On February 9, the Carrboro swim team went to NCHSAA State Championships. Swimmers who placed in the top twelve of their events at regionals qualified to swim in states. The meet took place at Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, stretching from 7 AM to 8 PM.
There were many exciting races for both the girls and boys. Overall, in their respective races, the boys placed ninth, and the girls placed fourth. However the girls especially excelled in their events.
There were a few girls, Paloma Baca and Anneliese Merry, who placed within the top three of their races and earned a medal. As the lively day of racing came to a close, the highlight of the night began: the final race of the day was the 400 Freestyle Relay.
The Carrboro girls were seated second overall against fierce opponents. The swimmers in the relay, Paloma, Audrey Costley and Eliot Hunsberger, held their own throughout the race, switching between second and third.
As the race was coming to an end, Anneliese Merry, who was at the last swimmer of the relay,dived in and caught up to those in the lead.On the last lap, Carrboro and their competitor, Pine Lake Prep, were neck and neck. As they swam, the screaming and shouting was so loud that one couldn’t hear themselves think. Both swimmers touched the wall, but no one could tell who touched first.
Everyone looked to the board and showed Carrboro beating Pine Lake Prep by 0.04 seconds. Every Carrboro swimmer jumped and cheered. With a win under the belts, the Carrboro Swim Team knew that they succeeded.