Bronco bash
Favored Bronco girls roll to title

NORCROSS - The Brookwood girls swimming and diving team aims for its ultimate goal in two weeks at the state meet, but Saturday was pretty important, too.

The favored Broncos dominated to win their sixth straight county championship at the West Gwinnett Pool with 892 points, a comfortable 178-point margin over runner-up Parkview. The county title also was their 10th in the past 11 years and 15th in the last 18.

"(The girls) were favored, so I was impressed with how they went out and swam so well," Brookwood coach Greg Puckett said. "Before the meet I talked to them and they were the obvious favorites, but I told them they needed to have some quality swims to send a message to the other (state title) contenders."

Brookwood won the meet-opening 200 medley relay (1 minute, 48.41 seconds) and later broke the 200 free relay county meet record, which they set the year before, with a time of 1:37.53.

Their night concluded with a sweep of the relays, taking first in the 400 free relay with another county-meet record time of 3:33.03. It took a rally in the anchor leg from Jana Mangimelli, the Broncos' individual star, as the Georgia signee made up a deficit on Mill Creek, which also broke the previous county-meet mark with a swim of 3:33.45.

Mangimelli also dominated in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:04.43, then broke her own county-meet record with a first-place finish in the 100 backstroke (56.55).

Anna Springer gave the Broncos another individual championship, winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.37. She barely edged runner-up and teammate Meghan Faulkner, who swam 1:07.43.

Brookwood freshman Kelsey Gouge added a win in the 50 free in 24.62, picking up the title when event winner Elizabeth Charter of Parkview (24.20) was disqualified for an early start.

North Gwinnett's Caroline Kenney won the 200 freestyle in 1:49.34, tying her own county meet mark from last year. Kenney followed that win up with a championship in the 100 free in 51.20.

Mill Creek freshman Rachael Dudley made a huge impact in her first county meet, breaking 2004 Olympian Amanda Weir's event record with a first-place finish in the 100 butterfly. Her time of 55.78 bettered Weir's 56.37 from 2004's county meet, but fell short of Weir's all-time mark of 55.04.

Fellow Hawk Sommers Creed repeated as the 500 free county champion with a time of 4:54.86, helping Mill Creek to third in the team standings. Collins Hill and North Gwinnett finished fourth and fifth in the team results.