Swimming: Brookwood, Westminster split dual meet

By Ricky Dimon

Score Atlanta

Two of the best teams and most storied programs in Georgia squared off last Tuesday when Brookwood paid a visit to Westminster for a dual showdown. The girls’ meet pit two recent state champions against each other (Brookwood triumphed in Class AAAAA in 2012 while Westminster captured titles in AAAA-A in 2012 and AAAAA-A in 2013). Living up to expectations, the head-to-head contest saw the Broncos edge the host Wildcats 159-153. Brookwood junior Anna Jahns won the 200-yard freestyle, finished second in the 100 backstroke and raced the first leg for a victorious 200 freestyle relay team. Maddie Downs of Westminster won the 50 freestyle, the 100 freestyle and swam on winning relay foursomes in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle.
 Westminster’s boys salvaged the day with a win by almost the exact same margin (156-149) in a battle between two squads that have combined for nine state championships (six for Westminster, three for Brookwood) in the past 11 years. The Wildcats were led by brothers Derek and Erek Cox, who fueled two victorious relays (200 freestyle and 400 freestyle) and won two individual events (Derek in the 100 butterfly and Erek in the 100 breaststroke). 
 Wesleyan took care of business at home against West Forsyth last Friday, winning the girls’ meet 216-90 and the boys’ meet 208-87. Caroline White won the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle for the Lady Wolves, who also got individual victories from Sarah O’Kelley, Gabby Hernandez, Camille Roy, Ellie Bradach and Lillie Baker. Luke Hedrick paced the Wesleyan boys with a win in the 50 freestyle, the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. Daniel Jenkins of West Forsyth won the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly.
 Last weekend’s Clody Invitational at Norcross High School was not a scored competition, but it gave swimmers and divers a chance to post personal-best marks. Parkview certainly did not disappoint as a team, as its boys won every single event—diving, three relays and all of the individual races. Jake Tillery swam to victory in the 200 individual medley, the 100 backstroke, the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. Parkview’s girls won all three relays and Jamie Freking prevailed in the 100 backstroke. Shiloh sophomore Nyota Edjidjimo dominated the 200 individual medley by more than six seconds and the 100 butterfly by almost four seconds.
 Meanwhile, Georgia’s high school cross country season is continuing this Saturday in San Diego, Calif. Kathryn Foreman of Lithia Springs, a sophomore at Landmark Christian School, is the state’s lone representative at the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championship. Foreman captured this year’s Class A Private individual state title with a time of 18:42. She then went to Charlotte, N.C. for the South Region Championship, needing a top 10 finish to qualify for nationals. Foreman did it, placing eighth in 17:19. She is the first Georgia runner to qualify for the National Championship since First Presbyterian Day’s Grace Tinkey accomplished the feat in 2011.

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