The Chamblee Bulldogs and Dunwoody Lady Wildcats would not turn loose of their DeKalb County Swimming and Diving Championships titles with wins at the 2018 Championships held recently at Chamblee High School.
The Bulldogs won their sixth consecutive DCSD Championship title 245-212 over the Lakeside Vikings behind two individual gold medals and all three relay titles. It is the second consecutive season for the
Louis Cardot captured the gold in the 200-yard freestyle with a state qualifying time of 1:46.61 after teaming with Aaron Boyer, Caleb Perry and Theo Hardy for a state qualifying and gold medal performance in the 200-yard medley relay (1:40.92) to kick start the Bulldogs day. It was the seventh consecutive gold in the medley relay for the Bulldogs.
Perry came back to capture gold in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.08 which qualified him for state. Perry and Hardy teamed up James Burgett and Alex Miretsky to give the Bulldogs six consecutive gold medals in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a state qualifying time of 1:31.97.
A seventh consecutive gold in the 400-yard freestyle relay completed the gold medals for the Bulldogs as Miretsky, Will Decker, Tyler Trocchi and Cardot swam a state qualifying time of 3:26.15.
Gavin Wheeler paced the Vikings’ second place finish with two finishes at the top of the podium. Wheeler won the 200-yard individual medley (2:02.40) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.57), both times were state qualifiers.
Sam Witcher won his third consecutive diving title with a new meet record of 545.65 in 11 dives. He broke his own record of 490.25 set a year ago.
Zachary Zhao (500 freestyle, 5:03.81) and Kamal Muhammad (100-yard backstroke, 52.41) both hit state qualifying marks in taking the gold in their events.
Dunwoody’s Grant Allison doubled up on gold medals in the sprint events with wins in the 50 freestyle (21.90) and 100 freestyle (48.52) in state qualifying times. It was the second time for Allison to sweep the two events to make him a four-time gold medal winner at the Championships.
The girls’ meet featured three new meet records as the Dunwoody Lady Wildcats upended the Chamblee Lady Bulldogs for the second consecutive season 235-202.
Dunwoody had one of the new meet records led by Lauren Davis breaking an eight-year old record in the diving with 466.65 points to overtake Rebecca Boyer’s record of 443.25 set in 2010. It was Davis’ second consecutive diving gold medal.
Other Dunwoody gold medal winners included Ashley Altera in the 200 freestyle (2:04.45), Keely Sanberg in the 50 freestyle (25.87) and Claire Tannen in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.44). Altera and Sanberg had state qualifying times in their events.
Chamblee’s second place finish was fueled by a pair of gold medals and a new meet record by Jade Foelske. Foelske broke the 37-year old record of 58.50 set by Lakeside’s Libba Newman in 1981 by almost two seconds with a time of 56.58. It was her second gold in the event having won in 2016. She also got a state qualifying time with a win in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:17.28.
Foelske is now a four-time individual gold medal winner having won the 100 freestyle in 2017 and the 100 butterfly in 2016.
The 200 medley relay also went to the Lady Bulldogs as Foelske joined teammates Teresa Maloney, Mary Adams and Molly Bruning to swim a state qualifying time of 1:57.02 in the victory.
Druid Hills’ Lainie Bell won two individual golds and helped her 200 freestyle relay team to a gold to lead Druid Hills fourth place finish. Bell broke the four-year record of 59.81 set by Lakeside’s Raleigh Bentz in 2014 with a time 58.47. She earlier had won the 200 individual medley in 2:24.32.
Bell joined Sophia Bell, Lisa Medord and Lydia Medford to win the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:46.53.
Decatur finished third at the meet with wins by Annie Pfeufer in the 100 freestyle (55.47) and the 400 freestyle relay team of Annie Pfeufer, Teresa Glasgow, Jane Pfeufer and Nadine Abrahamse with a time of 3:52.05.
The meet featured 53 individual state qualifying times and 22 relay teams to meet the state qualifying times.