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2013 Super Six Swimming and Diving Bios

Cody Bekemeyer

Cody Bekemeyer

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Name: Cody Bekemeyer

School: Collins Hill

Class: Junior

Nickname: Codeman

College choices: USC, Georgia

Twitter handle: N/A

Favorite pool: Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs

Favorite Olympic swimmer: Aaron Peirsol

Favorite event: 500 freestyle

Year-round swim club: SwimAtlanta Sugarloaf

Favorite music artist: Justin Timberlake

Favorite TV show: “Modern Family”

Favorite restaurant: Stoney River

Noteworthy:

• Third at state, county champion in 500 freestyle last season

• Fifth at state in 200 free last season

• Fifth at state, third at county in 500 free as a freshman

Coach Jenny Weaver’s take: “Cody is an outstanding student of the sport of swimming. He is doing everything the right way, from how he trains in the pool to how he attacks his studies in the classroom. He is the complete student-athlete.”


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Norcross’ Powell Brooks

Name: Powell Brooks

School: Norcross

Class: Senior

College choice: Georgia

Twitter handle: powell_brooks

Favorite pool: University of Georgia

Favorite Olympic swimmer: Jason Lezak

Favorite event: 200 butterfly

Year-round swim club: SwimAtlanta

Favorite music artist: Imagine Dragons

Favorite TV show: “NCIS”

Favorite restaurant: Any Mexican restaurant

Noteworthy:

• County champion, fifth at state in 100 butterfly last season

• Third at county in 500 freestyle last season

• Third in 500 free, fifth in 200 free as a sophomore

Coach Billie Jatko’s take: “It has been a pleasure working with Powell throughout his high school swim career. We have watched him grow, overcome injury, and take both success and setbacks in stride. Powell has tremendous focus and we admire his ability to balance a rigorous academic load and demanding practice schedule. He is dedicated to his team and is a leader and inspiration among his peers. Powell made his decision earlier this semester to swim for the University of Georgia, and with that choice now behind him, he is looking forward to a great year. We are very proud of him.”


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Collins Hill’s Alfonso Castillo

Name: Alfonso Castillo

School: Collins Hill

Class: Senior

Nickname: Fonsi

College choice: Undecided

Twitter handle: N/A

Favorite pool: University of South Carolina

Favorite Olympic swimmer: Ryan Lochte

Favorite event: 200 freestyle

Year-round swim club: SwimAtlanta Sugarloaf

Favorite music artist: Nirvana

Favorite TV show: “Scooby Doo”

Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden

Noteworthy:

• Seventh at state in 500 freestyle last season

• 14th at state in 100 butterfly last season

• Fifth at county in both 500 free and 100 fly last season

Coach Jenny Weaver’s take: “We expect great things from Alfonso Castillo this year. He is a very focused athlete and is ready for a big season. He has the ability to finish this season as one of the best swimmers in the state.”


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Tom Peribonio

Name: Tomas Peribonio

School: North Gwinnett

Class: Senior

Nickname: Tom

College choice: South Carolina

Twitter handle: tomperibonio

Favorite pool: University of Texas

Favorite Olympic swimmer: Yannick Angel

Favorite event: 400 individual medley

Year-round swim club: SwimAtlanta Johns Creek

Favorite music artist: Rick Ross

Favorite TV show: “Tom and Jerry”

Favorite restaurant: Mori House

Noteworthy:

• Third at state, county champion in 200 individual medley last season

• Fourth at state, county runner-up in 500 freestyle last season

• Sixth at state in 500 free and 200 IM as a sophomore

Coach Doug Nieman’s take: “It has been a joy to have Tom on the team. Tom takes swimming and his academics seriously. His dedication to the sport and school is evident in him earning a scholarship to swim at the University of South Carolina. He has improved every year and this year should be no different. Tom has tons of talent in all events and is probably the most versatile swimmer North has ever had. He could contend for every school record here at North. Tom is one of our captains and leads by example. I am excited to see how he finishes his high school career but will miss his enthusiasm in years to come. Tough shoes to fill when he graduates. I am glad to have the opportunity to coach him at North.”


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Alex Taylor

Name: Alex Taylor

School: Brookwood

Class: Sophomore

Nickname: A.T.

