CARY – Matthew Lucky got to take his place at the top of the medal stand twice on Saturday.
A sophomore from Concord High School, Lucky won a gold medal by himself during the Class 3A Swimming Championships at Cary’s Triangle Aquatic Center, and then he got to share one with three of his teammates.
Lucky won the boys 100-yard breaststroke with a blazing time of 57.25 seconds. His clocking was more than two seconds faster than the runner-up, Michael Volpe of Chapel Hill (59.66).
Lucky also was part of the Spiders’ first-place 200 medley relay team that included his older brother, Andrew Lucky, along with Ben Vincent and Jackson Moon with a time of 1 minute, 35.90 seconds.
Andrew Lucky also had a strong individual finish, taking third place in the 100 backstroke in 52.35. In that same race, Central Cabarrus’ Ian Holt came in seventh place. Holt also was eighth in the 500 freestyle.
Moon had a sixth-place finish in the 50 freestyle.
Several Northwest Cabarrus swimmers also had strong showings.
Individually, the Trojans’ Lane Bradshaw was fifth in the 100 freestyle and sixth in the 200 individual medley. Teammate Henry Gribble was fifth in the 500 freestyle and sixth in the 200 free. Also, Harrison Ranier was fifth in the 100 butterfly.
Bradshaw, Gribble and Ranier teamed with Graham Powers to take sixth place in the 400 freestyle relay.
Concord finished seventh in the boys team standings, and Northwest Cabarrus came in eighth place.
At the 3A state girls meet, Central Cabarrus’ Isabella Gaskey had the top finish among girls from the county, taking second place in the 100 breastsroke in 1:04.30.
Cox Mill’s Caitlin Horn was third in the 50 free (23.95), and she also took sixth place in the 100 freestyle.
The Chargers’ Sarah Campbell was sixth in 1-meter diving.
The Cox Mill 200 freestyle relay team of Alivia Price, Addie Rogers, Ellie Ferguson and Katie Creel finished in seventh place.
The Cox Mill girls were eighth in the team standings.