After dominating the CSRA Swimming Championships, county swimmers fared well at the Georgia High School Association State Swimming and Diving Meet, Feb. 8.
The Evans boys went undefeated in competition leading up to the state meet and they were the county’s highest-placing team coming in eighth with 112 points. Greenbrier’s boys finished at No. 11 with 112 points.
For the girls, Greenbrier and Lakeside were close all year and they finished the same way with the Lady Wolfpack coming in at No. 19 (33) while the Lady Panthers were five spots behind at No. 24 (24).
“We had a great state competition,” Evans head coach Tiffanie Douglas said emphatically. “The team as a whole placed 8th in the state scoring 50 more points than any other CSRA team and improving drastically from a 28th-place finish a year ago. I am incredibly proud of these boys and the awesome accomplishments they have achieved this year.”
Individually the highest placers came from Greenbrier: Ayanna Woods took second in girls 1 meter diving and Brennan Day came in third in the boys 500-yard freestyle (4:37.31). Day also finished fifth in the 200 free (1:44.73).
Evans junior Mitchell Petras paced the team individually, finishing fourth in the 200 IM (1:55.68) and sixth in the 100 breaststroke (59.03), with teammate Aaron Hendry coming in 12th (1:00.82).
The Evans and Greenbrier relay teams competed across the spectrum.
In the 200 free relay, Evans, led by Luca Castresana, Tim Arnette, Dillon Keeler and Petras was fifth while the Greenbrier foursome of Michael Maher, Andrew Hogue, Dallin Tippett and Day were eighth. Evans was eighth in the 400 free relay led by Jarod Thornton, Joey Thornton, Hendry and Petras while Tippett, Maher, Hogue and Day led Greenbrier to the 15th position. Evans’ 200 medley relay team of Jarod Thornton, Keeler, Hendry and Castresana finished ninth.
In boys 1 meter diving, Evans’ Keeler led the county coming in seventh, Greenbrier’s CJ Simmons was 11th and Lakeside’s Ryan Vincenzetti was 26th.
In girls’ swimming, Lakeside sophomore Katy Older was seventh in the 200 IM (2:10.29), 13th in the 100 fly (58.44) and joined Holly Chafin, Jordan Smith and Emma Nelson to come in 13th in the 400 free relay. Greenbrier’s 400 free relay squad of Ellen Johnson, Rebecca Martini, Rebecca Troutman, Ashley Boudreaux finished 15th and the same four took 11th in the 200 free relay.
“I’m very proud of the Greenbrier swim team as well as the other high school swimmers/divers in the area,” Wolfpack coach Kristen Schlegel said.“Georgia is a very competitive state in swimming and to do so well shows how hard they worked this season.”
It was a fast meet and the Augusta area high schools represented very well.”