ATLANTA, Georgia. February 11. SIX state records–three among the girls–were taken down during the Georgia A-AAAAA High School State Championships Feb. 8-9 at Georgia Tech's pool.
Westminster High School claimed the girls team title with 306 points. Senior Nicole Stafford had a hand in all three records set on the girls side. She posted an individual mark of 1:45.29 in the 200 yard free; she swam a leg on the 200 medley relay with sophomore Katie Christy plus seniors Jamie Christy and Erika Redding that set a state mark of 1:43.96; and junior Maddie Downs joined the Christy sisters andStafford to wind up the meet with a 3:26.22 in the 400 free relay. Stafford also captured the 100 fly in 53.49.
Jamie Christy's 1:03.97 gave her the victory in the 100 breast, and Katie Christy's 2:04.40 was good for first in the 200 IM.
Woodward Academy and Marist tied for second with 239 points apiece. Woodward junior Caitlin Cooper finished first in both the 50 and 100 free (23.00 and 50.15). Cooper was just 9-hundredths shy of erasing Amanda Weir's 2003 state record in the 50 free. Cooper led off Woodward Academy's victorious 200 free relay of junior Sarah Coats, sophomore Joelle Borchers and junior Kathleen Cook.
In the most exciting event of the competition, the top three swimmers in the 100 back–Allatoona junior Aja Malone (56.26), Calvary Day senior Patricia Forrester (56.27) and McIntosh senior Missy Beall (56.29)–finished within 3-hundredths of each other. North Paulding junior Stephanie Peters claimed the 500 free with her 4:49.49.
St. Pius X was fourth (189 points), with Pace Academy taking fifth (112).
Dalton was the boys champion, putting together 192 points. Westminster finished second (173), followed by Oconee County (154) and North Hall (144). St. Pius X's 135 points put them in fifth, just ahead of Marist (133) and Chamblee Charter (131).
Dalton's 200 medley relay of seniors Taylor Dale and Pierson Scarborough, plus freshman Ethan Young and junior Taylor Mathis set a state record with their 1:32.93. They also captured the 400 free relay in 3:10.83. Dale beat out Young in the 100 back, 49.11-49.14. Dale secured a second victory in the 100 fly (49.86).
North Hills junior Paul Powers was the king of the sprints. He posted 1A-5A marks in leading off their 200 free relay (50 free, 19.91) and in the prelims of the 100 free (44.02). Powers also captured the individual events with times of 20.21 in the 50 free and 44.49 in the 100 free. Helping him with the winning 200 free relay were sophomore Ty Powers and David Schofield, plus senior Bradley Brown (1:27.17).
Gunnar Bentz, a St. Pius X junior, claimed the distance free events with his 1:38.65 in the 200 free and 4:35.46 in the 500 free.
Alex Kemenov, a Chamblee Charter senior, put together a winning 57.93 in the 100 breast, and freshman Derek Cox from Westminster took top honors in the 200 IM (1:52.00).