Cobb Relays a sweep by Walton
by Adam Carrington
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David Whitehead and his Lassiter teammates were on the losing end of  Saturday’s Cobb Relays, dropping both team titles to archrival Walton.
<BR>Staff photo by Todd Hull
David Whitehead and his Lassiter teammates were on the losing end of Saturday’s Cobb Relays, dropping both team titles to archrival Walton.
Staff photo by Todd Hull
MARIETTA — Walton may be ahead of the game when it comes to figuring out its relay teams.

Its boys and girls squads combined to win 11 events, grinded out five second-place finishes and went on to win the Cobb Relays on Saturday at Mountain View Aquatic Center.

The Lady Raiders needed to fight off Lassiter before securing the girls title with 128 points. The Lady Trojans were second with 120, and Kennesaw Mountain was a distant third with 90.

The Walton boys had an easier time, winning with 288 points to put them at a safe margin in front Lassiter (236). Kennesaw Mountain was third at 208.

Walton and Lassiter each won four events in the girls competition, but Walton also had four second-place finishes to Lassiter’s three.

In the eight-swimmer 200-yard freestyle relay, Walton was first with a time of 1 minute, 37.14, while the Lady Trojans had to settle for sixth. Gabbie Gauntt, Anna Marino, Kate Beauchamp and Alyssa Horacek headed the eight-swimmer team for Walton.

The Lady Raiders also won the 200 backstroke (Johanna Keeline, Channing Hans, Kira de Bruyn, Mary Beckwith) in 1:53.77. Beckwith and de Bruyn teamed with Halle Friedman and Jane Watts to win the 400 medley (4:13.60), and de Bruyn, Olivia Winkler, Sehyun Cho and Lindsay Akers won the 200 butterfly relay (1:51.88).

“I’m excited to see our younger swimmers step up,” Walton coach Mary Howell Hafner said. “Anna and Gabbie swam outstanding, and so did sophomore Lindsay Akers.”

While Walton edged the Lassiter girls overall, the Lady Trojans won the three main relays that will count toward the county and state meets.

Ali Ramirez, Lauren O’Malley, Anna Lofton and Allison Nastasi won the 200 medley (1:52.08), Lofton, Nastasi, O’Malley and Dakota Werner won the 200 freestyle (1:42.07) and Werner, Lofton, Lexi Glunn and Kelli Croft clinched the 400 freestyle (3:46.80).

“We got first in the regular relays, so we’re in a really good place,” Lassiter coach Bethany Hughes said.

The Walton boys won seven of eight events to seal the team title by a decisive margin.

Mark Keaveney, Thomas Kelley, Nick Froemming and David Dingess won the 200 medley (1:39.89) and 400 medley (3:39.06). Jack Gunning swam in Kelley’s place to help Walton win the 200 backstroke in 1:37.97.

Froemming, Kelley, Stephen Lane and Tyler Yuen clinched the 200 freestyle (1:31.53), and the team of Kelly, Max Zhou, Austin George and Cody Pitts won the 200 breaststroke (2:01.45).

The Raiders wrapped it up with a win in the 200 butterfly (Dingess, Yuen, Gunning, Froemming) in 1:40.14 and the 400 freestyle (Keaveney, Yuen, Gunning, Lane) in 3:17.84.

The lone boys race Walton came up short in was the eight-man 200 freestyle. Kennesaw Mountain in 1:28.09, led by Cullan Sherlock, Brad Nichols, Daniel Frisbie and Nathan Lindler.

“We have not only depth, but top depth,” Howell Hafner said. “We have enough depth to cover each leg of our relays with strength.”

Harrison accounted for both of the mixed relays.

The Hoyas won the 200 medley in 1:50.26 behind Erin Valle, Olivia Jacobi, Connor Maggio and Alec Mau. Jaret Hickey, Chris Contreras, Emily Hotinger and Madison McConnell took the 200 freestyle in 1:41.70.

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