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Etowah and Wesleyan divers won state championships last night at Georgia Tech while the swimmers are currently in the midst of their state finals meet. See these stories and our wrestling notebook and rankings below. 

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How many state titles has the Brookwood girls swimming team won in the past 12 seasons? 
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1. Archer

2. Camden County

3. Collins Hill

4. Chattahoochee

5. Grayson

6. North Forsyth

7. South Forsyth

8. North Gwinnett

9. Etowah 

10. Mountain View



1. Cambridge

2. Woodland-Cartersville

3. Pope

4. Allatoona

5. Creekview

6. Ware County

7. Whitewater

8. Ola

9. Effingham County

10. Clarke Central


Class AAAA

1. Gilmer

2. Lumpkin County

3. Lithonia 

4. Alexander

5. Cass

6. Carrollton

7. Glenn Hills

8. Chestatee

9. Marist

10. South Effingham


Class AAA

1. Buford

2. Banks County

3. Morgan County

4. Woodward Academy

5. Adairsville

6. St. Pius X

7. Sonoraville 

8. Elbert County

9. Oconee County

10. North Hall


Class AA

1. Jefferson

2. Bremen

3. Social Circle

4. Toombs County

5. Greater Atlanta Christian

6. Lovett

7. East Laurens

8. Spencer

9. Pepperell

10. Westminster


Class A

1. Commerce

2. Gordon Lee

3. Turner County

4. Darlington

5. Mt. Zion-Carroll

6. Holy Innocents'

7. Athens Christian

8. Strong Rock Christian

9. Mount Vernon

10. Eagle's Landing Christian


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By Ricky Dimon
Wesleyan, Etowah divers win state titles


Wesleyan freshman Abby Gardner capped off an undefeated season by winning the Class A-AAAAA one-meter diving title and Etowah junior Madison DuVall won in Class AAAAAA at the state diving championships Thursday at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.


The Wolves placed four divers in the top 10. Gardner may be following in the footsteps of former Wesleyan great Lauren Hall, who graduated in 2012. Hall won four straight individual diving championships and Gardner is one step on the way to such a feat. This, however, was the Wolves' best-ever overall team performance.


"This is my first year that I've had all four divers get in the top 10," said diving coach Jonathan Nye. "Abby's a really special diver. She's been diving for many years and she dives year-round at Atlanta Diving Association. She has a really good work ethic. She's one of those really dedicated divers. I was hoping she would get top three as a freshman-there are some other top five divers that are really good-but to win it was great."


Fellow Wesleyan freshman Kate McCahan finished third while juniors Maggie Dryden and Taylor Panther came in sixth and ninth, respectively. Greenbrier junior Ayanna Woods, who placed fifth last year, improved to second place.


On the boys' side, Pace Academy put two divers in the top five: Moncino brothers Harrison (champion) and Owen (fifth place). Harrison has now won back-to-back state championships after finishing runner-up as a freshman. Owen has turned in consecutive fifth-place performances.


"I think the whole team did great," Pace diving coach Jim Ebert explained. "The competition overall was tougher this year, so for Owen to maintain his fifth-place position means he dove really well. I'm very proud of both of them. They're good kids, great divers and a lot of fun to have."


"It feels amazing right now," Harrison assured. "I'm overjoyed to be two-time state champion. I was kind of expecting it, but this year I had a little bit of competition because a couple of my (club) teammates dove and they did great. I'm hoping for a three-peat next year and also a four-time all-American."


DuVall was the top returning underclassman from last year's Class AAAAAA meet in which she finished third. DuVall lived up to expectations and captured the title on Thursday. In the boys' event, Norcross sophomore Griffin Ramsey took home top individual honors.


Ramsey finished fifth last year and this time overcame three divers who had topped him in 2013. Defending champion and Parkview senior Ben Warren finished runner-up. Campbell put two divers in the top 10 (David Bullock in third and Dalton Isley in ninth) to take the points lead going into the swimming portion of the competition.

