By Stephen Black
Walton won both the boys and girls Cobb County swimming championships over the weekend at Mountain View Aquatic Center. The Raiders also won the overall meet with a combined score of 1,094.5, ahead of second-place Lassiter’s 1,029.5. Walton won the girls meet 574.5 to 546.5 over Lassiter and 520-483 in the boys meet.
At total of 17 schools took part in the meet, including both public and private schools. Kennesaw Mountain came in third in girls and fourth in boys while North Cobb finished third in the boys meet and Pope came in fourth in the girls meet.
Lassiter won four of six relays to propel into a second-place finish overall and in the girls meet. The Trojans also saw four swimmers win two events each, including Zach Bunner (100 backstroke, 100 butterfly), Jimmy Yoder (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle), Daniel Bridgers (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle) and Jordan Drake (100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle). Walton’s Nathan Hufnagle won the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke while Allatoona’s Aja Malone took the girls 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Kennesaw Mountain was led by Melissa Postoll who won the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle.
In DeKalb, Lakeside won the girls title and the overall meet while Chamblee won the boys meet and came in second in the combined standings. A total of 14 teams competed at the met, held at the Dynamo swimming club, and all were public schools. Dunwoody finished runner-up in the girls meet and third in the boys meet and overall. Lakeside was second in the boys while Chamblee finished third in the girls meet.
Chamblee’s win in the boys meet broke a nine-year streak by Lakeside as county boys champs. The Bulldogs won six of the 12 events. Tucker’s Cash DeLoache, a sophomore, set the county record in the boys 100 butterfly (50.90) and 100 backstroke (52.52). Lakeside won all three relays in the girls meet and five of the 12 overall events. It is the Lady Vikings’ second consecutive county title.
Parkview won the combined meet and the boys championship and Mill Creek won the girls meet at the Gwinnett County Championships Saturday at the West Gwinnett Aquatic Center. The Panthers won overall 1,576.5 over Mill Creek’s 1,535.5 and the boys meet 932.5 to Collins Hill’s 799.5. In the girls meet, Mill Creek totaled 972 while Brookwood had 852.5. Brookwood took third overall and fourth in the boys meet. North Gwinnett came in third in each meet, but fourth overall out of the 18 teams that participated, all public schools.
Westminster swept the 43rd Metro Swimming and Diving Championships over the weekend in Buckhead. The host Wildcats won the boys meet with 180 points and the girls meet with 233. Marist came in second overall and was followed by Milton, Northview and Woodward Academy. A total of 25 teams converged on Westminster for the event, which featured programs from Fulton County and beyond, with some programs like Colquitt County visiting from a different part of the state.
Two Westminster swimmers won multiple events, with senior Nicole Stafford taking the 100 backstroke (56.11) and the 200 freestyle (1:50.79) and Jamie Christy winning the 100 breaststroke (1:05.84) and 200 IM (2:08.44). Rachel Koch of Wesleyan won the 100 butterfly (58.37) for the Wolves, who came in fifth in the girls meet and sixth overall. Westminster was aided by its winning four relay races, including the girls 400 freestyle (3:32.37), the boys 400 freestyle (3:15.80), the girls 200 medley (1:49.54) and the girls 200 freestyle (1:38.88).
Etowah’s girls squad won the Cherokee County meet for the seventh year in a row and the overall meet with 570 total points. Woodstock won the boys meet with 253 points and took second overall.
Most teams will take the weekend off to prepare for the state championships, which are held on Feb. 8-9 at Georgia Tech.