HS swimming poll: Marist girls take over No. 1 spot

By Score Atlanta

The Walton Raiders continue to climb up in both Class AAAAAA polls after sweeping the Cobb Quads held at the Cobb Aquatic Center over the weekend. The No. 6 Walton boys defeated No. 2 Lassiter by 100 points to take the boys event while the No. 3 girls beat out No. 4 Kennesaw Mountain and No. 7 Lassiter.

The Wesleyan boys moved up to Class A-AAAAA No. 2 after taking out Class AAAAAA No. 9 Chattahoochee in a recent meet. No. 1 Marist remained after taking out Class AAAAAA No. 3 Brookwood and Class A-AAAAA No. 3 Westminster in the Maddy Brown Invitational at Emory. The Wesleyan girls also prevailed and moved up to No. 6. The new No. 1 in girls Class A-AAAAA is Marist, who edged out Westminster in the Maddy Brown Invitational. Class AAAAAA No. 2 Brookwood finished fifth.

The No. 9 Rome girls moved up a spot in the Class A-AAAAA poll after yet another victory. The Rome boys also won a competition against Douglas County and Lithia Springs to move into the polls at No. 10.

Johns Creek checks into the latest AAAAAA boys poll at No. 8.

AAAAAA BOYS

1. Parkview

2. Lassiter

3. Brookwood

4. Alpharetta

5. Milton

6. Walton

7. North Gwinnett

8. Johns Creek

9. Chattahoochee

10. Dacula

AAAAAA GIRLS

1. Parkview

2. Brookwood

3. Walton

4. Kennesaw Mountain

5. Peachtree Ridge

6. Etowah

7. Lassiter

8. Mill Creek

9. North Gwinnett

10. Archer

A-AAAAA BOYS

1. Marist

2. Wesleyan

3. Westminster

4. Dalton

5. Sequoyah

6. St. Pius X

7. Woodward Academy

8. Oconee County

9. Pope

10. Rome

A-AAAAA GIRLS

1. Marist

2. Westminster

3. Woodward Academy

4. St. Pius X

5. North Paulding

6. Wesleyan

7. Pope

8. Calvary Day

9. Rome

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3 comments Add your comment

larrydrew

December 17th, 2012
9:42 pm

AAAAA should probably compete with AAAAAA, with A-AAAA being the other group. Eventually maybe three groups each with two classifications…the championship meets would not be so horribly long and more kids from smaller schools could compete with some hope of scoring. As it stands now it is pretty much just the metro area year-round club swimmers who score points, with a few here and there from other parts of the state. Westminster as usual stronger at the very top, but Marist has more depth. That depth advantage gets diluted somewhat at State finals, which is why Westminster fights like mad to keep the GHSA scoring from expanding from top 16 to top 20, even when there are ten competition lanes available for finals.

lexi3

December 20th, 2012
11:28 am

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lexi3

December 20th, 2012
11:29 am

Shifting 5A schools to the 6A championship likely wouldn’t change the balance of power. Current and traditional powers St. Pius and Woodward are 3A, Westminster and Wesleyan are 2A and Marist is a 2A size school voluntarily swimming up in 4A.
Larrydrew is spot on concerning the Westminster girls team, in particular. Wonder how they will feel when their current group of girl all-star swimmers, top heavy in the senior class, graduate at the end of the year.