Perennial powerhouses Gwinnett and Cobb counties will battle for supremacy in swimming and diving this weekend in the Cobb-Gwinnett Challenge.
The meet will feature the two counties' teams split into seven divisions, with two competing Friday and five competing Saturday. Gwinnett has never lost to Cobb in the previous seven years of the meet, which was founded by brothers Jim and David Reason. Jim coaches Duluth and David coaches Kennesaw Mountain.
One Friday meet pits Collins Hill and Peachtree Ridge against Kell and Sprayberry in Division III at the Mountain Park Aquatic Center. West Park Pool will host Friday's Division V meet, featuring Grayson, Central Gwinnett, McEachern and Hillgrove.
The top division, based on finish at last year's county meets, is Saturday at 8 a.m. at Mountain Park. The Division I competition has Brookwood and Parkview against Walton and Lassiter.
Division II, at 6 p.m. Saturday at Central Aquatic Center, has Mill Creek and North Gwinnett against Kennesaw Mountain and Pope.
Duluth and Norcross take on Wheeler and Harrision in Division IV Saturday at 10 a.m. at Central Aquatic Center.
Both Division VI, at 2 p.m. at Central Aquatic Center, and Division VII, at 6:30 p.m. at West Park, also are Saturday.
Division VI pits Shiloh and Berkmar against Marietta and Walker. Meadowcreek and South Gwinnett face South Cobb, North Cobb, Campbell and Alatoona in Division VII.
Clody Memorial Invitational features strong swims
There were some impressive performances at this past weekend's Clody Memorial Invitational, a two-division meet divided into Region 7-AAAAA teams and 8-AAAAA competitions.
Boys event winners in the 7-AAAAA meet were: Collins Hill's Graham Kellams (200 freestyle, 1 minute, 56.59 seconds), Skyler Carroll (50 free, 23.71), Justin Robinson (100 butterfly, 56.08 and 100 breaststroke, 1:09.22) and Jeffrey Murray (500 free, 5:19.24), Mill Creek's Christian Cardona (200 individual medley, 2:17.21) and Chase Wilson (100 free, 51.64) and Norcross' Stephen Hogan (100 backstroke, 59.42).
Girls first-place finishers in 7-AAAAA were: Collins Hill's Aeriel Breneman (200 free, 2:05.93 and 100 fly, 1:04.40), Jessica Layne (200 IM, 2:26.59) and Jackie Rajek (100 breast, 1:16.60), Peachtree Ridge's Monica Sakalik (50 free, 26.15 and 100 free, 57.45) and Jane Kim (100 back, 1:06.45) and Mill Creek's Savannah Miller (500 free, 5:42.11).
Event winners at the 8-AAAAA boys meet were: Parkview's Joel Nickerson (200 free, 1:55.96), Klisman Nguyen (200 IM, 2:13.13), Benjamin Hudlow (100 free, 52.53) and Ricky Lehner (100 breast, 1:05.61), Brookwood's Michael Trice (50 free, 23.49), Caleb Barrett (500 free, 5:25.13) and Dylan Herzog (100 back, 1:00.64) and Grayson's Stephen Takas (100 fly, 57.50).
The girls first-place performers in 8-AAAAA were: Parkview's Julianne Kurke (200 free, 2:05.82), Laurel Christopher (100 free, 58.01) and Anna Heffernan (100 breast, 1:13.79), Brookwood's Cassy Wilhelm (200 IM, 2:23.62), Catherine Hanley (100 fly, 1:03.30), Danielle Martin (500 free, 5:30.86) and Cassy Wilhelm (100 back, 1:04.92) and Grayson's Kristin Clark (50 free, 26.59).
Wesleyan sweeps quad-meet
Wesleyan won the boys and girls divisions of a meet this past weekend against St. Pius, Dunwoody and Riverwood. The Wolves beat runner-up Dunwoody 199-128 in boys and second-place St. Pius by 196-154 in girls.
Event winners for Wesleyan were: Anthony McMurry (200 free, 1:53.80 and 500 free, 5:11.30), Mackenzie Kuehn (50 free, 26.28), Zach Hernandez (diving, 252.25), Lauren Hall (diving, 235.90), Chase Bartlett (100 free, 52.30), Alex Thykeson (100 back, 59.99), Jordan Jackson (100 back, 1:04.38), Jake Hedrick (100 breast, 1:09.44) and Presley Kuehn (100 breast, 1:14.30).