Raiders go deep with extensive roster
by Adam Carrington
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Walton’s Jack Gunning, left, shakes the hand of one of his competitors at the county meet Saturday. Gunning was a two-time winner, helping fuel the Raiders’ title run.
<BR>Staff photo by Todd Hull
Walton’s Jack Gunning, left, shakes the hand of one of his competitors at the county meet Saturday. Gunning was a two-time winner, helping fuel the Raiders’ title run.
Staff photo by Todd Hull
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MARIETTA — It was Walton’s show from start to finish.

With depth and victories in most of the events, the Raiders dominated the Cobb County Championships on Saturday at Mountain View Aquatic Center.

Walton finished with 601 points, beating Lassiter by a 126-point margin. Kennesaw Mountain was third at 329, with Harrison fourth at 299.

The Raiders took charge by winning two of the three relays, and they claimed every individual event except the 50- and 100-yard freestyles and the 100 breaststroke.

“We’ve been looking forward to this meet all season,” said Walton distance freestylist Jack Gunning. “It’s amazing. We can’t explain how happy we are. It’s definitely our depth that helped us win these meet. It’s not just one or two swimmers. It’s our whole team

Gunning won both distance freestyle events, winning the 200 in 1 minute, 42.51 seconds and the 500 in 4:38.50. He was even with Pope’s Landon Bennett on the first 13 turns of the 500 before beginning to inch away and eventually win by more than a body’s length.

Other individual winners for Walton included Thomas Kelley (200 individual medley, 1:59.58) and David Dingess (100 butterfly, 50.46).

The 100 backstroke put the meet out of reach for Walton. Mark Keaveney and Dingess finished first and second with times of 52.03 and 52.73, respectively, while Nicholas Froemming and Reese Gutherie were seventh and 10th.

Although Walton didn’t win the 50 freestyle, it saw Keaveney and Jacob Williams finish third and fourth with respective times of 21.98 and 22.45. Distance swimmers Stephen Lane and Tyler Yuen also helped in the 500 freestyle, finishing fifth and ninth overall in 4:56.07 and 5:02.03.

Lassiter’s highlight came when it won the 200 freestyle relay behind the team of David Whitehead, David Yap, Zach Marshall and Colin Riley, the last of whom rallied the Trojans in the final leg for a time of 1:28.74.

Lassiter couldn’t win any individual events, but it did come close. Riley was second in the 50 freestyle (21.51), as was Marshall in the 200 freestyle (1:45.51).

Marietta’s Tyler Harper won the 50 and 100 freestyles in 21.36 and 46.76, respectively. He had to come from behind in the final 25 yards to win the 100.

North Cobb’s Thaddeus Macon won the 100 breaststroke as the No. 6 seed, with a school-record time of 59.67.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I was completely surprised. I couldn’t believe it.”
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