It was another banner campaign for local programs at the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Swimming and Diving State Championships at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta Feb. 9.
Westminster saw its boys’ and girls’ team both win the Class A-AAA state titles in their respective competitions.
“It was a great day for our program and our school,” Wildcats’ swimming and diving head coach Sharon Loughran said. “All of our hard work came to fruition. It was fun to watch the swimmers and the divers work the process, trust the process and trust each other. It is always a great accomplishment to win a state championship. We are grateful for our performance and the opportunity to represent the school with a state championship.”
The Wildcats’ boys’ team placed first with 572 points for its 26th state championship. Wesleyan was third at 205.50 points. Westminster won the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1 minute, 34.30 seconds featuring the group of Miles Clayton, Savaan Shah, Daniel Barra and Cole Hinkes for All-America consideration. Atlanta International School (AIS) saw its team of Christian Porter, Rodrigo Villagomez, Nicholas Goudie and Jack MacQuillan place second in the event at 1:39.45. Westminster picked up another relay win in the 200 freestyle in 1:24.70 and earned All-America honors with the group of Connor Hinkes, Cole Hinkes, Donovan Mitchell and Grayson Harralson. The Wildcats rounded out their relay wins with a first-place mark in the 400 freestyle with the team of Dylan Vroom, Peter Bernot, Connor Hinkes and Harralson posting a mark of 3:07.95 for All-America consideration. AIS finished second in 3:17.33 featuring Benjamin Lonial, Doruk Beduk, Goudie and MacQuillan.
Goudie earned All-America honors and took home the 50 freestyle for AIS in 20.40 seconds while Connor Hinkes was second in 21.12. Goudie also won the 100 butterfly in 49.61 for All-America consideration. Pace’s Charlie Kaye won two individual events. The first one was the 100 freestyle in 45.33 for All-America consideration, with Harralson finishing third at 46.48. The second event was the 100 backstroke in 49.35 for All-America honors.
Spence Pearson of Holy Innocents’ won the one-meter diving title with 559.20 points with Westminster’s Grady Thomas (553.70 points) and Wesleyan’s Jacob Price (472.70 points) rounding out the top three. Galloway’s Nolan Shields was third in the 200 individual medley.
Westminster’s girls’ team won its 23rd state title with 445 points, with Wesleyan placing fourth at 227 points.
The Wildcats’ 200 freestyle relay unit of Gigi Johnson, Samantha Bertschi, Annie Jardina and Eliza Normark won its race with a time of 1:34.89 to earn All-America honors. The same grouping also won the 400 freestyle relay team in 3:26.85 for additional All-America status. Lovett finished third in the race at 3:47.91 featuring Ivey Smith, M.K. Schmersal, Mina Derebail and Avery Bargeron.
Johnson earned individual All-America status with her win in the 200 individual medley at 1:59.87, followed by Wesleyan’s Hannah Wasmuth (2:05.56) and Pace’s Erin Hood (2:08.03) rounding out the top three. Johnson also won the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.09 for All-America consideration. Wasmuth took home the 100 backstroke crown in 56.49.
Holy Innocents’ swimmer Abby Pilkerton earned All-America honors by winning two individual events, the 200 freestyle in 1:47.06 and 100 freestyle in 50.14. Elizabeth Kaye of Pace won the one-meter diving competition with 611.45 points.
The 200 medley relay, which was won by Greater Atlanta Christian (1:46.64), saw the Wesleyan grouping of Carson Schiller, Jessie Parish, Amber Mathis and Wasmuth place second (1:50.79) and Westminster’s team of Virginia Hatcher, Mary Claire Anderson, Amy Zhao and Cecie Bassett finish third (1:52.47). Parish and Jardina placed second and third respectively in the 50 freestyle. Bargeron was second and Parish placed third in the 100 butterfly. Bertschi was third in the 500 freestyle.
St. Pius X saw its boys’ team won its third consecutive state title and fourth overall with a score of 364 points, while Woodward Academy was second at 280.50 points.
The Golden Lions’ 400 freestyle relay team of Ian Grum, Henry Halloran, Noah Daniels and Blake Reynolds won its event with a time of 3:10.40. Woodward placed second at 3:11.17 with the unit of Harrison Barnard, Jacob Willis, Enuel Abdul-Salaam and Henry Nichols.
Grum won the 200 freestyle in 1:38.10 and 500 freestyle in 4:26.38 to earn All-America status in both events.
Woodward’s grouping of Jelani Durley, Abdul-Salaam, Willis and Barnard finished second in the 200 medley relay in 1:36.22. The War Eagles also placed second in the 200 freestyle with the unit of Trevor Muirhead, Abdul-Salaam, Willis and Nicholas at 1:27.03. Reynolds earned All-America status with a second-place finish in the 50 freestyle at 20.46.
Marist’s Quinn Harron placed second in the 200 individual medley at 1:51.04 for All-America consideration. He was also third in the 100 breaststroke. Brandon Rice of Riverwood was second in the one-meter diving event with 592.10 points. Reynolds and Abdul-Salaam were second and third, respectively, in the 100 freestyle. Barnard was third in the 100 backstroke.
St. Pius X’s girls’ team placed second in the Class 4A-5A competition with 256 points, only trailing Chamblee’s mark of 262 points.
Golden Lions swimmer Riley Hendrix won the 100 backstroke in 55.77 for All-America consideration. Teammate Abby Cohen took home first in the 500 freestyle at 5:01.80 and second in the 200 individual medley at 2:05.47.
Riverwood diver Haley Allen won the one-meter competition with 490.40 points followed by Marist’s Lauren Henderson with 475.55 points.
The St. Pius X 400 freestyle relay team of Tyler Feild, Samantha Feild, Cohen and Hendrix was third. The Golden Lions’ unit of Anna Maloof, Georgia Brieske, Tyler Feild and Hendrix were third as well in the 200 freestyle.
North Atlanta diver Drew Sheldon won the Class AAAAAA competition with a score of 506.75, more than double the mark of second-place finisher Alex Scott of Harrison with 224.85 points.