Prep Swimming: Northgate leads 1-2-3 finish for county teams in LaGrange

From Staff Reports
Led by a 435-point effort from its girls swimmers, Northgate led an all-Coweta County 1-2-3 finish during Saturday’s annual Laps For Love swim meet at the Mike Daniel Recreation Center in LaGrange.
Northgate outdistanced both Newnan and East Coweta, respectively, among nine schools in competition while finishing with 763 points, more than 100 over second-place Newnan. The Lady Vikings effort also topped all girls teams by over 100 points.
Teams return to the pool on Saturday for the annual Clarke-Oconee Invitational at the University of Georgia’s Ramsey Center. All three county schools close the regular season on Saturday, Jan. 26 for East Coweta’s annual Tribal Challenge meet at the Summit YMCA.
Newnan, led by its boys effort en route to a division championship, finished a strong second with 636 points. The Cougars held off Northgate’s boys by a 372-328 margin for top honors.
East Coweta, which was missing top boys swimmer Nick Hogsed, finished third with 539 points while holding off LaGrange (524) and Lee County (489). Troup (286), Bremen (209), Fayette County (51) and Lamar County (23) rounded out competition.

The Lady Vikings put together a pair of winning relays in both the 200-yard medley and 400 freestyle events. A lineup of Kalie Whiddon, Delaney Wallace, Giulia Middei and Hayley Holmes led a finish of 2:02.71 in the medley, improving on its state qualifying time of 2:03.43 from earlier in the season.

The same foursome led the 400-freestyle relay in 4:11.72 for its best time of the year while also having qualified for next month’s GHSA Class AAAAA Championships.

Individually, Whiddon picked up a pair of top-three finishes including a victory in the 100 freestyle in 1:01.14 to qualify for the state meet. She also placed third in the 200 freestyle (2:20.83).

Wallace also had a victory among two finishes in the top-two. She won the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.62, having already qualified for the state meet in the event.

Wallace also placed second in the 100 backstroke in 1:08.18, with Holmes in fourth (1:11.75) and Savannah Moore in sixth (1:16.80).

Holmes was also third in the 50 freestyle and teammate Bria Malry right behind in fourth to give Northgate another event with multiple scorers. Malry added a fourth-place effort in the 100 breaststroke and Rachel Deloach was sixth overall. Deloach also finished 11th in the 50 freestyle.

Other top individual finishes for the Lady Vikings included Kelly Henderson’s second-place finish in the 200 IM (2:52.06). She also was fourth in the 100 freestyle.

Middei finished second in the difficult 500 freestyle (6:36.92) and also was fourth in the 200 butterfly in 1:13.05.

Sarah Ziegler also scored for Northgate by placing sixth in the 100 freestyle (1:07.70).

Northgate swim teams have qualified for a combined 14 events including all six possible relays for the upcoming state meet.

The Vikings also captured relay wins in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle events. A lineup of Justin Moore, Harrison Griffiths, Spencer Ramthun and Russell Durrance finished the medley relay in 1:50.37, just a second off its personal best. Wheeler, Durrance, Alex Dahlquist and Justin Moore won the freestyle event in 3:39.47 while posting a season-best time.

Moore led Northgate’s boys individually with victories in the 100 backstroke (56.03) and the 50 freestyle (22.51), both in state qualifying marks. The freestyle mark was the sophomore’s best of the year.

Durrance, Dahlquist and Griffiths each had individual wins of their own. Durrance won the 200 freestyle (2:08.34) and was also fourth in the 500 freestyle (6:15.57). Dahlquist completed a Viking sweep of freestyle events in the 100 (56.33) while also taking seventh in the 100 backstroke.

Griffith’s victory came in the 100 breaststroke in 1:14.12. Ramthun was second in the 200 IM (2:20.83) and fifth in the 100 butterfly (1:06.09) while Wheeler was right behind Moore in the backstroke, taking second in 1:03.03.


The Cougars used consistency and depth to lead all boys scorers with 372 points, turning in top-five efforts among all three ‘A’ relay teams while continuing to work on posting a qualifying time for the upcoming state meet.

A medley relay of Drew Mask, Connor France, Reven Hutzelman and Johnny Jorgensen took third in 1:58.05, six seconds faster than the group’s seed time. A ‘B’ team of Caleb Schenck, Harrison Pearson, Austin Powell and Hunter Spradlin finished sixth.

