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Evans boys and Greenbrier girls win in county swimming championships

Posted: January 29, 2014 - 1:06am
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Lakeside's Michelle Gariepy finishes in first place in heat 2 with a time of 31.79 during the Columbia County Swimming Championships at the Augusta Aquatics Center on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
Lakeside's Michelle Gariepy finishes in first place in heat 2 with a time of 31.79 during the Columbia County Swimming Championships at the Augusta Aquatics Center on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF

The Evans boys and Greenbrier girls came out on top at the Columbia County Swimming Championships, which were held Thursday night at the Augusta Aquatics Center.

Evans coach Tiffani Douglas said she was very pleased with her team’s undefeated record this season.

“It’s been quite a few years since we won, so they did a great job,” Douglas said.

Evans dominated in the relay events, sweeping all three with strong swimming from junior Mitchell Petras, sophomore Aaron Hendry, freshman Jarod Thornton and seniors Dillon Keeler and Luca Castresana. Petras, Hendry and Castresana also contributed two first-place finishes each in individual events for Evans’ 603-point meet total.

Greenbrier and Lakeside finished with 554 and 350 points respectively.

The Greenbrier girls defeated Lakeside and Evans with a score of 580, which coach Kristen Schlegel attributed in part to team spirit.

“We had so many kids screaming and cheering,” Schlegel said.

The Lakeside girls also won all the relay races, but Greenbrier’s depth of talented swimmers in individual events sealed the victory. Greenbrier also gained a 20-point advantage by having the only competitor in the 1-meter diving event. Lakeside finished with 555 points and Evans came in a distant third with 348.

Greenbrier senior Ashley Boudreaux took first place in the 50-yard freestyle, freshman Ellen Johnson took first in the 200-yard freestyle and freshman Rebecca Martini took first in the 100-yard breast stroke. Lakeside sophomore Katy Older also posted two individual first place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard medley.

The winning teams were scheduled to compete in CSRA Championships on Tuesday.

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