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CARY — Hunt High junior Ethan Maddrey made school history not once, but twice, Friday at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A swimming and diving championships.
Swimming in the boys 200-yard freestyle preliminaries at Triangle Aquatic Center, Maddrey posted a time of 1 minute, 47.84 seconds — proclaimed as a new school record on the Hunt Athletics Twitter account.
Maddrey then outdid himself in the 200 freestyle finals, finishing in 1:47.61, which was good for seventh place. John Gehrig of Charlotte Catholic was the winner with a time of 1:42.47.
Maddrey, the first Hunt swimmer in a state championship final since Zach Compton in 2016, was the only swimmer from The Wilson Times readership area to qualify for a final. However, he didn’t fare as well in the 100 freestyle, finishing 14th in prelims in 49.55. That was still better than his seed time of 49.81.
Despite missing the finals, two entries bested their respective seed times.
Fike’s Ryo Nakaya, seeded No. 24 entering the 50 freestyle, finished 21st in a tme of 23.57, topping his qualifying mark by .34 seconds. The Warriors’ 200 free relay team of Sanjeev Francis, Maddrey, Nick Tew and Zac Taylor improved one spot from its No.18 seed, finishing 17th in 1:35.47 to beat its time from the NCHSAA 3-A East Regional meet.
In the 200 medley relay, the quartet of Francis, Gaetano, Maddrey and Taylor conformed to its No. 18 seeding, finishing in that spot in 1:47.79.
Francis was 21st in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.10 and 23rd in the 100 backstroke, touching the wall in 1:00.79.
Gaetano swam individually in the 100 breaststroke as the No. 22 seed, but was disqualified in the preliminaries after being cited for a downward butterfly kick.
The Weddington boys team won its third straight state 3-A title while Charlotte Catholic repeated as girls champion.
Western Alamance’s Noah Henderson made NCHSAA history when he posted the first sub-20-second time in the 50 freestyle with a time of 19.92. Henderson also set a 3-A record in the 100 butterfly of 47.30.
In Friday’s edition of The Wilson Times, a story preview the NCHSAA 3-A swimming championships noted Ethan Maddrey swimming the 100-yard butterfly in the photo caption. The swimmer is actually Ben Tong in the 100 breaststroke.
The Times regrets the error and any resulting inconvenience.