Parkview boys' reign continues at swim meet

ATLANTA - The favored boys team delivered on Saturday at the Gwinnett County Swimming and Diving Championships as Parkview emerged victorious at the Adamsville Natatorium.

A pack of teams chased, but nobody had the depth to upset the Panthers, who won their second straight county title with 510 points. Brookwood won the battle for second with 404.5 points over Collins Hill's 394, but the big prize went to Parkview.

The county champions won two of the three relays, including a county-meet record performance in the 200 freestyle relay.

"We came into it with high expectations, but I really didn't expect the guys to perform like they did," Parkview coach Jack Gayle said. "I felt like this season we were just sort of happy with where we're at. We were a little bit complacent.

"They knew they'd have to step it up a little bit at county. But I didn't expect this at all. They just came out of nowhere and just dominated. I'm so happy for them."

The Panthers won the 400 freestyle relay in 3 minutes, 14.41 seconds, but really smoked the 200 free relay in a county-meet record time of 1:27.86. The foursome of Andrew Ruffing, Mason Ruffing, Collin Burchins and George Partin easily topped the meet mark of 1:29.10, set last year by Collins Hill.

Andrew Ruffing was a double-winner for Parkview, taking first in the 50 freestyle (21.84) and 100 butterfly (52.12). Mason Ruffing was second in the 100 fly (52.78) and third in the 200 free (1:45.33), while George Partin added a runner-up finish in the 50 free (22.41).

"Every guy I asked, like Mason and Andrew, I walked by them and said 'You've got to do great in this, you've got to win big,'" Gayle said. "They just said, 'OK, we'll go out and do it.' They knew what we needed and stepped up and did it."

Brookwood edged Collins Hill for second place by closing with a flurry. The Broncos' Zach Lopez and Kyle Diedrich won the final two individual events, placing first in the 100 breaststroke (59.01) and 100 backstroke (54.56) respectively. It was Diedrich's third straight county title in the 100 back.

The Broncos, who won the 200 medley relay in 1:40.01, also defeated Collins Hill in the closing 400 free relay to seal second place. Lopez also was second in the 200 IM (2:00.84) and teammate Danny Nguyen was third. Nguyen also was third in the 100 fly while Dean Hupman contributed a second-place finish in the 500 free (4:47.14).

Collins Hill got great individual efforts from double-winner Jared Robinson and teammate Nat Emmett. Robinson won his second straight county title in the 100 free (47.46) and also was first in the 200 free (1:44.52). Emmett won his third consecutive 200 individual medley county crown and was second in the 100 breast (1:00.54).

The improving Mill Creek boys (339) were fourth and Hawk coach Kevin Rodgers was named the county's boys coach of the year at the meet. Norcross was fifth at 314, followed by North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge and Grayson. Duluth and Shiloh rounded out the top 10.

Peachtree Ridge's Scott Royal won the 500 free in 4:46.20 - his second straight in that event - and finished second in the 200 free at 1:44.91.