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Brookwood girls make it four in a row

ATLANTA - Brookwood's girls swimmers didn't win the most races or set the most records on Saturday. North Gwinnett took care of that.

But the Broncos did have athletes scattered throughout the finals, and that depth carried them to their fourth straight county championship at Adamsville Natatorium. Brookwood's winning score was 568.5, a comfortable margin over runner-up Parkview (505.5). Upstart Mill Creek took third with 383 points, narrowly slipping past a North team (376) that had a phenomenal day

individually.

Brookwood's county championship - its ninth in the past 10 years - came with only one individual race victory, Jana Mangimelli in the 100 backstroke with a time of 58.57

seconds.

"That's all they've ever known (is county titles)," Brookwood coach Greg Puckett said of his senior girls. "It's nice for them to go out on top. It's great for the seniors to say they've won four county

championships.

"I was impressed with the whole team. Some of them probably weren't in their favorite events but they stepped up with incredible times because they knew what the team needed."

Although they didn't have the overall depth to challenge for a team title, the North girls swimmers put on a show on Saturday. The Bulldogs won four events, two by Megan D'Urso and two relays, breaking a pair of county meet records in the relay victories.

D'Urso, Sarah Looney, Caroline Kenney and Corinna Kovach broke the county-meet mark in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:49.85, bettering the 1:50.23 established by Brookwood in 2004 on a relay that included Olympian Amanda Weir.

After opening the meet with the 200 medley win, the Bulldogs closed it with another record in the 400 free relay. D'Urso, Looney and Kenney teamed up with Justin Boone to swim 3:35.16, wasting the previous mark of 3:40.05 set by Parkview in 1998.

D'Urso's individual wins came in the 200 individual medley (2:06.84) and the 100 breaststroke (1:06.19). Looney was second in two events, the 100 free (53.44) and 200 free (1:53.52), and Kenney was second in the 100 backstroke (58.65).

North's talent at the top bodes well for the different scoring format of the state meet, but the county meet sets up perfectly for a deep Brookwood squad. The Broncos were second in two relays and third in another, while Mangimelli was the only individual with two top-three finishes. She also was second in the 200 IM (2:07.09), and teammate Catherine Hanley was third in the 500 free for Brookwood's only other top-three individual finish.

"Everybody up and down the lineup had best times," Puckett said. "They were good in prelims and even better in the finals."

Parkview also showed its depth on the girls side by easily locking up second place. The Panthers won the 200 free relay (1:40.40), and their best individual showings came from Haley Staubach (second in 100 butterfly), Isabella Countinho (third in 50 free) and Caitlin Martin (third in 100 breast).

Mill Creek pulled off somewhat of a surprise by stealing third place from North with the help of a victory by Jordan Evans in the 100 fly (58.21). Evans also was third in the 200 IM and teammate Stephanie Doran was third in the 100 back.

Collins Hill's Erin Dobeck helped the Eagles (304.5) to fifth place with a pair of first-place finishes. Dobeck won county for the second straight season in the 200 free (1:53.01) and added a championship in the 500 free (5:00.09).

Peachtree Ridge, led by a second-place finish in the 50 free and a third-place showing in the 100 free by Aileen Cole, was sixth at 283 points. Grayson, Duluth, Dacula and Norcross finished out the top 10.

Dacula's Abigail Alton also was a double-winner, sweeping the 50 free and 100 free championships. Alton won the 50 free in 23.90 and was first in the 100 free in 52.29, earning the title in that event for the second straight year.

Central Gwinnett coach Michelle Broeg was named the county girls coach of the year at the meet.