The Lady Mustangs finished third at county making some wonder what might have happened if Postoll, who was invited to attend a U.S. national team event in Colorado Springs, Colo., had been available. They may not have been able to catch Lassiter for second place, but it may have gotten a lot closer.
“Even with Becca out, every relay got faster,” Kennesaw Mountain coach David Reason said. “That’s what made me feel good about what they did. Nobody had a bad day. Sometime over the weekend, every girl had their best swim.”
The Lady Mustangs broke two school records at county with Alex Hart winning the diving competition with a new point total of 488.15 and Maddie Layde swimming 59.58 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly, which was good enough for fifth place.
Melissa Postoll came through individually for Kennesaw Mountain with wins in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke and joined Layde, Elizabeth Murray and Savannah Long in winning the 400 freestyle relay.
Walton won both the boys and girls meet on Saturday with Lassiter finishing second in each.
While the Lady Mustangs may have been expected to finish in third place, the North Cobb boys claiming third may have been a surprise.
In the water, the Warriors have competed well with Kennesaw Mountain and Harrison, which finished fourth and fifth in the county meet.
But, North Cobb’s advantage over the Mustangs and the Hoyas come from their divers. The Warriors have the edge in experienced divers, which helped propelled them to third place.
Two North Cobb divers finished in the top 10 at diving with Richard McConnell taking seventh and Craig Davenport finishing 10th. The Warriors also had Javar Williams finish 12th.
North Cobb had some solid performances in the races as well. Its 200 freestyle relay — Josh Smith, Jacob Clark, Richard Len and Thaddius Macon — finished second (1:30.02), less than a second shy of Walton. North Cobb also finished fifth in the 200 medley relay.
Individually for the Warriors, Smith took third in the 200 individual medley, Macon was sixth in the 50 freestyle and Eric Ramos and Stephen Taylor took sixth and seventh in the 100 breaststroke.
“It was a pretty big surprise,” North Cobb coach John Almy said. “I knew we could finish top five, but it was surprise that we finished top three and that’s the highest we been able to do for at least the last 10 years.”
While Lassiter’s boys got much of the attention for shattering new county records in Saturday’s finals, Allatoona junior Aja Malone set a new county record in the 100 butterfly with a new time of 55.18. Even though she said she started slow off the block, she made up for it on her turns.
“I’ve been going for that record since my freshman year and barely missed it last year so it feels good,” Malone said on breaking the butterfly record. “I’m really excited.”
Malone came less than a second shy of breaking the county record in the 50 freestyle, winning it in 23.75.
Other individual winners include Pope’s Katie Bell, who won the 500 freestyle as well as taking third in the 200 freestyle behind Melissa Postoll and Hillgrove’s Belle Berry.