The Southern Carolinas Conference was very well represented at the NCHSAA 3A West Regional, which concluded Feb. 1, but in the end, the Marvin Ridge boys ran away with the team title while the Weddington girls survived a group of four teams that all had a shot to knock off the resilient Warriors.
The Marvin Ridge boys were led by senior stars Boyd Poelke and Charles Rothenberger.
Rothenberger won individual regional titles in the 50-meter freestyle (21.23 seconds) and the 100 freestyle (46.97) while Poelke won the 100 butterfly (51.04) and was edged by Rothenberger by 0.10 seconds to finish second in the 50-freestyle.
In addition, the two teamed with Connor Charrette and Braydon Brewer and win the 200 freestyle (1 minute, 28.50 seconds) by over three seconds ahead of the field. Then, the pair teamed with Nicholas Piscitelli and Nolan Lacja to win the 400 freestyle relay (3:15.37).
Weddington (341, second), Charlotte Catholic (225, third), Cuthbertson (84, ninth) and Sun Valley (75.5, 10th) all swam well.
The Warrior boys were led by Connor Raines, who took second in the 100 butterfly and the runner-up 200 freestyle relay team.
The Charlotte Catholic boys were paced by John Gehrig and Jack Meehan, who both won multiple events.
Gehrig took first in the 200 freestyle (1:46.16) and the 500 freestyle (4:45.04) while Meehan won the 200 IM (1:52.47) and the 100 breaststroke (58.10).
The two Cougar stars also teamed with Benjamin Druhan and Patrick Duffy to win the 200 medley relay.
Kenan Dean led the Sun Valley boys with a runner-up finish in the 200 freestyle.
The Warriors girls scored 350 points to win the region over Charlotte Catholic (319, second), Marvin Ridge (286, third), Cuthbertson (249, fourth), Sun Valley (66th, 11th) and Parkwood (53, 13th).
Weddington was led by Maddy Flickenger, who won both the 200 IM (2:06.84) and the 100 backstroke (56.08) and paired with 100 freestyle champion Katie Corbi to win a pair of relays.
That pair teamed with Kylie Yoder, Kelsie Tolchin to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:36.99) and partnered with Ashley Martinson and Yoder to win the 400 freestyle relay (3:30.09).
In addition, Caroline Kudela won the 500 freestyle (5:07.65) for Weddington.
The Cougars won the 200 medley relay as Madeline Menkhaus, Mattie McFee, Victoria Dichak and Olivia Rhodes took the title.
Marvin Ridge was led by North Carolina commit Ellie Van Note, who 200 freestyle (1:55.50) and the 100 butterfly (56.86).
The Spartans got a win in the 1-meter diving as Lauren Rideway was victorious. Parkwood sophomore Kaylee Hamblin won the 100 breaststroke (1:03.04) by over two seconds over the field.
Jordan Browning led Cuthbertson by placing second in the 100 butterfly.