By Scott St. Lifer
Walton seeks to remain in contention for the state crown in both boys and girls swimming behind a mix of veterans and youth. The girls team is led by Charlotte Holtz (Towson) and the boys are led by Davis Beauchamp. In this past weekend’s meet at the Norcross Invite, the Raiders swept the boys (288-242) and girls (291-226) titles with a combined score of 579 to second place Norcross’s 468. Beauchamp won the 100-meter breaststroke in a time of 1:02.78 to lead the boys to a score of 288 and Holtz earned victories in the 50- and 200-meter freestyle with times of 26.0 and 1:59.50 respectively. Jack Dunning and Jake Williams also had top performances for the boys with Dunning winning the 500-meter free in 4:51.89 and Williams finishing in first in the 100-meter free in 51.84. Kira deBruyn won the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:00.96 and the 200 IM in 2:10.93 for the girls team. The next meet for the Raiders occurs on Dec.10 in their own Margaret Gilbert Invite, which benefits the Susan G. Komen foundation. … Marietta has what it takes to finish amongst the top of the boys teams in the state again this season behind Michael Dugan, Sam Horvath and John Easton. Dugan and Easton specialize in freestyle while Horvath’s stronghold comes in the 200 IM. Thus far this season, the boys relay team with freshman Tyler Harper has already qualified for state. “They could very easily win at state,” said head coach Carla Mills. “They [hopefully] will place in the top five.” Over the weekend at the Cobb Relays, the girls team, led by Jessica Lin Sang, Tatiana Allgeyer, Annie Martin and Emma Mills, qualified for state in the 400- and 200-meter freestyle relays with times of 4:11 and 1:52. The qualification of the girls team for state marked the first time they qualified under Mills. … With the graduation of six strong swimmers and divers, Peachtree Ridge hopes to defend its boys state title behind butterfly specialist Corey Mills, freestyler Drew Wescoat and backstroker Guido Saccaggi. Despite the losses, the Lions have high hopes for their season. “I am hoping that my boys will finish in the top eight,” said head coach Jeremy Laird. … The girls team brings back the majority of last season’s core with Carrington BeVier and Tinsley Flint leading the charge while freshman Haley McInerny quickly has made a name for herself. McInerny already has broken the school’s record for the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 58:18. Last weekend, the Lions swam in the Twin Challenge with Duluth, Campbell and Kennesaw Mountain. The Lions ended up winning the meet with a score of 358 with the girls winning their event and the boys finishing in second. Next up for Peachtree Ridge is a meet against Brookwood on Dec. 3.