Runner-up Broncos set two records
North's Kenney wins pair of state championships

ATLANTA - A loss in the meet-ending 400 freestyle relay kept the Brookwood girls behind Lassiter a year earlier.

That race wasn't a problem on Saturday as the Broncos crushed the field in the last event of the state swimming and diving finals at Westminster. They had a huge day in all the relays, setting two state records and claiming two relay wins among their four individual championships.

But when the final points were tallied up, Brookwood still finished behind repeat Class AAAAA champion Lassiter, which took first without winning an individual race. The Trojans won by a 307-284 margin to leave the Broncos as runner-up for a second straight season.

It was an impressive day for Gwinnett girls swimmers - highlighted by two state titles from North Gwinnett's Caroline Kenney - but the Broncos fell just short of giving the county a team champion.

"I'm proud of them, I thought they swam great," Brookwood coach Greg Puckett said. "Lassiter just swam a little bit better. All you can do is control how you swim and our girls swam really well. All three relays were below the state record."

Jana Mangimelli and Allyson Sweeney also won individual state titles for the Broncos, who were seeking their first title since winning four straight from 2001 to 2004.

Mangimelli cruised to a more than five-second victory for her second straight title in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1 minute, 58.15 seconds, which was just off 1:57.41 - the state and national public school record. The Georgia signee added a runner-up finish in the 100 backstroke with her second automatic All-American time of 56.43 in a race that saw Walton's Erin Reisinger break her own state mark.

Both of Mangimelli's times broke her own school records.

Sweeney won the 100 butterfly in an automatic All-American time of 55.10, then added another automatic All-American clocking with a third-place finish in the 100 free at 1:49.19.

"They were disappointed (not to win the team title), but they swam really well," Puckett said of his team.

Mangimelli joined Anna Springer, Haley Holcombe and Meghan Faulkner on a 200 medley relay that opened the meet with a state-record time of 1:45.05. The automatic All-American time held off runner-up Walton by .07 seconds.

The meet's final relay wasn't nearly that close. Mangimelli, Sweeney, Faulkner and Kelsey Gouge gave Brookwood another state record with a time of 3:26.54, more than four seconds ahead of 400 free relay runner-up Lassiter.

The Broncos' 200 free relay finished second to Walton, but went 1:36.02, below the existing state record. Brookwood also got good individual finishes from Gouge (fourth in the 50 free), Holcombe (fourth in the 100 fly), Faulkner (fourth in the 100 free) and Springer (fourth in the 100 breaststroke).

Gwinnett's individual star of the day was Kenney. The North junior won state championships in the 100 and 200 freestyle races, repeating as champion in the 200 free.

Both her times - 1:52.48 in the 200 free and 50.15 in the 100 free - were automatic All-American clockings.

"I'm so excited," Kenney said. "I didn't know if I could (win both events), but I was so excited to win them."

Parkview placed fifth in the girls standings with 170 points, just ahead of sixth-place Mill Creek's 164. Kenney's efforts led North to an eighth-place finish.

Mill Creek's Sommers Creed was second in the 500 free and fourth in the 200 free, Parkview's Elizabeth Charter was third in the 100 fly and teammate Haley Staubach was fourth in the 100 back.

Grayson's Katie Lohr was the county's other top-five finisher at fifth in the 200 free.