Newnan’s top 200-freestyle relay of Pearson, Hutzelman, Mask and Jorgensen also finished third. in 1:43.84, while a 400 relay of Schenck, Gray Gaude, Andrew Cowe and France.

Spradlin, France, Pearson and Schenck scored in both their individual swims with top-eighth efforts. Spradlin was second in the 200 freestyle in 2:08.40 and third in the 500 (6:09.43). Schenck finished second in the 500 freestyle and sixth in the 200 IM.

Pearson placed third in the 100 breaststroke while also sixth in the 50 freestyle.

France was sixth in the 100 breaststroke and seventh in the 200 IM.

Mask, Gaude, Jorgensen and Cowe each had at least one finish in the top eight. Jorgensen placed fourth in the 50 freestyle and Mask finished fifth in the 100 backstroke.

Gaude and Cowe placed fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 200 freestyle. Austin Powell was fifth in the 100 breaststroke.

Michael Durant was 10th in the 100 backstroke.

The Lady Cougars put together a solid effort with 264 points while scoring in all three relays led by a fourth-place effort in the 400 freestyle from a lineup of Shelby Stillwell, Anna Bonomi, Hannah Haynes and Kait Nichols.

Individually, Courtney Darrow earned a victory in the 200 IM in 2:45.58 while also placing fifth in the 100 backstroke (1:11.92). Jacqueline Witt also had two top-six efforts among freestyle events, finishing third in the 500 and sixth in the 200 (2:36.71).

Others with top-eight finishes included Kaylee Wagstaff, who placed fifth in the 200 IM while also finishing ninth in the 100 butterfly. Bonomi placed fourth in the 500 freestyle while also 13th in the 100 breaststroke. Monroe placed seventh in the 200 freestyle.

Other notable swims included Monroe and Kimber Brown placing 14th and 15th, respectively in the 100 breaststroke. Stillwell and Kerrie Head were 13th and 14th in the 100 backstroke.

Stillwell also was 16th in the 100 freestyle while Haynes placed 17th in the breaststroke and 22nd in the 100 freestyle.


The Indians scored 296 points despite missing Hogsed over the weekend. Three relays finished among the top six with Jesse Murr, Cole Hanus and Sam Siprelle posted a pair of top-five individual efforts.

A 200-medley relay of Murr, Siprelle, Hunter Kirbow and Minsu Kang placed fourth while East Coweta saw its boys 200-freestyle relays finish fifth and sixth. Luc Boulet joined Kirbow, Murr and Kang in the ‘A’ relay while Siprelle, Collin Bennett, Nathan Azarowicz and Joshua Both comprised the ‘B’ team in sixth.

Murr led the way individually, placing second in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.36) and third in the 200 freestyle (2:11.63). Hanus was right behind Murr in the 200, placing fourth while also fifth in the 500 freestyle.

Siprelle placed fourth in the 200 IM and fifth in the 100 freestyle.

Other top boys efforts came from Boulet, who was third in the 50 freestyle in addition to placing ninth in the 100 breaststroke. Kirbow placed seventh in the 100 butterfly and Jonathan Doss was eighth in the 200 freestyle.

Azarowicz finished 16th in the 50 freestyle for the Indians.

East Coweta’s girls continued to be led by seniors Ashley Delgado and Kelsey Taliaferro. Both made up half of a second place 200 freestyle relay and a third place effort in the 200 medley relay while joined by Katie Sears and Kyra Odum.

Both Delgado and Taliaferro won individual swims. Delgado’s came in the 200 freestyle (2:06.67) to go with a third-place effort in the 100 backstroke. Taliaferro won the 100 butterfly in 1:05.36 and placed second in the 100 breaststroke.

Odum added a top-five effort by placing third behind Taliaferro in the breaststroke while also finishing 10th in the 100 freestyle. Sears added an eighth-place finish in the 100 freestyle and was 10th in the 100 backstroke.

The Lady Indians turned in a fifth-place time in the 400 freestyle relay with a team of Debra Price, Anna Dean, Taylor Hammond and Sarah Colwell.

Individually, Hammond was 11th in the 100 backstroke and Dean placed 14th in the 50 freestyle and 17th in the 100 backstroke.

Tori Epps added an 11th-place effort in the 100 breaststroke.

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