The Chamblee Bulldogs won their first DeKalb County Swimming and Diving Championship since 2018 by knocking off defending co-champions Lakeside and Dunwoody on Saturday at Chamblee.
Chamblee finished with 285 points and was followed in order by Lakeside (185), Dunwoody (171), Decatur (158) and Druid Hills (113) in winning their first county championship since 2018.
Chamblee took the lead in the morning’s opening event, one-meter diving, and never looked back as Micah Neely (416.05) and Jack Rourke (383.35) finished one-two in the event to give the Bulldogs 25 points followed by Dunwoody with 17 points and Lakeside 16.
Junior Jack Bolte picked up a pair of individual gold medals in taking the 500 freestyle (5:07.07) and 100 breaststroke (1:02.21) titles. He also teamed with Ian Combs, Michael Harper and Jack McClellan to win the 200-medley relay (1:38.75).
Combs, a sophomore, brought home the gold medal in the 100 backstroke (54.65) and teamed with Harper, McClellan and Garrett Peters to pick up his third gold medal of the meet as they finished off the day with a win in the 400-freestyle relay (3:20.59). The win gave the Bulldogs a total of six gold medals in the 12 events.
Lakeside trailed Dunwoody through seven events before taking over second place for good behind sophomore Jack Lawrence’s third place finish in the 500 freestyle to move ahead 120-116. The Vikings would outscore the Wildcats 63-56 the rest of the way to hold on for the runner-up finish.
Senior Craig Steinhauer led the Vikings bringing home two gold medals with wins in the 50 freestyle (21.50) and 100 freestyle (46.88).
Dunwoody brought home three gold medals on the day led by sophomore Luke Sandberg with wins in the 200 freestyle (1:44.95) and 100 butterfly (54.10). Fellow Dunwoody sophomore Luke Amerson grabbed the gold in the 200-individual medley (2:04.64).
Fourth place Decatur picked up the gold in the 200-freestyle relay as Owen Robertson, Lewis Cloud, Aiden Franklin and Isaiah Lewis with a time of 1:30.84.
Fifty-five participants picked up state qualifying times. Some of the notable qualifiers from other schools include Phidi Brann (Druid Hills, 2nd in 200 IM), Phillip Doyle (Redan, 3rd in breaststroke, 4th in 50 free), Caleb Bauer (Druid Hills, 5th, 100 butterfly), Ryan Hunt (SW DeKalb, 6th in both butterfly and 100 free) and Mason Horner (Druid Hills, 2nd in 500 free).
See link below for full results from 2023 DCSD County Swimming Championships: