

Both the boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving teams from Carrboro High School (CHS) brought home state 1A/2A  titles, placing first overall, with several athletes from both teams placing in the top five in their events. From the boys’ 200-yard medley relay team, Will Thompson, Brandon Miller, Andrew Commins and Jackson Lee, won first place with a time of 1:36.04. In the 400 yard freestyle relay, Thompson, Miller and Commins, along with their teammate Kieran DeWalt, won first place after finishing the relay at 3:12.74. Lee also earned a Sportsmanship Award from the championship, along with fellow CHS swimmer, Elliot Hunsberger. 

The women’s team earned three first place finishes. Lindy Bilden completed the 50-yard freestyle in 24.00 seconds and won first place. The girls also won two relay titles; Kate Hegland, Emily Carpenter, Maya Lambert, and Bilden won the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:38.09. Then Carpenter, Bilden, Hegland, and Eliot Hunsberger won the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:38.46.

CHS Head Coach, Dale Alton and Assistant Coach, Laurie Macmillan, led both teams to their championship victories. Alton said, “We are so glad this season actually happened. This season would not have happened without the persistent efforts of the three CHCCS athletic directors to acquire pool space, or without the support of our parents.” 

“We are also very grateful that ECHHS and CHHS invited us to their conference meet so we were able to get qualifying times for the regional meet, a prerequisite for getting to the state meet,” Alton said. “Watching our student athletes compete so well at the state meet, with so many best times for the season, and winning both state championships was a pretty nice ending to the season.”

Meanwhile, the CHHS boy's swimming and diving team won first place at the NCHSAA 3A State Championships on February 11. This year's title marks their eighth total win in program history. The team won first place with a total of 106 points.

Sam Hoover finished his senior season with two individual wins, one in the 200 Freestyle and the other in the 100 Freestyle. Peter Bretzmann was honored as 3A Most Outstanding Swimmer. Bretzman also placed first in the 200 yard individual medley and the 500 yard freestyle; his win in the 200 yard individual medley came with a 3A meet record time of 1:48.88. Bretzmann, along with teammates Ayden Xu, Austin Chang and Hoover, won first place in the 400 Free relay with a time of 3:06.10, beating their time from last year. In the 200 yard medley, Chang, Xu and Bretzmann joined Michael Volpe and Edward Wang to win with a combined time of 1:36.39. Wang, Xu, Hoover and Volpe also competed in the  200 Free Relay with a time of 1:24.89, also a 3A meet record. Jonathan Liang earned a 2021 3A Sportsmanship Award.

CHHS Coach, Greg Zoltners, said, “The season would not have happened without a lot of careful and conscientious work from the NCHSAA, our athletic department, and Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation. I am thankful that their safety protocols for practice and meets gave us an opportunity to compete. I am extremely proud of our team, particularly the seniors who swam incredibly well to win an extremely close meet. They finish as back-to-back champions!”