His time of 1 minute, 53.82 seconds in the long-course race broke a 7-year-old record set by Nicolas Kintz, and was less than a second shy of a 2012 Olympic trial cut. The Georgia-bound swimmer, who won a state title for Etowah in the 200 individual medley, managed to stay in front of Stingrays teammate and Lassiter standout Jimmy Yoder, who finished second with a time of 1:54.20.
"The power went out right before, so I was kind of nervous (before the race)," Cohen said on the delay, which lasted about 15 minutes. "I felt good and was happy with the race, and I'm confident that, next time, I'll get that Olympic trial cut."
Cohen went on to win two more races. He clinched the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.55 after surviving a close race with the Marietta Marlins' Drew Onken (1:08.10) - a Walker graduate - and then went on to clock in at 4:43.14 to win the 400 IM.
Cohen's Etowah and Stingray teammate, Taylor Weiss, emerged victorious in the 100 butterfly (1:04.26), holding off teammate Sammie Bosma, who took second in 1:04.48.
The Stingrays' Rebecca Postoll (girls 13-14) continues to have a stellar long-course season after breaking a pair of 32-year-old records at the Ohio Valley Championships a month ago in the 100 and 400 freestyles, marks previously held by former Olympic champion Mary Meagher.
The rising Kennesaw Mountain freshman won the 200 freestyle in 2:07.80 and won the 400 IM in 5:16.14.
Other Stingray winners included former Lassiter standout Shannon O'Malley. The Georgia-bound swimmer won the 100 breaststroke in 1:16.20.
"It was good racing," Stingrays coach Ian Goss said. "That's what we wanted them to do (Friday) - get up for a race - and it was very good. I thought Alec and Jimmy on their 200 freestyle did very well. I thought the girls 100 fly looked good with Taylor and Samantha, and Becca, being a 14-year-old, had a really good swim in the free as well."
The Marietta Marlins had a successful meet behind Griffin Garratt, who won two events. The boys 13-14 swimmer clinched the 100 butterfly in 1:00.03 and 400 IM in 3:56.67.
Other Marlins winners were former Pope standout Anna Neumeister in the 400 IM (5:03.41), Stephanie Peters in the 200 freestyle (2:06.11), Britheny Joassaint prevailed in the girls 11-12 200 IM (2:39.29) and Caitlin Oh in the 11-12 200 backstroke (2:37.91).
For Chattahoochee Gold, former Kennesaw Mountain standout Michael Arnold, who currently swims for Georgia, won the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.31.
Woodstock resident Lauren Case took control of the girls 13-14 100 butterfly and won with a time of 1:04.53. Other Gold winners include Emma Murray, who won the girls 13-14 100 breaststroke in 1:17.32 and the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:05.23.
Giovanni Oliva, who swims in the boys 11-12 division for the Gold, won the 200 backstroke in 2:35.41 with teammates Joey Young, Jonathan Young and Matt Eget taking second, third and fourth, respectively.