College choices: Michigan, Texas

Twitter handle: N/A

Favorite pool: Georgia Tech

Favorite Olympic swimmer: Michael Phelps

Favorite event: 200 individual medley, 100 backstroke

Year-round swim club: SwimAtlanta Sugarloaf

Favorite music artist: B.o.B

Favorite TV show: “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Favorite restaurant: Red Lobster

Noteworthy:

• Fifth at state in 200 individual medley last season

• Seventh at state in 100 backstroke last season

• County runner-up in 200 IM and 100 back

Coach Greg Puckett’s take: “Alex had been successful in his USS swimming career as an age-grouper so there were high expectations for him coming in last year as a freshman. Often freshmen are overwhelmed and intimidated when they initially get to high school because they are now having to compete with swimmers that are three or possibly four years older than they are. To his credit, Alex lived up to the high standard he had previously established in his swim career and ended up being one of the strongest and most versatile swimmers on the team. He was actually so versatile that I usually had him compete against the best athlete on the other team because I knew that he would give them a race even if it wasn’t his best or favorite event. He never disappointed even when he was competing against individuals who were ‘better’ than he was in that event. At state, he was the only individual on the team to place in the finals in both individual events. He placed seventh in the 100 backstroke and eighth in the 200 individual medley. He ended up setting the Brookwood record for the 200 individual medley and I am sure that there will be other records which he will set in the future.”


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Parkview’s Ben Warren

Name: Ben Warren

School: Parkview

Class: Senior

College choices: Berry, Lipscomb

Twitter handle: benkwarren

Favorite pool: Georgia Tech diving well

Favorite Olympic diver: Greg Louganis

Favorite event: 11-dive meets

Year-round club: Gwinnett Diving

Favorite music artist: Journey

Favorite TV show: “Bones”

Favorite restaurant: Chili’s

Noteworthy:

• Class AAAAAA state diving champion last season

• Clody Invitational champion last season

• Third at county, fourth at Gwinnett Dive Invitational last season

Coach Jack Gayle’s take: “Ben’s progression in diving has been nothing short of amazing. He had the good fortune to follow in the footsteps of Sean Piner, but his success and accomplishments have been all his own. He has dedicated himself to diving, but more importantly, he has dedicated himself to being the best he can be. This focus paid off with a state championship last year, and I know that Ben has thought non-stop about what it would take to repeat that feat. I have every confidence in him. He’s that kind of kid.”

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Carrington BeVier

Name: Carrington BeVier

School: Peachtree Ridge

Class: Senior

College choice: South Carolina

Twitter handle: cgbevier

Favorite pool: University of South Carolina

Favorite Olympic swimmer: Rebecca Soni

Favorite events: Breaststroke and individual medley

Year-round swim club: SwimAtlanta Sugarloaf

Favorite music artist: Drake

Favorite TV show: “The Walking Dead”

Favorite restaurant: Chipotle

Noteworthy:

• State, county champion in 100 breaststroke last season

• Third at state, county champion in 200 individual medley last season

• Sixth at state, county champion in 200 IM as a sophomore

Coach Jeremy Laird’s take: “Carrington is a strong student-athlete who excels in and out of the water. She is a team captain this season and is a huge help with mentoring the younger, newer athletes to the team. She is not only successful with swimming, she is academically strong, maintaining a GPA of 3.917. She is a polite, mature and wonderful young woman to have on the team. Her maturity and leadership are what drives her to be successful. Carrington’s success with swimming has proven that she is talented athlete with many accomplishments, including last season state championship in the women’s 100 breastroke.”


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Morgan Fleming

Name: Morgan Fleming

School: Parkview

Class: Junior

Nickname: Mo

College choices: Alabama, Berry

Twitter handle: “I don’t know what that is.”

Favorite pool: Georgia Tech

Favorite Olympic swimmer: Missy Franklin

Favorite event: 50 freestyle

Year-round swim club: SwimAtlanta Sugarloaf

Favorite music artist: Luke Bryan

Favorite TV show: “The Walking Dead”

Favorite restaurant: Sweet Tomatoes

Noteworthy:

• Fifth at state, fourth at county in 50 freestyle last season

• Sixth at state, third at county in 100 freestyle last season

• Fifth at state, fifth at county in 50 free as a freshman

Coach Jack Gayle’s take: “Morgan quite simply came out of nowhere. Though we had heard bits here and there about a talented summer league swimmer, I don’t think anyone was prepared for what Morgan did as a freshman. At a school of talented athletes, both past and present, Morgan would rank among the most talented of all time. The sky is the limit for her as a swimmer and a person. She is a vicious competitor, a tireless worker and completely impossible not to like. I can’t wait to see where life and swimming take her, and I feel lucky to have had the chance to be a part of her journey.”


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Anna Jahns

Name: Anna Jahns

School: Brookwood

Class: Junior

Nickname: A.J.

