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Parkview swimmers back on top

The Collins Hill boys came up big.

They dominated in diving. Jared Robinson won the 50 and 100 freestyle and Nat Emmett was first in the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. The Eagles' 200 freestyle relay set a county meet record.

But Parkview came up equally big, and the Panthers' depth pushed them back atop the county boys swimming peak again on Saturday night. Collins Hill had won the past two county titles - breaking a string of 11 straight by the Parkview boys - but it was the Lilburn power that claimed the championship again this past

weekend.

By doing so, the Parkview boys solidified their spot as one of the favorites for a state title going into the state meet in two weeks. Collins Hill also has won the past two state titles, which broke the Panthers' run of four state championships. Since AAAAA was added in the 2000-2001 school year, only Parkview and Collins Hill have won the state title.

"They really swam well (Saturday)," Parkview coach Jack Gayle said, "they all swam very well."

Parkview won the 200 medley relay in 1 minute, 40.09 seconds and also took the boys 400 free relay in 3:16.81. Mason Ruffing was a two-time county champion with first-place finishes in the 200 free and 100 butterfly, where he edged brother Andrew in a 1-2 finish.

Teammates Matthew Odom and Collin Burchins were second and third in the 200 IM, and Odom tied Emmett for first in the 100 breast at 59.61. Kyle Newhouse added a runner-up swim in the 500 free and John Tait was third in the 100 backstroke.

The Panthers also stood atop the combined boys and girls standings with 1,062 points, edging runner-up Collins Hill's 926. Brookwood was third at 859, easily ahead of fourth-place North Gwinnett's 514.

Parkview's girls team also had a strong meet, although rival Brookwood won the team title. The Broncos' 478 points finished barely ahead of Parkview's 473.5, while Collins Hill nipped the North girls for third place, 386.5 to 385.

Wesleyan swimmers shine at Metro

Wesleyan's swimming and diving team set three new school records at this past weekend's Metro Atlanta Swimming and Diving Meet at Westminster.

The Wolves were sixth in the girls standings of the 52-team event, and got a first-place finish from Caitlin Reynolds in the 200 free (1:53.78) and a second-place finish from the Stanford signee in the 500 free (4:59.19).

Reynolds also joined Meg Reynolds, Alex Bufton and Hannah Machemehl on a first-place 200 medley relay that set a school record at 1:52.89. The Reynolds sisters, Bufton and Jenna Worsham also won the 400 free relay in 3:40.08.

Wesleyan was 12th on the boys side behind a handful of AAAAA teams, but the group set two new school marks. Greg Gossett, Freddie Akers, Lawrence Buckley and Jordan Dale set a 200 free relay record at 1:33.65 and Gossett, Matt Gossett, Dale and Buckley added a school-record of 3:26.64 in the 400 free relay.