Despite setting new state-meet lows in the 400-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly, and Jimmy Yoder playing a part in four state titles of his own, the Trojans had to settle for third place with 211 points, behind Parkview (234) and Chattahoochee (226).
Walton was the only other top-10 finisher from Cobb County, taking eighth with 123 points.
Lassiter not having a top-notch breaststroker seemed to be the issue. The Trojans were in second place going into the 100 breaststroke, the penultimate event of the meet, but their lack of swimmers in the discipline dropped them to third.
Parkview, meanwhile, capitalized on the breaststroke, with its swimmers finishing second, fourth and ninth — accounting for 41 points toward the Panthers’ score.
Lassiter missed breaststrokers in last year’s state meet, and it had to settle for second to the same Parkview team.
“The breaststroke is our Achilles’ heel,” Lassiter coach Lauren Barnes said.
Still, the Trojans succeeded just about everywhere else.
Yoder, a Stanford signee, ended an impeccable high school career by winning the 100 butterfly with a new record time of 48.16 seconds. He later joined with Zach Bunner, Daniel Bridgers and Zach Marshall to clinch the 400 freestyle relay with a record time of 3:06.12.
The same foursome nearly broke another record in its 200 freestyle relay victory (1:24.87), missing the state record by .02 seconds.
In Yoder’s 100 butterfly win, he took charge from the start, beating Harrison’s Connor Oslin by nearly 2 seconds.
“This feels awesome,” Yoder said. “Stuff like this is what working as a team is all about. We’ve been working and grinding all year, and it’s finally showing as a team.”
Yoder also locked up the state title in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:37.49. He jumped in front after the takeoff and was ahead by a body’s length halfway through the race.
Bunner, who will be swimming at Virginia next fall, also was a two-time state champion for Lassiter.
He entered the 200 individual medley as the sixth seed, and rallied to win it in 1:50.51. He gained a body’s length over his competition in the backstroke leg and held off Parkview’s Geoffrey Parker in the freestyle leg to win by .30 seconds.
Other key performances for Lassiter were Bridgers’ sixth-place finish in the 50 freestyle (21.56) and Marshall taking sixth in the 100 freestyle (47.31).
On the diving board, Jack Bentley took sixth for Lassiter with 324.45 points. He had stiff competition from Parkview’s Ben Warren, who won with 349.25 points, and Campbell’s David Bullock, who was second (340.10).
Walton produced stronger results this season after two disqualifications in the relays took it out of the top 10 a year ago.
The Raiders were fourth in the 200 medley (1:36.92), ninth in the 400 freestyle (3:12.56) and 12th in the 200 freestyle (1:30.18).
Nathan Hufnagel led Walton individually by taking third in the 100 breaststroke (57.68) and fourth in the 200 IM (1:52.11). Jack Gunning was fifth in the 500 freestyle (4:33.99) and took sixth in the 200 freestyle (1:41.86).
Pope had difficulty getting swimmers into the Saturday’s finals of the Class A-AAAAA meet had had to settle for 22nd overall.
Dalton clinched the title with 192 points, while Westminster was second (173).
Landon Bennett was solid for Pope in the distance events, finishing fourth in the 500 freestyle (4:44.38) and 11th in the 200 freestyle (1:47.53).
Pope’s 400 freestyle relay team was 13th (3:24.29).
Kell’s divers helped solidify its 23rd-place showing. Freshman Anthony Musciano (third) and Austin Rives (fifth) produced all-American scores of 419.80 and 393.95 points, respectively.
North Cobb Christian was 46th overall, led by Matthew Clark’s 11th-place finish in the 500 freestyle (4:51.51) and 16th-place time in the 200 freestyle (1:48.73).