In Wednesday’s CISAA Conference Championship, the girls varsity swim team won the meet for the second year in a row. Last year’s win was a first since 2013 for the Chargers, as well as a first for Program Head Coach Kristina Bond, who took over the program at the start of the 2014-2015 season.
At the CISAA Conference Championships, each school is allowed two relays and two individuals to score per event. There are a total of 3 relays and 8 individual events. In an incredibly deep field of talent across all schools, when the psych sheet was posted, the projected scores showed the Chargers were seeded to finish in 2nd overall, by a slim margin of just 8 points. “Going into the meet, we knew that unless the girls were able to improve their finishes across all 11 events to score additional points, we wouldn’t be able to win again,” said Bond. “Last year we only won the meet by 9 points, so we really wanted to show that our team was capable of more this year.”
In the first event of the day, the 200 Medley Relay, the Chargers ‘A’ Relay (Eh’Naya White, Sophie Bambauer, Reagan McKeown, Paige Sherrill) finished 1st (1:56.17) receiving All-Conference honors. In the 200 IM, McKeown took 2nd (2:13.82). In the 50 Freestyle, White finished 2nd (25.78). In the 100 Fly, McKeown placed 2nd (1:00.76). In the 100 Freestyle, Bambauer took 1st (55.71), receiving All-Conference honors. In the 200 Freestyle Relay, the Chargers ‘A’ Relay (Baumbauer, Paulina Williams, White, and McKeown) finished 2nd (1:45.25). In the 100 Backstroke, Mary Alice Hubbard placed 3rd (1:08.30). In the 100 Breaststroke, Bambauer took 1st (1:08.57), receiving All-Conference honors. In the final event of the day, the 400 Freestyle Relay, the Chargers ‘A’ Relay (Sutton Nichols, Ellie Jaffe, Williams, and Hubbard) finished 3rd (4:02.54). Though 17 Chargers were already qualified for the NCISAA State Championship Meet, sophomore Grace Moore made her first ever NCISAA qualifying time at the meet, dropping nearly two seconds in the 50 freestyle.
“Watching our girls turn a projected 8 point loss into a 55 point victory was really special,” said Bond. “They knew what they had to do and worked together to make it happen. I couldn’t be more proud of the tenacity and grit they showed today.”
The Chargers end the regular season with 18 qualified swimmers traveling to next week’s NCISAA State Championship Meet in Greensboro, NC.
For the complete listing of each event and final team and individual results: MEET RESULTS
Following are the team rankings for the CISAA Conference Championship:
Providence Day School 301
Charlotte Latin School 246
Cannon School 244
Charlotte Country Day School 226
Charlotte Christian School 151
Covenant Day School 80
CISAA All-Conference: Sophie Bambauer (3X), Reagan McKeown, Paige Sherrill, and EhNaya White
2020-2021 CISAA Conference Champions