In the boys 13-14 100 yard freestyle, Thomas Locke won in a time of 49.76 seconds, which broke the previous mark of 50.57 set by Nick Markey in 1992. The Kennesaw Mountain swimmer also broke the 50 backstroke record with a time of 25.46, which bested the previous mark of 25.62 set by Miller Douglas in 2004.
Locke was also the third leg of Brookstone Country Club’s winning 200 individual medley relay team, and was the anchor leg on its 200 freestyle relay victory as well.
Representing their neighborhood swim teams, swimmers in this weekend’s event, which continues with ages 9-12 today and ages 5-8 on Sunday, are looking and earn a spot in the Georgia Parks and Recreation Association state meet, which will take place July 22-23 at Lakeshore Natatorium in Carrollton.
Jackson Marine, a Lassiter swimmer, broke the 50 backstroke record in the 15-18 division with a time of 23.97, which was previously set by Neil Savage in 2003 with a time of 24.65. Marine also won the 50 freestyle in a time of 21.95, but fell just three-tenths of a second short of the record.
Walton’s Kira deBruyn set a meet record in the girls 13-14 50 backstroke in a time of 29.02 seconds, smashing the previous best mark set by Julie Manitt in 1995 by nearly 2 seconds. DeBruyn also won the 100 individual medley.
Outside of Friday’s record-setters, there were four other swimmers that won more than one event — not including Locke, Marine and deBruyn.
Elizabeth Pitts won the 100 freestyle (55.53) and 50 freestyle (25.31) in the 15-18 girls division, Madison McConnell won the 50 freestyle (26.22) and 50 butterfly (28.64) in the girls 13-14 division, Pope’s Jordan Turner won the 50 breaststroke (27.25) and 100 individual medley (53.14) in the boys 15-18 division and North Cobb’s Julie Storch won the 50 backstroke (27.97) and 50 butterfly (26.97) in the girls 15-18 division.
In the evening’s relay races, the Brookstone and Saddlebrook swim teams each won two events. Brookstone’s 200 medley relay team won in a time of 2:06:09 in the boys 13-14 division, with Matthew Norton, Matthew Heine, Locke and Alex Landry leading the way. The same four earned first place in the 200 freestyle relay as well with a time of 1:50.49.
Saddlebrook’s team wins came in the 200 medley relay (2:10.29) and the 200 freestyle relay (1:55.66) in the girls 13-14 division. Both teams featured Jessica Carter, McConnell, Gabby Milani and Molly Layde.