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Deep Parkview boys win county again

Staff Photo: John Bohn Aidan Sweeney, right, of Brookwood set a county meet record in the boys 500 year freestyle, talks with Powell Brooks of Norcross during the Gwinnett County swimming championships are held Saturday in Norcross.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Aidan Sweeney, right, of Brookwood set a county meet record in the boys 500 year freestyle, talks with Powell Brooks of Norcross during the Gwinnett County swimming championships are held Saturday in Norcross.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Rory Martin of Parkview competes in the 100 yard butterfly during the Gwinnett County swimming championships are held Saturday in Norcross. Martin won the race.

NORCROSS -- While rival Brookwood racked up more individual glory, the deep Parkview boys swimming and diving team did what it usually does -- win the Gwinnett County title.

The Panthers had just one individual champion, but racked up the points throughout Saturday's swimming finals to win their 18th county championship in the last 21 years.

Parkview's Ricky Lehner won the 100-yard breaststroke county title for the third year in a row with a time of 57.70 seconds, joining diver Sean Piner as the Panthers' lone event champions.

The Lilburn power won by a comfortable margin, 1045.5-820.5 over runner-up Collins Hill. Mill Creek (797.5) was third, followed by North Gwinnett (731.5) and Brookwood (646.5).

The Panthers also upped their number of state qualifiers to an all-time best of 40.

"We wanted to win and we knew we had a good shot to win, but you always want to be improving," said Parkview coach Jack Gayle, whose team also will be a favorite at the upcoming state meet. "We had some good swims and we saw some things we can improve on before state. That's the goal now."

While the team trophy went to Parkview, Brookwood's boys left with three county-meet records, the first in the meet-opening 200 medley relay when Aidan Sweeney, Nick LaMontagne, Dustin Nguyen and Michael Trice swam 1:35.92.

Trice and Sweeney weren't done. They won a pair of titles each.

"They both swam well and broke meet records of some outstanding swimmers," Brookwood coach Greg Puckett said of his two seniors.

Trice won his third straight county title in the 50 freestyle with a county and county-meet record of 20.74. With the effort, he became the first Gwinnett swimmer to ever break 21 seconds in the event. He also won the 100 free in 46.77, just ahead of Mill Creek's Chris Powell (46.82), upping his career haul to five career individual county titles.

Sweeney won the 200 individual medley in 1:54.12 and the 500 freestyle in 4:34.03, a county-meet record that was previously set in 2002 by Parkview's John Millen. The Bronco senior edged Norcross' Powell Brooks, who also broke the old record with a time of 4:34.09.

Brooks did get a county-meet record in winning his other event, the 200 free, in 1:40.99, which lowered the mark set in 2008 by Brookwood's Stephen Swan.

Ben Taylor won the 100 backstroke in 53.38 seconds, giving Shiloh an individual county champion. Taylor's win brought the Generals' first individual county title in swimming since 2002.

Grayson's Mason McIntyre was the winner in the 100 butterfly with a time of 51.62.

The Mill Creek boys won the 200 free relay in 1:27.42, as well as the 400 free relay in 3:12.37.