Swimmers dive at the start of the boys 100 yard freestyle during the Gwinnett High School Championship Meet on Saturday. (Photo: Kyle Hess)
Abby Gardner won the girls diving championship, highlighting Wesleyan’s performers in the Metro Swimming and Diving Championships this past weekend.
The Wolves placed fifth in the girls division and 12th in the boys division of the meet, which featured more than 30 high school teams.
Gardner scored 403.60 points in her victory, leading a group of five Wolves in the top 10 for diving. Teammate Maggie Dryden was fifth (325.40), while Kate McCahan (seventh, 307.65), Tucker Cannon (seventh, 253.00) and Taylor Panther (ninth, 282.65) also placed high in diving.
Wesleyan swimmer Caroline White was fourth in the 100-yard freestyle in 56.66 seconds for her team’s top swimming finish. Luke Hedrick also had a top-10 finish in 10th in the 100 butterfly (58.14).
The Wolves also had a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 200 freestyle relay.
The girls 200 free relay of Camille Roy, Lillie Baker, Ellie Bradach and White swam the race in 1:45.16, while the boys foursome of Ben Buckley, Nathan Settlage, John Adent and Hedrick swam it in 1:32.93.
Johnson lowers Dacula record
Dacula’s Andrew Johnson broke the school record in the 100 butterfly at last weekend’s Gwinnett County Swimming and Diving Championships.
The senior placed fourth overall in the 100 butterfly with a school-record time of 52.22, which lowers the old mark that he set last year in 52.67. He also established a new 100 breaststroke record this season at 1:02.47.
Youth movement at county
Saturday was a good day for the youngsters at the county meet.
Of the 16 individual swimming finals, only six were won by seniors. North Gwinnett’s Tomas Peribonio (200 individual medley, 100 free), Collins Hill’s Jon Atnip (50 free), Archer’s Alexi Smith (50, 100 free) and Grayson’s Mason McIntyre (100 fly) were the senior champions.
The other 10 races were won by swimmers who will return for the 2015 meet, including quite a few from Brookwood, led by double-winner Anna Jahns, a junior. The Broncos also had some of the youngest event winners with freshmen Devan Sweeney and Maddy Cohen and sophomores Erin Scott and sophomore Alex Taylor each winning an individual county title.