Lions swimmer Carter wins state championship
Carter won the 500-yard freestyle in 5 minutes, 11.79 seconds and was more than four seconds faster than her closest competitor in the race.
The Lions junior also was less than one second off the winning pace and finished third in the 100 butterfly (59.13 seconds) and teamed with Jaclyn Kempf, Julia Kempf and Lauren Jones to finish 13th in the 200 medley relay (2:09.68).
As a team, the Covenant Day girls finished 12th overall.
“We are a really small team and had lots of middle-schoolers who are swimming varsity this year,” said Carter.
“It was exciting for me (to win the 500 freestyle) and something I would really like to do again next year.”
Local wrestlers compete at state meet
Five Matthews-Mint Hill-area wrestlers competed in the Class 4A individual state championships at the Greensboro Coliseum last week.
Independence High had three participants: 138-pound senior Casey Belville, 182-pound sophomore Brian Tiderman and 285-pound junior Demetree Hardison. Butler was represented by 106-pound junior Kush Shah and 220-pound senior Matthew Bennett.
Shah was pinned in the second round by Winston-Salem Parkland’s Phazon Roddy, who finished his season as the undefeated state champion. Shah rebounded in the consolation round and reached the semifinals before ultimately finishing fourth. Shah had a 36-6 record on the year.
Belville, who finished his career as Independence’s all-time wins leader, placed third at the state meet. Belville closed out his season with a 59-4 record and won 154 matches in his career.
Tiderman, who won his 100th career match earlier this season and will challenge Belville’s school record next year, was defeated in the second round by Sun Valley’s Michael Macchiavello. Tidermined finished 55-10.
Bennett lost a second-round decision to Winston-Salem Reynolds Denzell Dejournette and fell in an overtime decision in the consolation round to Raleigh Millbrook’s Lewis Crumsey. Bennett finished the season 35-3.
Hardison fell to Wilmington Laney’s Larry Williams in an opening-round decision and also was defeated by Northern Durham’s Alex Reames by fall in the consolation round. Hardison finished his season 45-10.