HUNTERSVILLE – Jane Donahue is a shining star on an infant program.
Donahue, a freshman swimmer at Christ the King Catholic, won two individual events at the N.C. 1A/2A West Regional meet Feb. 1. She was champion in the 100-yard breaststroke (one minute, 7.84 seconds), which was nearly five seconds ahead of the field, and in the 200-yard individual medley (2:10.34).
This is the first year Christ the King has fielded a swimming team, which is coached by Donahue’s dad, Tom. Jane Donahue, who swims year-round with the NOMAD Aqua Devils club team, is ranked No. 1 in the state in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke and the 50-yard freestyle. She is also ranked second in the nation in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Seven CTK swimmers qualified for the state meet Feb. 13 in Raleigh.
“As a team, we put a lot of effort into it,” Jane Donahue said.
The Crusaders (10 girls, five boys) had pre-school practices at 5:45 a.m., then caught a bus to school.
Now Jane has a chance to become the first state champion in school history.
“She’s got a drive to her,” Tom Donahue said. “When she puts her mind to it, you don’t want to bet against her. She has a lot of confidence and she works hard. And she has a great feel for the water."
• It came down to the meet’s final event, and the Hough High boys’ team responded. The Huskies’ quartet of Jeffrey Manchester, Trey Poff, Coleman Manchester and Even Heldman won the 400-yard freestyle relay, which gave Hough the team title in the N.C. 4A West Regional on Feb. 1.
Hough scored 361.5 points, edging out South Mecklenburg (357 points). The Huskies boys also finished second in the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays. Charles Mitchell was the regional diving champion. Trey Poff won two regional events – the 200- and 500-yard freestyles.
The Hough girls’ team (408 points) finished second to Charlotte Catholic, which won the girls’ regional with 506 points. Hough’s Jennifer Giacalone was the regional diving champion.
• Lake Norman Charter boys’ and girls’ teams each finished second at the 1A/2A West Regional.
Ben Hardin, Drew Queen, Corrin Rothwell and Sean Powers combined to win regional championships in the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Queen won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke. Rothwell was regional champ in the 100-yard butterfly and Peyton Freeze won the title in girls’ diving.
• Hough High won the team championship at the MECKA 4A conference wrestling tournament Feb. 1. The Huskies had five individual conference champions.
Hough, which also won the conference’s regular-season title, scored 181 points, followed by Mallard Creek (154) and Kannapolis Brown (148.5).
The Huskies’ individual champions were Austin Powell (113 pounds), Kevin O’Brien (138), Jake Efird (152), Jordan Thompson (170) and Sebastian Barreto (182). Hough’s Connor Brooks was runner-up in the 285-pound division.
Hopewell’s Dajon Lacey (152 pounds) and Gore Vaughn (182) finished runner-up in their weight classes. North Mecklenburg’s Marquel Thompson was second at 170 pounds.
• SouthLake Christian has three wrestlers ranked No. 1 among private-school competitors in state rankings. Dylan Boone is 48-4 at 106 pounds, Chris Green is 45-8 at 138 pounds and Hamilton Hewitt is 51-6 at 145 pounds.