DeKalb County put together one of its best GHSA State Swimming and Diving Meets performances in years over the weekend with four teams finishing in the Top 10 of the 2016 Classes 5A-4A-3A-2A-1A meets.
The Dunwoody Lady Wildcats came within 10 points of a state title with 215 points just behind state champ Marist’s 225 to take the runners-up spot on Saturday.
Dunwoody finished fourth a year ago with six Top 10 finishes and two silver medals. The Lady Wildcats gave a run at the state title with eight Top 10 finishes and a pair of relay gold medals.
The relay team of Laura Spratling, Hannah Robison, Allie Reiter and Kaleigh McGrady swam to gold medals in the 200 yard freestyle (1:38.10) and 400 yard freestyle (3:32.95) relays to pick two of the three gold medals in the girls’ meet picked up by DeKalb County entries. It was Dunwoody’s first 400 freestyle relay gold at state since 1987 and DeKalb’s first 200 freestyle relay gold medal since Briarcliff in 1964.
Allie Reiter contributed a silver medal for Dunwoody with a second place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:02.68) for the second consecutive season.
The Chamblee Lady Bulldogs jumped from a 44th place finish a year ago to fifth place in the 2016 meet with four Top 10 finishes.
Freshman Jade Foelske led the way for Chamblee picking up a gold medal in the 100 butterfly (54.31) and a silver in the 200 individual medley (2:01.43). Foelske is the first DeKalb gold medal winner in the butterfly since Kristina Ulveling of Tucker in 1990.
Druid Hills moved up one spot to finish in the Top 20 at 20th behind a pair of Top 10 finishes by Caroline Olson. Olson took fourth in the 100 backstroke (56.66) and sixth in the 200 freestyle (1:54.22).
The Chamblee Bulldogs finished third in the boys’ state meet for the second consecutive year despite improving on their eight Top 10 finishes with 10 and moving from one gold medal to three.
St. Pius nipped the Bulldogs for second behind Westminster with 256.5 points to the Bulldogs’ 256.
John Mitchell become the first individual double gold medal winner for DeKalb since Lakeside’s Jack Lane won the 100 and 200 freestyle in 2011. Mitchell captured gold in the 50 freestyle (20.89) and 100 freestyle (45.73).
Mitchell’s win in the 50 was the first gold for DeKalb in the event since Chamblee’s Nigel Plummer (21.03) in 2008. The 100 victory was the first for DeKalb since 1995 by Dunwoody’s Donny Johnson (47.90).
The 400 freestyle relay team of Noah Oh, Liam Bell, Alex Perry and John Mitchell made it back-to-back state titles for the Bulldogs with the gold in a time of 3:08.28. The victory gave Chamblee the honor of being the only DeKalb 400 relay team to win back to back gold medals in the event.
Liam Bell picked up two silver medals with second place finishes in the 200 individual medley (1:50.53) and the 100 breaststroke (55.76).
Druid Hills finished 25th in the teams standings with two Top 10 finishes including a bronze medal for Jackson Ford in the 100 breaststroke (57.23).
The Lakeside swim teams both finished in the Top 25 in the Class 6A Swimming and Diving competition.
The Vikings came in 20th with 51 points behind a pair of Top 10 finishes by Kyle Bundesman. Bundesman was seventh in the 200 individual medley (1:55.08) and 10th in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.04).
Sam Witcher put together a score of 386.00 in the 1 meter diving to finish ninth overall.
Jordyn Sak led the Lady Vikings to a 21st place finish with a 1 meter diving total of 407.90 to capture the bronze medal.
Julia Shuford added to the Lady Vikings’ total with a fifth place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.64).