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On Saturday afternoon at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center the 2018 Georgia High School 1A to 5A swimming and diving championships took place, with state champions crowned in 1-3A and 4-5A divisions. Westminster won the boys meet with 543 points while Calhoun scored 269 and Wesleyan totaled 263 points. Westminster scored 358 points to win the girls meet ahead of Greater Atlanta Christian and their 222 points.
Calhoun’s Bo Dyar, Cal Parker, John Carroll, and Brody Bushong were dominant in the 200 medley relay with a 1:35.66.
Mt. Paran Christian freshman Mitchell Norton touched in 1:42.37 to win the 200 freestyle. His senior teammate David Gray raced to a 20.81 to take the 50 freestyle, just faster than Westminster senior Jack Stone in 20.84. Stone then earned his gold with a 50.71 100 butterfly while Gray added a second victory in the 100 freestyle (45.32).
In 1:53.77 Aquinas’ Michael Jeschke topped the 200 IM. Jonathan McDonald of Prince Avenue swam a 4:42.71 to win the 500 freestyle. It took a 51.42 from Charlie Kaye of Pace Academy to win the 100 backstroke.
Westminster’s Cole Hinkes, Connor Hinkes, Chris Staley, and Stone won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:24.62, four and a half seconds ahead of second place.
The 100 breaststroke was the closest race of the day. Whitefield’s Brooks Merkle and Calhoun’s Cal Parker battled to the wall with Merkle getting the upper hand, 56.55 to 56.56.
Westminster added a second relay victory, also by a significant margin (six seconds) as Stone, Grayson Harralson, Bryan Weselman, and Dylan Vroon touched in 3:09.50 to win the 400 freestyle relay.
Meghan Taner, Olivia Martin, Maddie Poch, and Abby Pilkenton got off to a quick start, winning the 200 medley relay by four seconds, in a 1:49.51, for Holy Innocents. Pilkenton also dominated the 200 freestyle in 1:48.32. Pilkenton found significant competition in the 100 freestyle, however. The sophomore hit the wall in 50.98, at the exact same time at Brookstone junior Hannah Mattson.
Audrey Pastorek of Savannah Country topped the 200 IM by six seconds with her 2:03.70. The sophomore also won the 100 backstroke in 55.42. Westminster freshman Samantha Bertschi won the 500 free with a 5:03.04.
Two girls were under 24 seconds in the 50 free: Westminster’s Eliza Normark (23.61) and North Hall’s Julia Kelly (23.89).
The Greater Atlanta quartet of Mitsue Ostapiuk, Thien-An Maynard, Kathryn McGaughey, and Caroline Khan were first to the wall in the 200 freestyle relay, touching in 1:37.44. Maynard swam a 1:05.19 to win the 100 breaststroke, just faster than St. Vincent’s’ Amelia Ham (1:05.73).
Lovett freshman Avery Bargeron edged Savannah Arts sophomore Victoria Rucker 56.55 to 56.59 to win the 100 butterfly.
Westminster’s Amy Zhao, Kelsey Yao, Bertschi, and Eliza Normark won the meet ending 400 freestyle relay in 3:36.36.
The team from Rome: Samson Mumber, Mason Hunter, Kent Schirmacher, and Kenta Davis touched in 1:35.60 to seal victory in the 200 medley relay by over half a second. Hunter, a University of Michigan commit, was the 200 IM champion in 1:53.41 and the winner of the 100 breaststroke in 54.28. His lifetime best in that event was only a 56.01 when he committed this fall.
St. Pius X junior Ian Grum was the only swimmer under 1:40 in the 200 freestyle, finishing in 1:38.69 He was also well ahead of the 100 backstroke field, earning gold in 48.47.
Blessed Trinity’s Dillon Downing won the 50 free with his 20.69, and touched in 46.13 to win the 100. Owen Churchwell of Clarke Central was second in that 100 with a 46.61.
Juniors snagged the top four spots in the 100 fly, led by Gabe Bartolomei of Sandy Creek with a 51.16. North Oconee’s Charlie Logan swam away with the 500 free, finishing in 4:35.21.
Woodward Academy’s Jacob Willis, George Kimbrough, Henry Nichols, and Emanuel Abdul-Salaam secured 200 freestyle relay victory with a 1:28.83.
Creating a meet where three schools one a relay title a piece, Chamblee dominated the 400 freestyle relay in 3:12.18 with the team of Alexander Miretsky, Caleb Perry, Theo Hardy, and Louis Cardot.
Starr’s Mill raced well ahead of the field in the 200 medley relay. Hope Christensen, Lauren Presley, Avery McFaddin, and Kylee Bogumill swam a 1:46.99. The school put Bogumill, Presley, McFaddin, and Christensen on the podium again, winning the 200 free relay in 1:38.35. Presley won the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.34.
Chapel Hill junior Danielle Melilli out touched Buford freshman Caroline Irwin 24.02 to 24.04 to win the 50 freestyle.
North Oconee freshman Karen Zhao (1:54.69) won the 200 free ahead of Bogumill (1:56.51). Chamblee’s Jade Foelske took 200 IM gold in 2:01.27. She also won the 100 fly with a 54.36. Irwin was second again (54.76). McFaddin finished third (56.81).
Melilli added a second gold in the 100 free in 52.51, just faster than Zhao in 52.64.
St. Pius X junior Abby Cohen won the 500 free in 5:02.71. Blessed Trinity sophomore Rachel Saxon stopped the clock in 55.98 to win the 100 backstroke, just faster than Madison County’s Macy Mullis with a 56.03.
Maggie Pokorny, Saxon, Grace Findlay, and Catherine Allsteadt, the team from Blessed Trinity, won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:35.15.
Full results available here.