The Carolina Day girls won the NCISAA 1A/2A swim meet Monday in Greensboro.The win is the Wildcat swimming program’s first-ever girls state championship. The team accumulated 265 points, 29 more than runner-up O’Neal School out of Southern Pines.
“For it to happen is amazing and the best part is that it was a total team effort. It wasn’t just one person carrying the team. To have a state championship come from swimmers from all different ages has just been amazing,” said CDS senior Emma May.
The Wildcats had a gold-medal showing by its 400-yard freestyle relay (3 minutes, 44.02 seconds), consisting of May, eighth-grader Olivia Sutter, freshman Madeleine Bauer and seventh-grader Lacy Westle.
“It’s amazing what we were able to do, and cool to see people from different ages contribute. It’s a lot different for me now. I remember being in middle school and looking up to the (high school) seniors. And now I’m one of them,” said CDS senior Emily Newcomer.
Carolina Day had several other top-three finishes in the medley relay (third place, 1:54.85), May in the 100-yard butterfly (third place, 1:01.60), junior Maddie Paulus in the 100-yard freestyle (third place, 56.79) and Bauer in the 500-yard freestyle (second place, 5:41.69).
The Wildcats are coached by the husband and wife team of Graeme McGufficke and Karla Weidner.