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Parkview boys doubly happy

NORCROSS -- The cell phones stayed busy on both ends, with Parkview coach Jack Gayle getting updates and giving his own in return.

And both had great news to report Saturday night.

The Panther boys regained their Gwinnett County title from rival Brookwood without the presence of their head coach, who was at the hospital as his wife gave birth to their second child. She was born during the championships at the West Gwinnett Aquatic Center, leaving Gayle's friends at the pool wondering about his news.

Eventually word came that Hallie Gayle was born without complications.

"I sent him a text after every event," Parkview coach Eric Brown said. "I think he's pretty overwhelmed right now. He definitely wanted to be here."

Parkview's superior depth was key to the team victory, its 17th in the last 20 county meets. The Panthers won just one swimming event -- Ricky Lehner's first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke in 59.29 seconds.

But their strength top to bottom gave them 1,006 points to runner-up Brookwood's 843. Mill Creek (828) was third, Collins Hill (772) was fourth and North Gwinnett (635.5) was fifth.

The Panthers' only other event title came from Sean Piner, who won diving Wednesday night.

"It was a total team effort," said Brown, who praised seniors Richard Tait and Sejin Park for their work on relays. "We just won two events but we had a whole bunch of guys who did well. It was just a team effort."

Brookwood fared better individually, led by Conor Sweeney's win in the 200 freestyle (1:42.19) and his second straight title in the 500 free (4:38.13), where he edged his younger brother Aidan, the runner-up. Teammate Michael Trice won the 50 free with a time of 21.59, just off the 21.44 county-meet record set by the Broncos' David Fleischman in 2000.

Brookwood broke the county-meet record with a time of 1:27.38 in the 200 freestyle relay behind the foursome of Robbie Swan, Aidan Sweeney, Trice and Conor Sweeney. Thomas Nguyen added a second-place finish in the 100 back for the Broncos.

Though it finished in seventh place as a team, Peachtree Ridge matched Brookwood's individual firepower.

The Lions' 200 medley relay broke the county and county meet records with a time of 1:36.12. The winning foursome featured Luke Upchurch, Bryce BeVier, John Simmons and Bradley Faxon. Bevier won the 200 individual medley (1:56.94) and also placed second in the 100 breast.

Upchurch won both the 100 free (46.68) and 100 backstroke (51.38), while Simmons was runner-up in both the 100 and 200 free.

Peachtree Ridge and Brookwood made the meet-ending 400 free relay plenty exciting, both during and after the race.

Peachtree Ridge (3:10.92) appeared to edge Brookwood (3:11.09), but the Lions were disqualified when a swimmer re-entered the pool in celebration. Brookwood also was disqualified for an early start, giving the championship to third place Mill Creek's foursome of Chris Powell, Joey Turnblom, Chase Wilson and Parker Schwab (3:19.19).

North's Eric Madden was first in the 100 butterfly (51.50) and second in the 50 free, while teammate Michael Peribonio was second in the 200 IM and third in the 100 back.

Duluth's Paul Leddon was runner-up in the 100 fly and third in the 100 breast.