Swimmer Mary Pruden '18 left her mark on the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association record book in her last meet as a Raven, which took place Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.
Mary set two Ravenscroft and NCISAA state meet records in the 200 and 500 freestyle events. She finished the 200 in 1:48.79, breaking the meet and state record held since 2012 by Olympian Kathleen Baker. In the 500, she posted a time of 4:52.57, beating her own team record by 5.3 seconds and posting a new meet and NCISAA State record. The previous record was set in 1996.
In relay action, Mary teamed with Grace Bergstrom '18, Kaitlin Ramsden '18 and Nora Bergstrom '21. They placed third in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:38.99 and second in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:35.50. Their time in the 200 freestyle relay broke a school record that had stood since 2006.
Coach Greg Warren said of Mary's success as a swimmer, "She finishes her amazing Ravenscroft career with four individual state titles, two individual state records, four relay state titles, four individual school records, and as a member of all three relay school records. She was also a key member of the 2015 and 2016 state championship-winning teams. Mary had a remarkable career and will go down as one of the best swimmers in Ravenscroft history."
Other Ravens swimmers gave remarkable performances as well:
- Matthew Youngbar '18 finished second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:46.19. He also finished second in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:49.92.
- Grace Bergstrom '18 placed fourth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.96. She also placed ninth in the 100 freestyle.
- Bode Ringenbach '21 finished in third place in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 59.95, narrowly missing the school record of 59.45 set by Matt McGinnis in 2004. He also placed fourth in the 200 IM with a time of 1:59.97.
- Ben Russell '21 placed sixth in the 200 IM and seventh in the 500 freestyle.
- Kaitlin Ramsden '18 placed ninth in the 100 backstroke.
In the team competition, the Ravens girls placed sixth with 149 points, behind winner (and perennial TISAC rival) Cary Academy with 349 points. Saint Mary's School had 216, finishing third.
The boys finished seventh with 177 points, behind champion Charlotte Latin.