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The Georgia High School State Championships kicked off with diving finals on day one of the three-day meet in Atlanta.
In the 5A division, the competition was intense with the top three divers scoring more than 500 points a piece. Grant Summers of St. Pius, dominated his competition, winning the state title with a total of 552.75 points. Pace’s Owen Monicino captured second place with 515.15 points, while Westminster’s Charlie Green took home third with 502.10 points.
On the women’s side, Wesleyan proved to be a powerful force with both a first and third place finish. Junior Abby Gardner won the title with 527.8 points. Ellie Crump from Marist won the silver with 514.45 points, Gardner’s teammate. Kate McCahan secured third with 477.95 points.
Westminster dominated the boys side of diving to give the squad 51 points going into swimming. St. Pius X held 24 points after diving for second. Marist led Wesleyan, 55-53, after girls diving heading into the swimming portion of the meet.
6A was just as fierce as 5A with records shattering along the way. All top three finishers on the men’s side broke the previous 2015 pool record. Colquitt County’s Park Hardigree topped the pool record with a tally of 511.30 points. That broke the previous pool mark of 453.85 set by Briadam Herrera last year. Norcross’s Griffin Ramsey took second with 467.34 points, while Peter Smithson snared third with 464.00 points.
Colquitt County’s Kelliann Howell won with 435.05 points, while Walton’s Peri Charapich took second with 418.75 points. Lakeside-Dekalb’s Jordyn Sak picked up third-place honors with 407.90 points.
Diving put Collins Hill ahead of Walton and Norcross, 33-32, in the 6A boys team race, while Walton owns a 46-41 lead against Colquitt County in the girls race.
Diving is extremely important to the team’s total scores. First place earns 24 points, second earns 21 points and third garners 20. Today’s event was conducted on the 1 meter board with each competitor completing 11 dives.
The meet continues tomorrow, starting off at 9AM with 5A swimming prelims.