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Mill Creek's Sommers Creed comes up for air during the girls 500-yard freestyle at the Class AAAAA state swimming championships on Saturday. Creed took first in the event and the 200 freestyle.
ATLANTA — The one state title that had eluded Sommers Creed for her entire high school career finally came Saturday afternoon at Georgia Tech.
The Mill Creek senior won her first Class AAAAA title in the 200-yard freestyle, starting off a huge day that saw her win her third state championship in the 500 free.
“I never thought I’d win the 200 freestyle because I never really was a 200 freestyler,” Creed said. “It feels really good to win the 500 freestyle again. Coming into high school I didn’t think I could (win it three times).”
While Creed has been a regular visitor to the medals podium during her career, her SwimAtlanta teammate, Lydia Jones of Archer, was a newcomer at the state high school meet.
Jones won Archer’s first-ever state championship in any sport, taking first in the 50 free in an automatic All-American time of 23.26 seconds. She added a third-place finish in the 100 butterfly, but the state title was the big, and historic, one.
Jones was the only Archer swimmer in an individual event last year at state. She had some help this season as the Tigers qualified six for state and placed 11th.
“It feels awesome, just to get recognition for our school,” Jones said. “We’re making ourselves known. It’s fun doing that for a new school.”
Brookwood made another strong push for the AAAAA team championship, only to finish runner-up to Lassiter for the fourth season in a row. The Trojans’ fourth straight title matched the Broncos’ best-ever streak of team titles, which was set from 2001-04.
Lassiter won with 291.5 points and Brookwood was a solid second at 262. Mill Creek was third with 210 points, Peachtree Ridge was sixth and the Parkview girls were eighth.
Senior Meghan Faulkner won her first state title to help Brookwood’s cause, taking first in the 200 individual medley with an automatic All-American time of 2:00.95.
The Broncos’ foursome of Rachel Muller, Kelly Faulkner, Morgan Duncan and Kelsey Gouge also won a title in the 200 free relay at 1:38.82. Gouge (second in the 50 free and third in the 100 free), Muller (fourth in the 200 free and 100 free), Elizabeth Garreau (fifth in the 100 breast) and Duncan (fifth in the 100 back) also had top individual finishes.
Mill Creek was led by Creed, who swam 1:49.94 in the 200 free to edge Harrison’s Madison Jacobi by .04 seconds. She completed the distance double with another automatic All-American time of 4:52.83.
The Hawks’ Rachael Dudley repeated her state championship in the 100 butterfly, with an automatic All-American time of 54.52, and was second in the 100 backstroke. Teammate Frederique Lefebvre was second in the 200 IM.
North Gwinnett’s Allison Carr finished second in the 100 breaststroke with an automatic All-American time of 1:03.38. Carr also was sixth in the 100 free.
Other top local finishers were Parkview’s Julianne Kurke (third in the 100 breast), Grayson’s Katie Lohr (third in the 200 free), Peachtree Ridge’s Christina Wang (third in the 50 free and fourth in the 100 back) and Dacula’s Megan Heller (sixth in the 100 fly).