STONE MOUNTAIN — Griffin Ramsey of Norcross posted a score of 418.10 in Saturday’s Gwinnett County boys diving championship at the Mountain Park Aquatic Center and there’s good reason to believe there may be bigger and better things to come from the sophomore.
Ramsey, who placed fourth at county and fifth at state last year as a freshman, was solid throughout his 11-round dive list on the 1-meter board and eventually finished with a 19.50-point advantage over senior Ben Warren of Parkview, who finished second with a score of 398.60.
“It feels awesome,” said Ramsey, who broke his own school record of 415.25 set in 2013. “I finally got it as a sophomore. Ben and I are kind of even and whoever dives better that day usually wins. I save my favorite dives as my last two dives — front one-and-a-half full and the front two-and-a-half. It was still kind of iffy coming into the last two rounds today, so I needed to finish well.”
Warren, who finished third in the 2013 county championship, will be back this year to defend his state title next month at Georgia Tech.
“It went well today even though I started off a little slow,” Warren said. “But I always know that I can finish strong with my three best dives at the end. I figure if I can hit 400 or better, I should have a chance to win and I was close. I still get to go back to state and defend there. But I can clean up a few things and work on repetition before then.”
Ben Parker of Collins Hill finished third with 351.65 points and he was followed by 2013 county champion Jeremy Rutledge of Grayson in fourth with 330.40 points and Jacob Oertley of Dacula in fifth with 313.25.
Grayson was the only school to place two divers in the top 10 as Josh Anthony White finished sixth with 304.40 points.
North Gwinnett’s Timothy Hoell was seventh with 303.15 points, Lanier’s Anthony Albanese was eighth with 282.50, Mountain View’s Zach Higashi was ninth with 280.55 and Meadowcreek’s Jalen Lewis was 10th with 274.50 in the field of 31 divers.
Lewis, in just his first year of competition, became only the second Meadowcreek diver to ever qualify for the state championship, a remarkable story for the junior who only recently even learned how to swim.
“I feel great right now,” Lewis said. “I broke the school record with my score, qualified for state and got 10th place. This is sort of blowing my mind right now. Now I get to go to state and compete and just do my best.”
2014 Gwinnett County Boys Diving Championship
Mountain Park Aquatic Center
- Griffin Ramsey, Norcross 418.10
- Ben Warren, Parkview 398.60
- Ben Parker, Collins Hill 351.65
- Jeremy Rutledge, Grayson 330.40
- Jacob Oertley, Dacula 313.25
- Josh Anthony White, Grayson 304.40
- Timothy Hoell, North Gwinnett 303.15
- Anthony Albanese, Lanier 282.20
- Zach Higashi, Mountain View 280.55
- Jalen Lewis, Meadowcreek 274.50