High School Swimming
Moore ends junior year with top-3 finishes
ATLANTA — Northgate junior Justin Moore continued to be among the top varsity swimmers in the state at Georgia High School Association State Swimming Championships.
After reaching the state finals for the third consecutive year, Moore capped off his 2013-14 season with a pair of top-3 finishes including a state runner-up effort in the Class AAAAA-A 100-yard freestyle.
The Viking standout put together personal-best efforts for the second consecutive day in both the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke, where he placed third overall for the second consecutive season.
Also on Saturday, East Coweta senior Nick Hogsed capped off his varsity career with two individual swims in the Class AAAAAA Championships, turning in top-five efforts in both.
Hogsed finished fourth in the 500 freestyle and fifth place in the 200 freestyle.
The Vikings finished 19th of 44 schools that scored with 36 points with senior Andrew Wheeler adding a 13th-place finish in the 100 butterfly on Saturday.
Northgate junior Delaney Wallace also scored for the school in Saturday’s finals with a ninth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke while accounting for all of the Lady Vikings’ nine points.
Both are expected to make another strong run at a potential state title as seniors.
It took a pair of state records on Saturday to deny Moore his first.
North Hall standout Paul Powers finished three seconds ahead of the Viking, setting a new state mark of 43.99. Moore’s mark of 46.10 was equally faster than his preliminary time of 46.58, having set a new personal best.
In the 100 backstroke, Dalton’s Ethan Young set a new state record of 47.85 while Powers placed second in 49.43.
Moore’s third-place effort of 50.70 was ahead of Friday’s preliminary time of 50.86.
Wallace capped off her junior season with a personal best in the 100 breaststroke finishing in 1:07.16, more than a full second ahead of Friday’s mark of 1:08.05.
In his final varsity competition, Wheeler finished the 100 butterfly in 53.28 to add four points for Northgate’s boys.
Hogsed turned in a time of 4:30.91 in the 500 freestyle, nearly six seconds faster than his time in Friday’s preliminaries as well as three better than his top time during the regular season.
Kevin Litherland of Chattanooga won the event in 4:22.91, having been 22 seconds slower during the regular season with his state qualifying time. Litherland, one of three triplets that compete for Dynamo Swim Club, will swim at the University of Georgia.
Collins Hill junior Cody Bekemeyer was second in 4:30.42.
Litherland and Bekemeyer also finished first and second in the 200 freestyle. Hogsed’s fifth-place effort of 1:41.73 was two seconds faster than Friday’s time in preliminaries.