By Ricky Dimon
Collins Hill wins in Gwinnett, Westminster, Marist vie to take back state crown


The Gwinnett County Swimming and Diving Championships held at the

Photo by Sonny Kennedy

West Gwinnett Aquatic Center last week may have offered a sneak preview of this weekend's Class AAAAAA boys' state meet at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. Collins Hill got the job done for its first county title since 2005 as it edged Parkview 1,018 points to 861 points. North Gwinnett finished a somewhat distant third, while Norcross and Brookwood rounded out the top five.


The Eagles of Collins Hill are led by Cody Bekemeyer, who set country records in both the 200 and 500 freestyle. They boasted another individual Gwinnett champion in Jon Atnip, who touched the wall first in the 50 freestyle. Parkview had won 19 of the last 22 county titles and every one of the last four before losing a whole host of seniors to graduation in 2013. Among the standouts on a reloaded Panthers squad is Bradley Downs, who was runner-up at the Gwinnett meet in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 butterfly.


On the girls' side, Gwinnett County standouts include Mill Creek, North Gwinnett, Brookwood and Peachtree Ridge. The Mill Creek girls, a squad heavy with senior leadership, recently captured their second straight county title. Peachtree Ridge finished runner-up to Lambert at last year's Class AAAAAA state meet. The Lions are led in part by Haley McInerny, who took home top individual honors from the Gwinnett County event in the 100 butterfly. Brookwood had won 11 of the previous 14 county meets and the Lady Broncos have captured five state titles in the past 12 years. Everyone is chasing Lambert, which won the 2013 state championship and recently looked dominant at the Forsyth County Championships.


In the combined smaller classes (previously A-AAAA and now A-AAAAA), five different schools have prevailed in the boys' competition in the past six years. Westminster, which won six straight titles from 2003 and 2008, looks poised to unseat 2013 champion Dalton and regain its throne. The Wildcats were joined by 2009 state champion Marist at last month's Metro Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Westminster. They should be serious state contenders after losing to only Alpharetta of Class AAAAAA by one-half of one point at the metro meet. 


The Westminster and Marist girls have shared a two-team party for more than a decade in the smaller classification, but Woodward Academy appears ready to crash it. Led by Caitlin Cooper and Kathleen Cook, the Lady War Eagles toppled both powerhouses at the metro event.

By Stephen Black
Cambridge upends Pope, Adairsville upsets Sonoraville in area tournaments


Class AAAAA No. 1 Pope was beaten No. 3 Cambridge at the Area 7 meet

Photo by Rob Saye

at Kell. The Bears ended Pope's six-year winning streak in area meets. Cambridge totaled 253 points to Pope's 249.5. Creekview came in third with 228.5. It is the Bears' first area championship in the program's two-year varsity history. 


Marietta upended Kennesaw Mountain in Area 4-AAAAAA 235-223 after five wrestlers won area titles for the Blue Devils. 


Etowah won the Area 5-AAAAAA championship with 179.5 points to Roswell's 160. Woodstock came in third and was followed by Walton and Lassiter


In Area 4-AAAAA, Ola beat Whitewater 232-194.5. Union Grove came in third with 190 points and Starr's Mill came in fourth with 145. 


At the Area 6-AA meet, Lovett outpointed Westminster 214 to 179.5. Wesleyan took third, Calhoun took fourth and Greater Atlanta Christian came in fifth. 


Southwest DeKalb took the Area 6-AAAAA crown by nipping Lakeside-DeKalb 162-159.5. Dunwoody took third, Arabia Mountain fourth and Stephenson fifth. 


At the Area 5-AAA meet, Adairsville upset Sonoraville, which was ranked No. 5 last week. The Tigers took 200.5 points to Sonoraville's 189.5. 

In Area 3-AAAA, Glenn Hills beat South Effingham 223.5 to 185. 


The sectionals will be held this weekend throughout the state to determine what wrestlers will qualify for the state meets, which take place Feb. 13-15 at the Arena at Gwinnett. 

Cambridge, Adairsville make big moves


Cambridge surprised the state last week by beating previously-top-ranked Pope at the area meet. The Bears moved to No. 1 in Class AAAAA as a result and for the first time in program history. 


Ola and Whitewater swapped spots in Class AAAAA after the Mustangs edged the Wildcats at the area meet. 


Adairsville climbed into the Class AAA rankings after upsetting Sonoraville, which was ranked fifth last week.







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