CARY – Last week, Timothy Connery was on top of his game as he sped his way to a pair of championships at the 1A/2A West Regional swim meet.
This week, at Cary's Triangle Aquatic Center, he took his game to a whole new level.
On Thursday, the junior from Huntersville's Christ the King Catholic High School, located just inside Cabarrus County, dominated the Class 1A/2A state meet, winning two championships and setting a pair of North Carolina records for all classifications along the way.
Connery, who has already committed to swim for the University of Michigan, claimed the 100-yard freestyle state record with a time of 44.18 seconds, eclipsing the mark of 44.62 seconds set just a year ago in the Class 3A meet by Chapel Hill’s Sam Hoover.
In addition, Connery won the state crown in the 100 breaststroke, finishing with a time of 53.65 seconds. That mark easily surpassed the previous state record of 54.47 seconds set by Hough’s Will Chan at the 2017 Class 4A meet.
To virtually no one’s surprise, he was named the 1A/2A Most Outstanding Boys Swimmer.
The wins gave Connery his fourth and fifth state championships, respectively. Last year, as a sophomore, he won the 50 freestyle title. During his freshman season, 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley championships.
At Thursday’s meet, Connery also participated in the 400 relay, where he was joined by Matthew Zagar, Ian Woodworth, Wojtek Lachowski to finish sixth.
The Christ the King boys finished 12 in the team competition, while the Crusader girls squad took ninth place.