Marvin Ridge’s boys and girls’ swimming and diving teams were a cut above the rest of the competition at regionals on Friday, Feb. 3.
The boys hammered runner-up Weddington 490.5-270. The girls bludgeoned the Warriors, too, beating them with ease, 573-315.
The state championship meet will take place Feb. 10 and 11. The diving will be Friday at Pullen Aquatic Center on the campus of N.C. State University in Raleigh, while Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary will host the swimming on Saturday with prelims in the morning and finals at night.
Coach Melissa King-Pierce’s girls’ enter as the favorite to win the state championship, while her boys’ could just as easily bring home the title, too.
If seniors Caroline Hauder, Kate Marshall, Katie Rivers, Ashley Baum and Nikki Canale can sustain and build on their success, then the Lady Mavs should win by a landslide.
Marvin Ridge has the advantage, especially when it comes to relay events, which could make it tough for opponents to challenge it or even stay close. Hauder, as a swimmer, and Canale, as a diver, should provide plenty of points along with a litany of other proven contributors.
On the other side, senior Jeffrey Murray, senior Peter Dwyer, senior Nate Utesch and senior Adam Fisher must have a solid night for the boys to win the title. If anything, the boys should be more competitive, which should make for an exciting meet.