The Chamblee Bulldogs won the program’s fourth consecutive DCSD Swim and Dive Championship in 2016.
DeKalb County swim teams come together for the 47th year to decide the county boys’ and girls’ swimming champions as Chamblee hosts the event today (Friday) and Saturday.
The event opens tonight with the 1-Meter Diving finals beginning at 5:00 pm (boys) and 5:35 (girls). The swimming finals begin at 3:00 pm on Saturday at the Chamblee High pool.
Chamblee goes for its fifth consecutive title after winning its fourth title in 2016 264-216 over Lakeside. The Bulldogs return senior Noah Oh, the 200 and 500 freestyle champion a year ago, along with sophomore Liam Bell who set a meet record time of 57.60 in the 100 breaststroke and also claimed the 200 individual medley.
The Bulldogs also swept all three relays on the way to the title in 2016.
Lakeside will be one of the top contenders in the boys’ competition and has 18 swim titles to its credit having won nine consecutive from 2004 to 2012 before Chamblee started its streak in 2013.
The Viking return diving champion Sam Witcher and 100 butterfly champ Mark Rotolo as well as Charles Cadot (50 freestyle bronze) and Alec Bundesmann (500 free bronze).
Dunwoody has 14 boys’ titles and last won in 2003 and also looks to knock off Chamblee after placing second in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays on the way to a third place finish a year ago.
Senior Christopher Thames returns in the 100 backstroke where he set a new meet record of 51.15 and also grabbed silver in the 200 freestyle. Sophomore Juan Martinez won silver in the 50 freestyle and a bronze in the 100 freestyle in 2016.