It was a successful run for local programs at the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Swimming and Diving Championships on Feb. 9 at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta as the Centennial girls’ team brought home its first state title in program history.
The Knights finished with 329 points followed by Alpharetta in second with 263, Cambridge at 202 points and Johns Creek with 196. The grouping of Elly Deas, Katharine Ward, Tessa Sergile and Madline Singletary won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:46.71 and the 400 freestyle relay in 3:31.49 for Centennial. Rounding out the finish of the 400 freestyle relay was Alpharetta in second with the group of Alexandra Clark, Jenna Burnette, Sarah Kate Wilson and Cali Murray and Cambridge in third with the unit of Abigail Grottle, Lauren Jonsson, Claire Kerber and Jayla Brown. Ward brought home the 200 individual medley in 2:03.80 and was second in the 100 butterfly. Singletary won the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:56.59. Deas earned the 100 backstroke title in 56.00 seconds. Alpharetta’s Alicia Henry won the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.64.
The Johns Creek boys’ team won the Class AAAAAA with a score of 476.5 while Alpharetta was third at 348 points. The Gladiators’ 400 freestyle relay group which consisted of Chase Kennedy, Adrian Iannamico, Andrew Simmons and Ethan Davey won its event in 3:05.34. Alpharetta was third with swimmers Charles Lu, Phillip, Kuznetsov, Liam Clarke and Andy Cross representing the Raiders. Johns Creek also brought home first in the 200 medley with a time of 1:33.09 featuring swimmers Samuel Song, Davey, Iannamico and Simmons. Iannamico won the 100 backstroke in 48.99 seconds. Cambridge’s Matthew Gaines won the 200 free in 1:40.67. Cam Aurebach of Northview earned the 100 butterfly in 48.38 seconds.
Blessed Trinity’s boys’ team placed fourth in the Class 4A-5A competition won by St. Pius X. Titans’ swimmer Dillon Downing won two individual titles in the 50 freestyle (19.86 seconds) and 100 freestyle (43.63 seconds).
Wesleyan girls’ team finished fourth in the Class A-3A competition won by Westminster. Wolves’ swimmer Hannah Wasmuth won the 100 backstroke competition in 56.49.
Wesleyan saw its boys’ team place third in its competition also won by Westminster.
The GHSA Basketball State Championships will begin on Feb. 15 with the first round of action. The boys’ Class AAAAAAA competition features Milton which is the top seed from Region 5AAAAAAA. The Eagles will host Archer. Roswell is also in the postseason as the third seed from Region 4AAAAAAA and will visit Lowndes. The Class AAAAAA bracket features two teams from Region 7AAAAAA. Cambridge is a top seed and will host Creekview while third-seeded Chattahoochee visits Sprayberry. The Class AAAA playoffs includes Denmark, the top seed from Region 7AAAA, hosting Ridgeland and Blessed Trinity, the third seed from the same region, visiting Heritage (Catoosa).
In girls’ basketball, there will be three local teams from Region 7AAAAAA in the Class AAAAAA bracket. Northview is the top seed from the region and hosts Dalton, Alpharetta is the second seed and will have a home contest against Sequoyah and Johns Creek visits Harrison as the fourth seed. Roswell is the second seed from its region and hosts Lowndes in the first round.
The Class A Private playoff bracket wasn’t announced at press time with local programs Wesleyan, Fellowship Christian, Mount Pisgah Christian, King’s Ridge and St. Francis in contention for the postseason.
The GHSA Traditional Wrestling State Championships will begin on Feb. 13 in Macon as well this week.