Published Friday, February 08, 2013
By DOUG GORMAN
The third trip to the GHSA State Swimming Championships hopes to be the charm for East Coweta junior Nick Hogsed.
The Indian standout —who qualified for all eight individual events in addition to pair of relays — is on pace to reach Saturday’s state finals in his two single swims if all goes well in today’s preliminaries.
Hogsed leads a large group of swimmers from East Coweta and Northgate that have qualified for respective Class AAAAAA and AAAAA-A meets at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.
He enters today’s preliminaries with the eighth fastest time in the 500-yard freestyle (4:39.10) and the 15th in the 200 (1:46.05) while primed to advance in both events.
Swimmers are limited to a maximum of two individual and two relay events at the state level.
In Class AAAAAA, Hogsed is joined by Indians teammate Jesse Murr individually. Murr qualified in the 100 backstroke in 59.84 during the final meet of the regular season.
Murr, Hogsed, Luc Boulet and Josh Booth also added a qualifying time in the 200-freestyle relay. The Indians will also swim the 400-freestyle relay.
The Lady Indians, meanwhile qualified for state in all three relay events for the second consecutive year. The medley team consists of seniors Kelsey Taliaferro and Ashley Delgado, Kyra Odum and Stacey Evans.
Sophomore Abby Korner swims on the 200 freestyle with Taliaferro, Odum and Delgado, while Anna Dean, Sarah Colwell, Tori Epps and Korner have been swimming the 400-freestyle relay.
Individually, Taliaferro will choose two events between her qualifying times in the 200 IM (2:19.34), 100 butterfly (1:03) and 100 backstroke (1:04.74),
Delgado expects to swim the 50 freestyle for one of her two individual events while entering with the 18th fastest qualifying time of 25.51. The other will come in the 100 (56.66) the 200 (2:03.79) or the 500 (5:38.96)
Northgate’s girls enter today’s preliminaries with the 27th fastest time in the 200-medley relay in AAAAA-A while led by sophomore Delaney Wallace.
The Lady Vikings also have the 29th best mark in the 200 freestyle (1:50.59) while hoping to make the finals.
Northgate’s boys, led by individual qualifiers Justin Moore and Andrew Wheeler, also reached state all three relay events.
Moore returns as an individual qualifier. After earning state time in five events, he’ll swim his signature 100 backstroke where he ranks in the top-10 in the classification.
“He has been working really hard and knows what it takes to get back there,” said Northgate head coach Becky Lowery.
His mark of 54.89 ranks 10th among AAAAA-A qualifiers. Moore's top 50-freestyle mark of 22.51 also ranks 20th among entries.
Wallace, who has been battling sickness, earned a spot in three events and will compete in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.39) and 50 freestyle (26.0).
A year ago, she just missed out on making it to the finals.
“She came so close,” Lowery said of Wallace. “She would love get there this year.”
Wheeler will will compete in the 100 butterfly (57.55) and the 100 breaststroke (5:19.83).
“It is going to be exciting to see how well we do in against some of the top swimmers around the state,” Lowery said.
After the state meet, Hogsed will turn his focus to the U.S. Nationals in Orlando where he has qualified for seven individual events and a spot in the 800 relay.