College choices: Purdue, Michigan, Southern California, UCLA

Twitter handle: swimannaj

Favorite pool: University of Georgia

Favorite Olympic swimmer: Tyler Clary

Favorite event: 500 freestyle

Year-round swim club: Gwinnett Aquatics

Favorite music artist: Lorde

Favorite TV show: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Favorite restaurant: Chipotle

Noteworthy:

• Third at state in 500 freestyle last season

• Eighth at state in 200 freestyle last season

• County runner-up in 200, 500 free last season

Coach Greg Puckett’s take: “Anna had a breakout sophomore season. She had a great county and state meet. At state, she made it to finals in both of her individual events as well as being a significant performer on relays. She placed eighth in the 200 freestyle and had an amazing swim in the 500 freestyle to finish third. Her 500 freestyle time was the 43rd-fastest high school time of the season in the nation and earned her recognition as an All-American. Going into her junior year, the team has high expectations for her continued success and I feel confident that she will not disappoint them. Her quiet leadership by example and her performance in the pool will be a tremendous asset to the team this season.”


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Haley McInerny

Name: Haley McInerny

School: Peachtree Ridge

Class: Junior

College choices: Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, North Carolina

Twitter handle: haleymcinerny

Favorite pool: University of Georgia

Favorite Olympic swimmer: Dana Vollmer

Favorite event: 100 butterfly

Year-round swim club: SwimAtlanta Sugarloaf

Favorite music artist: Imagine Dragons

Favorite TV show: “New Girl”

Favorite restaurant: Cheesecake Factory

Noteworthy:

• State, county champion in the 100 butterfly last season

• Sixth at state, county champion in 100 backstroke last season

• Fourth at state, third at county in 100 fly as a freshman

Coach Jeremy Laird’s take: “Haley is a natural leader. She is always very helpful to others on the team. She is one of the most talented swimmers to ever come through the Peachtree Ridge program. She is a very dynamic swimmer who can excel at any event she swims whether it is a sprint event or distance event. She is the life of the party on the team. She is a self-motivated student-athlete who can pull the team together in times of need and get them pumped up. This year, Haley is representing the swim and dive team through the school’s SALT program, the Student-Athlete Leadership Team, which meets every Monday to work on leadership skills. We are confident that Haley will have a successful season and are already looking forward towards her senior year next year.”


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Savannah Ruedt

Name: Savannah Ruedt

School: Peachtree Ridge

Class: Senior

College choice: Marshall

Twitter handle: savyruedt

Favorite pool: Auburn

Favorite Olympic swimmer: Michael Phelps

Favorite event: 1,650 freestyle

Year-round swim club: SwimAtlanta Sugarloaf

Favorite music artist: Kenny Chesney

Favorite TV show: “CSI”

Favorite restaurant: Cheesecake Factory

Noteworthy:

• Sixth at state in 500 freestyle last season

• Seventh at state in 200 freestyle last season

• Third at county in both 200 and 500 free last season

Coach Jeremy Laird’s take: “Savannah is a very nice, mature young lady involved in a lot of things at Peachtree Ridge. It is amazing how she is able to juggle her time with swimming, yearbook and the school’s Spirit Pride and still maintain a high GPA. Whether working with others or getting ready for the next meet, Savannah seems to be ready and motivated for whatever comes next. Her maturity and reliability puts her far ahead of the competition. Having the privilege to work with Savannah both in and out of the classroom has been a great opportunity for me. I see great things in Savannah’s future and know that she will be a good addition to the swim program at Marshall University next fall.”


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Archer’s Alexi Smith

Name: Alexi Smith

School: Archer

Class: Senior

Nickname: Lex

College choice: Florida State

Twitter handle: RespectTheLex

Favorite pool: Auburn

Favorite Olympic swimmer: Cullen Jones

Favorite event: 50 freestyle

Year-round swim club: SwimAtlanta Sugarloaf

Favorite music artist: Sevyn Streeter

Favorite TV show: “Awkward”

Favorite restaurant: Moe’s

Noteworthy:

• State, county champion in 50 freestyle last season

• State, county champion in 100 freestyle last season

• State runner-up in 50 free, fourth in 100 free as a sophomore

Coach Shannon Wilson’s take: “Alexi possesses not only natural talent as a swimmer, but a phenomenal work ethic as well. She understands that in order to succeed at the level she wants to reach it takes more than talent, and because of this she is willing to work harder than everyone else. In addition to being a great swimmer, Lexi is also a team player. She wants to be successful but also wants her teammates to be successful. She cheers her teammates on and will offer advice to her novice teammates to help them become the best swimmers they can be. She is definitely a leader on this team. … Alexi Smith is a true competitor and an asset to the Archer swim program.”