Spartans shine in the pool and on the track at States


Courtesy CSD Swimming and Diving

Some run it back, but CSD Swimming and Diving swims it back. Back to back State Champions.

Ben Gallagher, Editor-in-Chief

In the NCHSAA State Championships for Indoor Track and Swimming and Diving, CSD’s athletes showed up big time. 

CSD’s Men’s Swimming and Diving team won their second consecutive State Championship. They placed first out of 41 competing schools with 272 points. Raleigh Charter was the runner-up with 235. Earning bronze, Mountain Island Charter racked up 188 points.

While CSD’s win was a team effort, there were several standout performances. 

Austin Hartsell (‘23), Luke Weber (‘23), Brody Collander (‘24) and Riley Hall (‘23)  placed first in the 200 Yard Medley Relay. With the win they were awarded 40 points. 

Luke Weber (‘23) came in second for the 200 Yard Freestyle and first in the 500 Yard Freestyle. He walked away with a combined 37 points. 

Austin Hartsell (‘23) placed third in  the 200 Yard Individual Medley and earned 16 points.

The Women’s Swim Team placed third overall with 193 points. Lincoln Charter came out on top with 250 and Elkin sat second with 209. 

The women’s team had several notable performances.

Meredith Tucker (‘23) placed in second in both the 200 Yard IM and 200 Breast with a collective 34 points. 

Eliana White (‘23) came up with silver in the 50 Yard Freestyle and first in the 100 Yard Freestyle. 

Tayler Curlee (‘24) in the One Meter Dive captured second.

Tucker, Melia Brown (‘23), Celia Brown (‘24) and White swam into second in both the 200 and 400 Yard Freestyle Relays. 

Beyond the swimming element of the team, Riley Hall was awarded the NCHSAA Sportsmanship Award. He will be recognized at the annual meeting of NCHSAA and has a chance at winning the NFHS National Award.

Indoor track and field also had the State Championship meet the same day. 

The women’s team placed seventh overall with 17 points. Swain County, Cummings and Mountain Island Charter topped the podium in respective order.

In the 4×400 Meter Relay, Camryn Burton (‘23), Jasmine Miller (‘24), Mary McMillan (‘25) and Katie Skerpon (‘23) came in fourth. 

Burton, Skerpon, Lily Miller (‘24) and Marin Sullivan (‘24) placed second in the 4×800 Meter Relay. 

In the High Jump, Jasmine Miller set a PR and landed in bronze on the podium. 

The men’s team came in sixth overall with 27 points in a total of fifteen events.

In longer distance events, Daniel Ahearn (‘23) won silver in the 1000 Meter and Colton Davis (‘24) placed second in the 500 Meter. 

Ahearn, Matthew Clark (‘26), Nicholas Calarco (‘23) and Davis won the 4×400 Meter Relay.

Overall it was a successful state meet for both the Indoor Track and Field and the Swim and Dive teams. Once again, CSD Spartans shined at States.

CSD swimmers and divers pose with the 2023 NCHSAA state championship banner. (Image courtesy CSD Swimming and Diving)
CSD Spartans made a strong showing at indoor track states. (Image courtesy of CSD Track and Field)