Staff Photo: John Bohn Parkview's Nathan Jones swims the breast stroke leg of the boys 200 yard medley relay as Parkview finished in first place in this event during the Gwinnett County Swimming Championships held at the West Gwinnett Aquatic Center on Saturday.
NORCROSS --Eventually, another boys swimming and diving program may curb Parkview's dominance of the county meet.
Not this year, though.
The Panthers won the Gwinnett County Championships for the 19th time in the last 22 years Saturday night, delivering another decisive performance at West Gwinnett Aquatic Center. The defending state champions' superior depth was once again too much for their local rivals.
Parkview rolled up 932.5 points to outdistance Collins Hill (799.5), North Gwinnett (718), Brookwood (646) and Duluth (598.5). Duluth's fifth-place finish was its best since 2004.
"The boys have really come together as a team," Parkview coach Jack Gayle said. "They understand we lost some big guns and they understand that makes the road tougher. But they've risen to the challenge."
Rory Martin provided Parkview's lone individual victory, winning the 100-yard backstroke in 51.86 seconds.
"I was really impressed by Rory Martin's backstroke win," Gayle said. "He's wanted that win for a long time. To not only win, but to go a phenomenal time. I'm really proud of him."
The Panthers opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay (1:37.50), a foursome that featured Martin, Peter Meadows, Nathan Jones and Christopher Rogers. Geoffrey Carter also swam well for Parkview, taking second in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 200 individual medley.
Collins Hill's runner-up finish included a new county-meet record from Cody Bekemeyer, who swam the 500 freestyle in 4:32.78, bumping the 4:34.03 Brookwood's Aidan Sweeney set last year.
His record wasn't the only one to fall Saturday night.
Mill Creek's Chris Powell had a hand in two more --the 100 free and the 200 free relay along with teammates Andrew Kozlovski, Patrick Lavelle and Garrison Bemis. That foursome's time of 1:26.10 topped a mark set in 2010 by Brookwood.
Powell also was the top performer among boys individuals, highlighted by his 100 free win in 45.58. That time lowered the county-meet and all-time county records, held previously by Stephen Swan (2008) and John Simmons (2011). Powell, who was runner-up to Brookwood's Michael Trice in both individual races last year at county, also was first in the 50 free (21.37).
"Chris had a great meet," Mill Creek coach Rick Creed said. "He's really looking forward to hopefully an outstanding state meet. Chris is a tremendous team leader. His enthusiasm affects everybody."
Tomas Peribonio of North won the 200 individual medley in 1:53.53 to help his team's third-place finish, and he added a runner-up finish in the 500 free. The Bulldogs also won the meet-ending 400 free relay (3:11.65), with Peribonio anchoring a foursome that also featured Tyler Mazurek, Jay Cathcart and Ethan Webster.
Brookwood got a first-place finish from Nick LaMontagne in the 100 breaststroke (58.13) and a pair of second-place finishes from Alex Taylor (200 IM and 100 back).
Dacula's Michael Ragan won his first individual county title, taking first in the 200 free (1:41.85), while Norcross' Powell Brooks won the 100 butterfly in 50.44. Brooks also was third in the 500 free.