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Parkview boys put history to bed to win state title

Staff Photo: John Bohn The Parkview boys swim team celebrates winning the Georgia Class AAAAA swim finals held Saturday at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

Staff Photo: John Bohn The Parkview boys swim team celebrates winning the Georgia Class AAAAA swim finals held Saturday at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn The Parkview boys swim team celebrates their team victory in the Georgia Class AAAAA swim finals held Saturday at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

ATLANTA -- With a disqualification costing it the Class AAAAA state boys swimming and diving championship last year, the motto for Parkview -- emblazoned on their T-shirts -- in this year's state meet was "V for Vendetta."

After this year's meet, the slogan might be changed to "R for Redemption."

The Panthers got first place finishes from Ricky Lehner in the 100-yard breaststroke, plus the 200 freestyle relay team to cruise to the team championship with 310 points -- their first since 2007 -- to outdistance runner-up Lassiter (229 points) and archrival Brookwood (200) on Saturday at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

"I think it's safe to say that we fought about as hard as we can fight for this one," Parkview coach Jack Gayle said. "(The 'V for Vendetta' T-shirts) were to remind us of last year so we don't forget, because we haven't forgotten."

If they had forgotten, they were reminded late in the meet.

Geoff Carter -- whose disqualification in the 100 breaststroke was the center of controversy last year -- was apparently disqualified for the second straight season in the same event.

But paperwork for the disqualification was never filed with the official scorer, and Carter's second-place finish behind Lehner stood as part of a 1-2-3 Parkview sweep, along with third-place finisher Nathan Jones.

Even if Carter's DQ would have stood, Parkview still would have wrapped up the team title well in advance of the final event, and the third-place finish by the 400 free relay team -- which the junior anchored -- would have been the exclamation point.

"I just knew I had to move on and focus on the next race and win it for the team," Carter said. "It feels good to come back this year and get (the title)."

Lehner had a DQ issue of his own after being disqualified in the 200 individual medley -- in which Carter finished second.

But the senior bounced back nicely to take his third straight state 100 breaststroke title with a time of 56.40.

"It's my senior year, and I wanted to go out (on top)," Lehner said. "And my girlfriend Juliane Kurke won (the girls 100 breaststroke), so that was awesome to see."

Lehner and Carter also teamed with Devyn Hughes and Christopher Rogers to outtouch Lassiter's team at the wall and win the 200 free relay, part of a big night for the deep Panther team.

It was also a good night for Brookwood, who rode first place finishes by Michael Trice in the 50 free in a time of 20.48 -- just .02 of a second off the state record -- and the 200 medley relay team of Trice, Aidan Sweeney, Nick LaMontagne and Dustin Nguyen to place third for the second straight year.

"It's a great night to be a Bronco," Brookwood coach Greg Puckett said.

While there were no other individual winners from Gwinnett, three more area teams cracked the top 10 in the team rankings, with North Gwinnett taking seventh with 144 points, Collins Hill in eighth with 131 and Mill Creek ninth with 108.

Comments

Gary 2 years, 2 months ago

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN THE NORTH GWINNETT HIGH SCHOOL BOYS' SWIM AND SORRY TEAMS FOR DOING SO WELL IN THE STATE MEET! GO BULLDOGS!

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