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Nothing new
Bronco girls roll to fifth straight county crown

ATLANTA - Jana Mangimelli nearly missed her introduction in the 100-yard backstroke as she raced to trade her goggles for another pair.

But the Brookwood junior made it just in time for the announcement, and to edge Parkview's Haley Staubach in Saturday's tightest race. It ended up being the only true close call for her team.

The Broncos rolled to their ninth county title in the past 10 seasons - and their fifth in a row - with a whopping 874.5 points, easily outdistancing surprising runner-up Mill Creek's 688.5 at the Gwinnett County Swimming and Diving Championships. Parkview was a close third at 686.5, while North Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge rounded out the top five.

"(The girls) were ready," Brookwood coach Greg Puckett said. "Even when I told them before the meet that it was looking good for us (to win), they were still gung ho about setting school records and setting meet records."

Brookwood did just that. It swept all three relays, setting county meet records in all three and an all-time county record in one.

The Broncos opened the day with an overall county and county meet record in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1 minute, 47.50 seconds. The old record was held by Brookwood teams that featured Olympian Amanda Weir and star Andrea Hupman in 2003 and 2004. Mangimelli was on the record relay along with Meghan Faulkner, Haley Holcombe and Abby Wilhelm.

Mangimelli won the 200 individual medley in 2:04.96 and teammates Meghan Faulkner and Haley Holcombe gave the Broncos a 1-2-3 finish in the event. Mangimelli also won the 100 backstroke in 58.18, narrowly defeating Parkview's Haley Staubach (58.19) and claiming a county meet record that was set in 2002 by former Bronco Christie Hupman.

The Broncos also toppled county meet and overall county records in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:37.61 and lowered the 400 freestyle relay county meet record to 3:33.48. The 200 free relay featured Faulkner, Anna Springer, Holcombe and Allyson Sweeney, while the 400 free relay was the foursome of Sweeney, Carly Egan, Wilhelm and Mangimelli.

"I was really impressed with the girls relays, individuals, everything," Puckett said.

North Gwinnett's Caroline Kenney took down Weir's county meet record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:49.34. Kenney also was second in the 100 free.

Abigail Alton of Dacula defeated Peachtree Ridge's Aileen Cole in a showdown of defending state champions in the 50 free. Alton was first in 23.66 and Cole was second in 24.25.

Alton added a second county title in the 100 freestyle, winning in 50.91.

Mill Creek's Jordan Evans won the 100 butterfly in 56.90 and added a victory in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.66). Teammate Sommers Creed gave the Hawks a third victory with a first-place finish in the 500 free. Her time of 4:53.61 tied Weir's county meet record of 4:53.61 and she also was second in the 200 free.

Their efforts helped the Mill Creek girls to an upset of perennial power Parkview for second place.

"Parkview and Brookwood have just dominated swimming in the county for so long," Mill Creek coach Rick Creed said.

"I feel like our girls really made a statement that we belong. I'm really proud of all of them. I'm really proud of the way they've worked hard all year."

SideBar: Record Breakers

A total of 11 county meet records were set at Saturday's Gwinnett County Swimming and Diving Championships, held at Atlanta's Adamsville Natatorium. Here's a brief

rundown of the record-breakers:

Brookwood boys

200 medley relay, 1:37.10

Brookwood girls

200 medley relay, 1:47.50*

Stephen Swan, Brookwood

200 freestyle, 1:41.63

100 freestyle, 46.12*

Caroline Kenney,

North Gwinnett

200 freestyle, 1:49.34

Andrew Ruffing, Parkview

100 butterfly, 49.82*

Sommers Creed, Mill Creek

500 freestyle, 4:53.61

Brookwood boys

200 freestyle relay, 1:28.62*

Brookwood girls

200 freestyle relay, 1:37.61*

Jana Mangimelli,

Brookwood

100 backstroke, 58.18

Parkview boys

400 freestyle relay, 3:12.85

Brookwood girls

400 freestyle relay, 3:33.48

* Also an all-time county record