ATLANTA, Georgia, February 16. GEORGIA Tech in Atlanta played host to the Georgia 1A/4A and 5A High School Swimming Champioships Feb. 10-11. Six state records fell during the two days of competition.
Wesleyan senior Lauren Hall and Dalton junior Taylor Dale set state records during the 1A-4A competition. Hall put together a round of dives good for 377.65 points, while Taylor erased the 100 fly mark with his 48.55. Dale picked up a second victory in the 100 back (48.84) to become the only double-event champion of the meet.
Westminster took home the girls team title with 252 points, with Lambert close behind in second with 236. St. Pius X took third, one point ahead of Marist (198-197); Woodward Academy followed in fifth (175). Westminster was led by event champions Nicole Stafford, a junior (200 free, 1:46.61) and Katie Christy, a freshman (100 breast, 1:04.17), plus the winning freestyle relays (200 free, 1:35.82; 400 free, 3:27.13). Lambert picked up the 200 medley relay victory in a close battle over Westminster, 1:46.81-1:46.95.
In a close battle for first, Wesleyan grabbed first over Chattahoochee, 202.5-195. Johns Creek placed third with 188 points, just ahead of Marist (180.5). Westminster finished fifth with 161.5 points. Wesleyan's 400 free relay finished first in 3:08.54; senior Anthony McMurry, who anchored the relay, snagged an individual victory with his 45.51 in the 100 free. Nick Brown, a Greenbrier senior, and Pierson Scarborough, a Dalton junior, tied for first in the 100 breast (58.80).
Northview senior Matias Koski lowered state records in both the 200 free (1:36.145) and 500 free (4:18.57); in addition, he anchored Northview's state record-setting 400 free relay with classmates Alex Heldman and Matt Grodhaus plus freshman Knox Auerbach (3:06.26).
Jack Nyquist, an Alpharetta junior, set a state record with his 1-meter diving total of 629.80 points.
Parkview was tops in the team race, scoring 310 points. Parkview's 200 free relay of senior Devyn Hughes, sophomore Christopher Rogers, senior Ricky Lehner and junior Geoffrey Carter was victorious in 1:25.71, just ahead of Lassiter's 1:25.98. Lehner posted a 56.40, good for first in the 100 breast. Lassiter finished second with 229 points, paced by victories by juniors Jimmy Yoder (100 fly, 49.09) and Zach Bunenr (200 IM, 1:50.51). Brookwood placed third (200) with Northview on their heels (197.5). Alpharetta finished in fifth (146).
Brookwood's girls combined for a winning team total of 226 points. Junior Kelsey Gouge captured first in the 50 free (23.41), just ahead of Archer's Lexie Smith (23.45). Lassiter finished in second with 189 points. In a close battle for third, Parkview (176) edged out Etowah (172) and Kennesaw Mountain (170).
Two seniors finished out their high school careers with two victories each: Harrison's Madison Jacobs in the 200 (1:48.62) and 500 (4:49.13) free, and Mill Creek's Rachael Dudley in the 100 back (55.39) and 100 fly (54.46).