High School Swimming

Teams get ready to close 2013 portion of schedule

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Newnan senior Courteney Darrow is on the cusp of earning a state qualifying time in the 100-yard backstroke after coming .06 seconds shy during a victory at last weekend’s Toys For Tots Invitational in Troup.


Junior Caleb Schenck became the first Newnan varsity swimmer to clinch a trip to the Georgia High School Association State Championships earlier this season.

But he could have company by the end of this week.

Newnan swimmers continued to hunt down state qualifying times while placing second overall among 10 schools at last weekend’s Toys for Tots Invitational at the Mike Daniel Recreation Center in Troup County with 760 points, behind only Columbus.

Schenk helped lead the Cougars to 415 of the total while winning two individual events, including the 500-yard freestyle where he qualified for the upcoming Class AAAAAA state meet last month.

Schenk was also a part of a winning 200-yard freestyle relay that came less than a second from adding another qualifying mark.

Both the boys and girls return to the pool on Friday at Boundary Waters Aquatic Center in Douglasville in their final meet of the 2013 portion of the schedule in what is a busy week of action locally.

East Coweta, fresh off a trip to the Comin’ to Town meet in Jonesboro last weekend where it placed seventh among 17 schools, travels to Woodward Academy today for a quad-meet that includes Northgate. Among each’s state qualifiers heading into today, Indians senior standout Nick Hogsed has already earned state times in the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle.

Northgate, meanwhile, has the most qualifiers of any county school so far. Junior Delaney Wallace has state times for the Lady Vikings in both the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke, while senior Andrew Wheeler and junior Justin Moore have also added multiple qualifying times individually.

Wheeler has earned marks in the 200 IM, 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly while Moore has added them in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke. The duo have also teamed up for a qualifying relay in the 200 freestyle.

As for Newnan, the Lady Cougars have also been on the cusp of adding their first qualifying time of the 2013-14 season. Led by Courtney Darrow’s victories in the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke, the girls scored 345 points last weekend to rank third behind lineups from Columbus (466) and LaGrange (351).

Darrow was a mere .06 seconds from earning her state time in the 100 backstroke (1:06.06) while also improving her previous best in the 200 IM (2:36.47) by 4.91 seconds.

The Cougars, meanwhile, posted victories in both 200 relays and came 33-hundredths of a tick away from qualifying in the freestyle. Schenk joined fellow juniors Harrison Pearson and Hunter Spradlin as well as senior Drew Mask for a winning time of 1:40.33.

“We’re hoping they will both make state times [tonight],” said Newnan coach Courtney Stillwell of Darrow and the boys 200 freestyle relay. “We had many personal best times at the meet last weekend.”

Mask, Spradlin and Pearson joined freshman Gabe Griffith to win the 200 medley relay in 1:57.73. A 400 freestyle relay of Griffith, senior Connor France, junior Michael Durant and sophomore Gray Gaude placed third in 4:13.35.

Individually, Schenk, who posted a state mark of 5:18.16 in the 500 freestyle earlier this year, won the event last weekend in 5:41. He also won the 200 freestyle in 2:02.40.

Other Cougars with top-five finishes included Spradlin (3rd 100 free, 5th, 200 IM), Pearson (4th 100 breast, 5th 100 free), Griffith (5th, 500 free), Durant (2nd, 100 back), Mask (4th 100 back) and France (3rd, 100 breast).

Despite a disqualification in the 200 medley relay, the Lady Cougars placed third in the free with a team of Darrow, sophomore Shelby Stillwell, freshman Sophie Bonomi and junior Jacqueline Witt in 2:02.89. A 400 freestyle relay of senior Lindsay Stewart and juniors Kaitlyn Nichols, Anna Bonomi and Jessica Monroe was fourth in 5:10.19.

Top-five individual finishers for Newnan girls included Witt (4th, 200 free; 5th, 50 free), Wagstaff (4th, 200 IM; 4th 100 butterfly), Monroe (4th, 500 free), Anna Bonomi (5th, 500 free; 5th, 100 breast) and Stillwell (5th, 100 backstroke).

MURR LEADS EAST COWETA EFFORTS IN JONESBORO: Indians senior Jesse Murr helped lead East Coweta to a seventh place effort last weekend while earning a victory individually in the 100 backstroke. Murr also was sixth in the 100 freestyle while also contributing on relay efforts.

The Indians’ top 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays each placed sixth while the team placed seventh in 200 freestyle relay. The boys added a 13th-place finish in the 400 freestyle from its ‘B’ relay.

The Lady Indians were led by a ninth-place effort in the 200 freestyle relay.

Other top individual efforts included Sam Siprelle among boys, placing third in the 100 breaststroke and ninth in the 100 freestyle. Josh Buth was eighth in both the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle.

Indians scorers also included Trey Doss (14th, 500 free) and Collin Bennett (16th, 100 free).

Lady Indians who scored individually included Maggie Hogsed (6th, 200 free; 7th, 100 back), Katie Lynn Sears (10th, 100 fly) and Taylon Hammons (15th, 100 back).



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