Posted: 1:55 pm Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
By Ricky Dimon
The St. Pius boys won the Riverwood Invitational last Saturday at Emory University, swimming away from runner-up Centennial by a comfortable cushion of 79 points. Marietta, Etowah and Northview rounded out the top five, all amassing more than 200 points (St. Pius had a winning score of 320). The Golden Lions got a victory from Zach Halbig in the 50-yard freestyle and Halbig also teamed up with Josh Chatfield, John Flynn and Connor O’Toole to prevail in the 200 medley relay. Grant Summers won the one-meter diving competition for St. Pius.
In the girls meet, Riverwood edged second-place St. Pius 299.5-283. Not unlike on the boys side, there was very little to choose between the top five teams—all of which finished with more than 200 points. The Northview girls came in third, just ahead of Milton and Pope. Interestingly, the first three individual girls races were won by freshmen. Kaylin Berinhout prevailed for Centennial in the 200 freestyle, Michelle Cho triumphed for Northview in the 200 individual medley and Melissa Brown of Grady took home top honors in the 50 freestyle.
Greater Atlanta Christian and Wesleyan met in a dual meet last Friday, splitting the boys and girls competitions. A thriller of a boys meet saw Greater Atlanta Christian edge Wesleyan 152-146, as the Spartans wrapped up victory in the second to last race with Landon Keller’s win in the 100 breaststroke. Keller also won the 200 individual medley in addition to participation on a pair of victorious relay teams—the 200 medley and 200 freestyle. The Spartans got other individual triumphs from Hunter Dye (200 and 500 freestyle), Jake Jacobi (50 freestyle), Austin Hall (100 butterfly) and Marshall Gray (100 freestyle).
Wesleyan’s girls made their battle against Greater Atlanta Christian far less interesting. They won every single event—including freshman Abby Gardner in one-meter diving—to prevail 207-74. Caroline White (50 and 100 freestyle) and Ellie Bradach (200 and 500 freestyle) both won a pair of individual races for the Wolves.
The 44th Annual Metro Swimming Atlanta Swimming and Diving Championships will be held this Friday and Saturday at Westminster. Another loaded field featuring Marist, Milton, Wesleyan and Woodward will be on hand. Westminster and Marist finished first and second, respectively, in both the boys and girls competitions last year. Milton, Northview and Woodward finished third through fifth, respectively, overall.