Sophia Bellissimo '25 & Logan Zucker '22 Are State Champions
Davidson Day Varsity Swimming competed at the NCISAA Division III State Championship Swim Meet on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, where two Patriots won the state championships in individual events.
Sophia Bellissimo '25 won the NCISAA state championship in the 50-yard freestyle.
Logan Zucker '22 won the NCISAA state championship in the 100-yard butterfly, setting a new state record of 00:49:44 earning All-American Consideration Status.
A full recap is below courtesy of Coach Corey J. Hedges.
Davidson Day Swimming brought 11 total swimmers to Monday’s NCISAA Division III State Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center: Sophia Bellissimo, Caroline Dickson, Izzy Freidline, Cassie Lott, Charlotte Ratcliff, Brendan Clark, Gavin Conroy, Aiden Lank, Chase Newman, Connor Wickerham, and Logan Zucker.
The meet kicked off with the Women’s 200-yard medley relay. Bellissimo, Freidline, Ratcliff, and Dickson. The ladies placed 12th overall with a time of 2:20.26. On the men’s side – Newman, Clark, Conroy, and Lank placed 13th overall with a time of 2:13.77.
Ratcliff was the first individual in the water – swimming the 200 yard Individual Medley. Charlotte dropped 8 seconds off of her seed time, placing 7th overall with a time of 2:40.36. Wickerham represented the men for DDS in the 200 IM. Connor managed to crack the top ten with a 10th place finish, and a time of 2:18.33 – seven seconds faster than his seeded time.
Sophia Bellissimo turned the heat up in the building when she took home 1st place in the women’s 50-yard freestyle. Bellissimo had a photo finish – taking down the opponent next to her by a mere 0.01 – finishing in a time of 25.74. Cassie Lott placed 32nd in the 50 free with a time of 30.70. Chase Newman set his own personal best in the men’s 50 freestyle – clocking in at 27.30 – placing 30th overall in the field.
Ratcliff was back in the water for the 100-yard butterfly – placing 7th overall with a time of 1:10.70 - shaving three seconds off her seed time. Logan Zucker was on a mission in the men’s 100 fly – taking 1st place in the event with a time of 49.44. Zucker received All American Consideration Status, while breaking the state record of 50.40 set back in 2016.
Bellissimo’s final individual event of the day was a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle. Sophia clocked in with a time of 57.57 – just a second off the top spot. On the men’s side Wickerham was the first Patriot to touch the wall in the 100 free - clocking in at 58.15 – placing 17th overall. Just behind Connor was Conroy – placing 21st overall, and breaking the infamous 1:00 barrier for the first time – clocking in at 59.68.
Zucker was back in the pool for the 500-yard freestyle – taking the second spot overall with another All American Consideration performance, and a time of 4:32.37. Also cracking the top ten was Gavin Conroy – taking 8th overall with a time of 6:08.34 – eleven seconds faster than his seeded time.
The women’s 200 freestyle relay made up of Bellissimo, Lott, Freidline, and Ratcliff took 8th overall with a time of 2:01.41 – their fastest relay of the season! On the men’s side Zucker, Lank, Clark, and Wickerham took 9th overall with a time of 1:46.66. Zucker led off just 0.02 off of the state record in the 50 freestyle with a split of 21.09.
In the final individual event, Chase Newman swam the 100-yard backstroke. Newman took 13th overall with a time of 1:12.02, dropping three seconds off of his seed time.
The final swim of the day was a 4th place finish in the men’s 400 freestyle relay, with swimmers Zucker, Newman, Conroy, and Wickerham. Taking off ten seconds from their seed time, the Patriots successfully took down all of their fellow FAC rivals and placed just outside of the podium to cap off an incredible meet.