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Swimming and Diving Teams Win 2021 State Championships

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

The girls team won with 589 points, ahead of Greater Atlanta Christian’s 253 and Lovett’s 190. The boys team finished with 462 points, ahead of Greater Atlanta Christian's 260.5 and Mount Vernon's 220. The 2021 titles are the 28th and 25th titles for the boys and girls programs, respectively.

The competition began Tuesday with the diving finals, where Caroline Blankenbecler '22 finished second in the Class A-3A competition. 

On Thursday, the Wildcats won eight of the 11 girls swimming events and also sent three Westminster swimmers to the podium in the 200-yard individual medley with Gigi Johnson '22 placing first, Katie Christopherson '24 placing second, and Mary Claire Anderson '22 in third. 

The girls 200-yard medley relay team of Gigi Johnson '22, Sadie Clayton '24, Annie Jardina '22, and Katie Christopherson '24 crushed the state record with a time of 1:40.65.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Samantha Bertschi '21 placed third with a time of 1:52.30. Annie Jardina '22 took the gold in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing in 23.43.

Gigi Johnson '22 took finished first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 53.13 and Annie Jardina '22 placed first in the 100-yard freestyle with 51.42.

In the 500-yard freestyle event, Samantha Bertschi '21 came in second with a time of 5:00.44.

The 200-yard freestyle relay team took home gold, finishing in 1:36.86.

Sadie Clayton '24 placed third in the 100-yard backstroke (56.36) and Katie Christopherson '24 finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.81).

To wrap up the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay team came in first, finishing nearly 20 seconds ahead of the runner-up with a time of 3:24.45.

During the boys meet, the 200-yard medley team placed second with a time of 1:33.71

Saavan Shah '22 took home silver in the 200-yard individual medley, finishing with a time of 1:53.99.

Ashwin Pillai '21 placed third in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.57.

In the 100-yard butterfly, Miles Clayton '22 placed third with a time of 50.55.

The 200-yard freestyle relay team took home the gold, finishing in 1:24.43.

Miles Clayton '22 placed second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 51.78 and Saavan Shah '22 finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke, finishing in 54.79.

Finally, the 400-yard freestyle relay team won gold with its time of 3:12.02.

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