A year ago, Jana Mangimelli was a good high school swimmer at Brookwood. Now she's a major contributor for an SEC power.
The Georgia freshman made an instant impact in Athens, capping her first college season in style with a solid effort at her first NCAA Championships last weekend.
The Brookwood grad placed fourth nationally and lowered her school record in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4 minutes, 5.31 seconds. She finished behind American record holder Julia Smit of Stanford, Pan-American backstroke record holder Theresa Crippen of Florida and Hungarian record holder and world champion Katinka Hosszu of USC.
Mangimelli also finished 14th in the 200 IM at NCAAs and was 10th in the 200 backstroke, posting the third-fastest time in Bulldog history at 1:53.74. She made a big jump in the 200 back from her spot as the 17th seed.
Tabor stepping up
Collins Hill grad Ryan Tabor recorded his first two saves of the season in a recent five-day span, closing out victories for the 19th-ranked Georgia College and State University baseball team.
The left-hander saved a 9-7 win over fifth-ranked Columbus State, the Cougars' first loss in 22 games, last Friday with a 12/3-inning outing. He picked up his second save Tuesday, getting the final three outs in an 8-5 win over Pfeiffer.
Locals bright spots for ASU
Though Augusta State has struggled to a 9-18 record this season, two Gwinnett grads have done their parts to reverse that trend.
Senior Tony Baker, a Dacula grad, is hitting .347 with four home runs, 22 RBIs and seven doubles. The middle infielder also has six pitching appearances for a team that is thin in that area.
Teammate Stephen Ramsey, a junior from Providence Christian, has a team-high 3.00 ERA in seven appearances. He's a transfer from Toccoa Falls College.
Miller earns second All-American nod
Former Dacula standout Frankie Miller, a club wrestler at the University of Georgia, was national runner-up in the 125-pound class at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association Championships.
It's the second All-American honor for Miller, a 2008 grad of Dacula.
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