Wesleyan leads county small schools at state meet

ATLANTA -- While the finishes for Gwinnett County's smaller schools weren't has high as in past years, local teams were well represented in the team standings of the Class A-AAAAA State Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

Led by strong finishes from Rachel Koch and the 200-yard freestyle relay team, Wesleyan's girls posted the highest team finish by taking ninth place overall with 84 points.

Koch had the highest individual girls finish of the day by taking fifth in the 100 butterfly in a time of 56.95 seconds, while the Wolves' 200 free relay team of Camille Roy, Lillie Baker, Caroline Cusick and Caroline White placed seventh at 1:42.40.

Also contributing to Wesleyan's point total were divers Maggie Dryden, Alexandra Hernandez and Taylor Panther, all of whom qualified for the finals.

Buford also had a good day, with Danielle Brooks scoring individual points and teaming with three other swimmers for a strong relay finish to help the Wolves finish in 15th place with 44 points.

Brooks took eighth in the 50 free in a time of 24.97, and then swam with teammates Molly Moran, Libby Muret and Brittany Litke to take eighth in the 200 free relay at 1:42.98.

On the boys side, Wesleyan rode the strong day of Drew Middleton to place 12th with 57 points.

Middleton finished fifth individually in the 50 free with a time of 21.48 seconds, and then teamed with Luke Hedrick, Jon Adent and Jake Cusick to place seventh in the 200 free relay at 1:30.15.

Meanwhile, Greater Atlanta Christian didn't qualify any individuals for the finals in their events, but the preliminary points scored were enough to put the Spartans into a tie for 37th place at 15 points.