Swimming and diving: Parkview girls draw twice over break

By Ricky Dimon

Score Atlanta

Parkview has been no stranger to thrilling swim meets, as 2014 began in similar fashion to the conclusion of 2013. Just prior to winter break, the Panthers battled Collins Hill on Dec. 20 at Norcross. The girls tied 157-157 while Parkview’s boys edged the Eagles 162-153. Panther seniors Megan Reeves and Megan Yang combined to win four individual events and also teamed up to win the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay. The boys were led by freshman Bradley Downs, who prevailed in the 200 freestyle, the 100 butterfly and the 200 freestyle relay.

Improbably, the Parkview girls swam to another tie last Saturday against Lambert. Both teams accumulated 151 points. This time, though, the Panther boys had an easier time of things and rolled over the Longhorns 212-93. Morgan Fleming paced the Lady Panthers with triumphs in the 50 freestyle, the 100 freestyle, the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay. For Parkview’s boys, Gregory Paulukaitis won the 100 freestyle and the 200 freestyle.

Wesleyan prepared for in-state competitions later this month against Collins Hill and Greater Atlanta Christian with a Dec. 20 meet against Girls Preparatory School and McCallie (both based in Chattanooga, Tenn.). The Lady Wolves fell to GPS 161-142 and the boys were defeated by McCallie 202-106. Wesleyan got individual victories from Caroline White in the 50 freestyle, Taylor Panther in girls’ one-meter diving and Kayla Raabe in the 100 backstroke.

Chattahoochee triplets Jay, Kevin and Mick Litherland were in action last month at the Winter Junior National Championships in Greensboro, N.C. In the 500 freestyle final, Jay placed third, Kevin came in sixth and Mick was 20th. Kevin won the grueling 1650 freestyle in 14:58, eight seconds better than the runner-up finisher. Jay also powered his way to a ninth-place showing in the 200 backstroke and second-place performances in the 200 and 400 individual medleys, while Mick finished second in the 200 butterfly. Kevin was seventh in the 400 individual medley. All three of them teamed up to help win the 4×200 freestyle relay.

As the temperature drops this week, action in the pools will heat up with the reopening of schools after break. Woodward’s boys and girls will host Marist’s boys and girls on Thursday. Lovett is hosting Pope and Whitefield Academy while St. Pius is facing Dunwoody at Chamblee High School. On Friday, Westminster’s boys will welcome McCallie to town while the girls go up against Girls Preparatory School.

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January 8th, 2014
8:19 pm

Kevin won the grueling 1650 freestyle in 14:58, eight seconds better than the runner-up finisher.

His time is 28th all time for 18 and under in the US. Pretty impressive. Congrats!


January 12th, 2014
2:05 pm

Wooodward girls squeak out a one point victory, although somewhat tarnished by a questionable DQ of the 200 IM race winner for illegal backstroke arm motion…despite the fact that the same swimmer competed at junior nationals with the same routine stroke motion and was not DQ’d even with a dedicated national level judge standing at the end or her lane watching the entire race…


January 12th, 2014
9:26 pm

I have a good friend who is a swim official who was also at that meet and he said it was a REALLY sketchy call…like the judge called DQ then had to try to make something up real fast to justify it. He said before the meet Woodward was expecting to win in a runaway, but when the meet was a lot closer than they thought the judge in question may have decided to take matters into their own hands.
Up here in Buford we usually expect to see such shenanigans only on the football field when playing on the road…didn’t know swimming was that cut-throat!