High School Swimming

Hogsed leads hopefuls into GHSA Preliminaries

Coweta County is primed for one of its best performances in the history of the GHSA State Swimming Championships with East Coweta, Newnan and Northgate sending representatives to today Class AAAAAA and AAAAA-A preliminaries at Georgia Tech.

Northgate qualifiers will open the event this morning with Class AAAAA-A preliminaries held from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

East Coweta and Newnan take to the pool at 5 p.m. for warmups before Class AAAAAA preliminaries begin at 6:30.

East Coweta senior Nick Hogsed, headed to the University of Arizona, enters with the state’s second-fastest time in the 500 freestyle. His personal best of 4:33.90 has been bettered by only Collins Hill junior Cody Bekemeyer (4:29.91).

Hogsed qualified in seven of the possible eight individual events for the GHSA State Meet. Swimmers can compete in a maximum of two individual and two relay events.

The Indians standout has the third fastest time in Class AAAAAA in the 200 freestyle (1:42.90), with Bekemeyer again leading state qualifiers.

Hogsed also is expected to swim on two of East Coweta’s three qualifying boys relays. Fellow senior Samuel Siprelle qualified individually in the 100 breaststroke.

“I feel like I am right where I need to be,” said Hogsed after last month’s Tribal Challenge. “I have been swimming seven days a week, a couple of times each day to get ready for both state and sectionals. My coach (Doug Gjertsen) has been training me pretty hard.”

Also in Class AAAAAA, Newnan’s boys will compete in the 200 freestyle relay while Cougar junior Caleb Schenck qualified in the 500 freestyle.

In Class AAAAA-A, Northgate sends a strong contingent of swimmers while qualifying five of a possible six relays among boys and girls teams.

Vikings junior Justin Moore has the sixth fastest qualifying time in the 100 backstroke (53.26) with a chance to again reach the state finals in the event. Moore also ranks ninth among qualifiers in the 50 freestyle while also reaching Thursday preliminaries in the 100 freestyle.

Northgate senior Andrew Wheeler will select to compete in two of his six qualifying events. The Vikings will also compete in all three boys relay events.

Junior Delaney Wallace leads Northgate’s girls into the Class AAAAA-A Preliminaries where the Lady Vikings have qualified in both the 200 medley and freestyle relays.

Wallace qualified individually in the 50 freestyle, 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke.

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