High School Swimming
Lineups add to state times heading into county clash
Even prior to an extremely busy week beginning with Tuesday’s annual Coweta County Tri-Meet, varsity swim lineups were making tremendous strides heading into the final month of the 2013-14 season.
East Coweta, Newnan and Northgate’s boys teams all added state qualifying relay times at Saturday’s annual Clarke-Oconee Invitational in Athens while continuing to push for more with just three weeks until the GHSA Championships at Georgia Tech.
Complete results from Tuesday’s county tri-meet at the Summit Family YMCA’s Peniston-Powell Aquatic Center will appear in Thursday’s edition.
Heading into the county clash, Northgate was coming off a sixth-place finish among 24 schools during Saturday’s competition at the University of Georgia’s Ramsey Center.
Northgate lineups combined for 263 points to finish five ahead of Tift County.
The Vikings picked up a state times in both 200-yard relays among top-three finishes at the meet en route to scoring 189 points, fourth among boys teams.
Northgate’s boys opened Saturday’s meet with a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay as juniors Justin Moore and Harrison Griffiths joined sophomores Spencer Ramthun and Ben Taylor for a time of 1:47.14.
A 200 freestyle relay where Moore, Ramthun and Taylor joined senior Andrew Wheeler, added a season-best mark of 1:35.15 to finish second with another state mark.
Individually, the Vikings were equally strong, adding victories by Moore in the 50 freestyle in a season-best mark of 22.21, as well as one from Wheeler in the 100 butterfly (54.74). Moore also finished second in the 100 backstroke (54.77) while Wheeler was also third in the 100 freestyle (50.73) while both just off season-best times.
Both Northgate standouts have combined to qualify in eight individual events, five by Wheeler (200 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle) and three by Moore (100 backstroke, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle).
Other Viking scorers on Saturday included Spencer Ramthun in the 500 freestyle.
Swimmers can compete in a maximum of four events at the state meet, with a maximum of two individual and two relay events.
North Oconee and Oconee County lineups dominated Saturday’s meet in a 1-2 finish with 733 and 673 points, respectively, well ahead of third-place Lovett with 398 points.
East Coweta’s boys, which placed sixth with 145 points, were led by senior standout and University of Arizona signee Nick Hogsed.
Hogsed captured victories in both the 200 and 500 freestyle, both in season-best times to improve previous state-qualifying marks. He came in at 1:42.90 in the 200 freestyle while adding the No. 1 long-distance swim in the GHSA this year by completing the arduous 20-lap 500 in just 4:33.90.
Prior to the individual efforts, Hogsed joined a lineup of Indians seniors with Jesse Murr, Samuel Siprelle and Josh Buth to clinch a trip to the GHSA State Championships in the 200 medley relay by placing fifth in 1:48.97.
The foursome then closed the Athens meet by placing fourth in the 400 freestyle relay with another state mark of 3:37.63.
Individually, Murr was seventh in the 100 backstroke while Trey Doss also scored in the 200 freestyle. Murr and Siprelle scored in the 50 freestyle.
Newnan’s boys equally celebrated a state-qualifying relay as well, with a group of juniors clinching a trip in the 200 freestyle on Saturday. A relay of Cougars Harrison Pearson, Michael Durant, Caleb Schenk and Hunter Spradlin finished with a season-best time of 1:38.16 to place seventh overall on Saturday.
Individually, Schenck placed seventh in the 200 freestyle and eighth in the 100 backstroke, having already qualified for state individually in the 500 freestyle. Pearson placed ninth in the 50 freestyle.
Girls teams didn’t disappoint either in Athens led by Northgate’s 74 points in 11th place among gender standings. Junior Delaney Wallace captured a victory in the 100 breaststroke with a state-qualifying time of 1:09.39 and added another personal best with a state time of 25.13 in the 50 freestyle while placing second.
Wallace and seniors Hayley Holmes, Wendy Cervantes and Sarah Ziegler nearly added to a season-best state qualifying mark in the 200 freestyle relay, finishing fifth overall in 1:53.47. Wallace, Holmes, Cervantes and junior Rachel Schick, meanwhile continued to work toward adding a qualifying medley relay effort while placing 14th in 2:12.56.
A top Lady Vikings 400 freestyle relay of Schick, sophomores Tegan Pedersen and Madeline Long and senior Emerson Griffiths placed 16th in 4:57.44.
Cervantes was 18th in the 200 IM individually and Holmes was 16th in the 100 freestyle.
East Coweta’s girls scored 11 points led by a 14th-place effort in the 200 freestyle from a team of freshman Maggie Hogsed, seniors Katie Sears and Courtney Cowdell and junior Anna Dean. Hogsed also scored in the 500 freestyle.
Newnan’s girls scored 30 points led by a sixth-place finish in the 100 backstroke by Courtney Darrow.
A 400 freestyle relay team of juniors Kaitlyn Nichols and Anna Bonomi, senior Lindsay Stewart and freshman Sophie Bonomi placed 12th in 4:43.34 as the Lady Cougars continue to make a push for a breakthrough state qualifying time.