Lady Raiders snap Lassiter’s title run
by Adam Carrington
acarrington@mdjonline.com
January 27, 2013 12:46 AM | 2995 views | 6 6 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jane Watts and her Walton teammates had the upper hand against Lassiter on Saturday, giving the Lady Raiders their first county title after a five-year dry spell.
<BR>Staff photo by Emily Barnes
Jane Watts and her Walton teammates had the upper hand against Lassiter on Saturday, giving the Lady Raiders their first county title after a five-year dry spell.
Staff photo by Emily Barnes
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MARIETTA — The Walton girls appeared to be in total control of the Cobb County Championships on Saturday, and they were on the brink of stopping Lassiter’s streak of championships over the last 13 years.  

But the Lady Trojans, who had won 13 of the past 14 county championships, weren’t going to depart Mountain View Aquatic Center quietly.

Lassiter went on a rapid surge late in the meet, and had Walton been disqualified in the meet-ending 400-yard freestyle relay, it would have pulled off the improbable comeback.

But Walton kept its composure and took fourth in the 400 freestyle relay, held off Lassiter and won the county title for the first time since 2008 with 574.5 points. Lassiter settled for second with 546.5.  

Kennesaw Mountain clinched the 400 freestyle relay to solidify its third-place finish with 402 points. Pope (313) was fourth and Hillgrove (243) rounded out the top five.

Even though Lassiter bested Walton in all three relays, the Lady Raiders controlled the early individual events, which ended up being the key to their success.

They did so by using depth to their advantage.

“We were improving our positions in the first half of the meet, and then we gradually started losing position, starting with the 500 (freestyle),” Walton coach Sharon Loughran said. “In the 400 freestyle relay, we knew we just had to finish it because a DQ would have cost us the meet.”    

Walton started gaining points in the 200 freestyle, with Mary Beckwith and Halle Friedman taking fourth and fifth, respectively. The Lady Raiders then outnumbered Lassiter in the 200 individual medley, with Kira de Bruyn and Jane Watts taking first and second and Sehyun Cho finishing eighth. The Lady Raiders were also loaded in the 100 butterfly, with de Bruyn, Cho and Olivia Winkler taking second, seventh and eighth.

The early events put Walton ahead by nearly 100 points going into the 500 freestyle, which was just over the halfway point of the meet.

After the 500 freestyle, Lassiter made its push.

It started with a victory in the 200 freestyle relay. In the 100 backstroke, Micaela Janco, Nicole Prendes and Ali Ramirez took second, fourth and fifth — ahead of the Walton swimmers. And Jordan Drake and Lauren O’Malley finished in the top two of the 100 breaststroke, with Lexi Glunn fourth, putting Lassiter in position to win the meet with only the 400 freestyle relay remaining.

“The girls had a late start, but they really came on strong at the end,” Lassiter coach Lauren Barnes said. “Our young girls stepped up (in the end), and I’m so proud.”    
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billybob14
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January 31, 2013
So Westies... how what cheese did you have with all the Whine?
anonymous
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January 28, 2013
Good grief!! And they say East Cobb parents are brats!! Why don't you chill out? First of all, Adam went to Roswell HS, 'Kell Parent.' Had he gone to Walton or Lassiter, he wouldn't have butchered the English language like you did, ending with coverage being 'so bais.'

Did it ever occur to any of you whiners that the meet ended late and this was the information that was available for the print deadline? Do all of you also realize it's the responsibility of the coaches to make sure the information is available to the reporter? It's not like the MDJ is devoting the entire sports section to this event. Mainly, because (and I hate to tell you this) NO ONE CARES. Maybe the parents and a handful of others, but other then that, you are the only ones who read the story.

I'm sure you're going to issue an apology to Mr. Carrington for writing another re-cap to the event that is in today's paper, right? We're waiting........
Kell Parent
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January 27, 2013
I completely agree with "Dissappointed Reader" and "West Cobb Parent" - an absolutely horrible job of reporting a County wide event. I recognize Lassiter and Walton's girs swim teams are very good. However, all results should be posted as a part of this article. The article mentions the 1st and 2nd place Lady Raiders in the 200 Indiv Medley, but a FRESHMAN from Kell finished in 3rd, Alexandria Ham. Also, other county records were broken in Saturday night's Finals, but no mention of that. Did Mr. Carrington attend Walton or Lassiter? Is that why coverage is so bais?
anngrives
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January 28, 2013
What about the diving competition? There was no mention of the girls or boys who placed for the county diving. Very disappointing to those athletes!
Disappointed Reader
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January 27, 2013
Such a poor review of this meet!!!! Did other girl teams besides Walton and Lassiter swim in this meet? As a west Cobb parent I am deeply disappointed with your "article". When a girl breaks a meet record in the 100 fly, congratulations A.Malone from Allatoona, and another is a double winner, congratulations M. Postoll from Kennesaw Mountain, and neither are mentioned demonstrates bias in your reporting and not very good journalism. Perhaps another reporter should be covering these meets.
West Cobb parent
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January 27, 2013
There were two swimmers from two different west Cobb teams that each won two individual events. It would be nice to see these girls recognized for their accomplishments.
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