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Swimming and Diving Teams Win 2020 State Championship

The swimming and diving teams clinched both the boys and girls Class A-3A state championship titles Saturday afternoon for the third consecutive year.

The boys team finished with 552 points, far ahead of second-place Wesleyan with 255 points. The girls team won with 535 points, ahead of runner-up Greater Atlanta Christian with 282 points.

The competition began Thursday with the diving finals. Alex York '20 placed second in the boys final and Max Graves '20 placed fourth. On the girls team, Caroline Blankenbecler '22 finished second, with Emme Payne '21 in fourth and Tori Penn '20 in seventh, respectively.

At the swimming finals Saturday, the boys 200-yard medley relay team of Huntington Stone '20, Saavan Shah '22, Daniel Barra '20, and Connor Hinkes '20 finished in first with an All-American time of 1:33.00. The girls team of Mary Claire Anderson '20, Janine Horst '23, Amy Zhao '21, and Genae Horst '23 also took gold with a time of 1:46.54.

In the 200-yard individual medley, Gigi Johnson '22 took first place with an All-American time of 2:00.86. On the boys team, Miles Clayton '22 finished in third with a time of 1:58.52.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Connor Hinkes '20 and Annie Jardina '22 each won gold with times of 20.36 (All-American) and 23.51 (All-American consideration), respectively.

For the 100-yard butterfly, Daniel Barra '20 took second with 50.55 and Huntington Stone '20 finished in third with 51.52. Amy Zhao '21 placed third with a time of 56.81.

Connor Hinkes '20 took third in the 100-yard freestyle (46:24) for the boys and Annie Jardina '22 placed third for the girls (51.81).

Samantha Bertschi '21 took second in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:06.02.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay, both the boys and girls team placed first. Savaan Shah '22, Tobias Liu '22, Ashwin Pillai '21, and Huntington Stone '20 recorded a time of 1:25.86 and Gigi Johnson '22, Genae Horst '23, Samantha Bertschi '21, and Annie Jardina '22 finished in 1:34.21.

Gigi Johnson '22 won gold in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:02.98.

To wrap up the meet, the boys and girls 400-yard freestyle relay teams both finished in first place. Connor Hinkes '20, Myles Clayton '22, Peter Bernot '20, and Daniel Barr '20 had a time of 3:07.95 (All-American consideration). The girls team—Gigi Johnson '22, Samantha Bertschi '21, Annie Jardina '22, and Amy Zhao '21—recorded an All-American time of 3:26.85, 17 seconds ahead of the runner-up.

The 2020 titles are the 27th and 24th titles for the boys and girls programs, respectively. The teams are led by varsity swimming and diving coach Sharon Loughran and varsity diving coach Cynthia Potter.

The GHSA state swimming and diving championship was held at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.

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