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Grady Girls Swimming came out on top in the City Championship, extending their winning streak to six consecutive years.
A complete team effort, where nearly every swimmer on the team scored; Grady Girls Swimming continue their dominance. Led by Lindsay Schroeder, who won the 200 I.M. with a meet record 2:15.99 and the 100 Free with a meet record 55.53. She also anchored the winning, record setting, 200 Free Relay. Noa Deseda won the 100 Butterfly with a 1:08.58 and got 2nd in the 100 Back with a new Grady team record of 1:04.31. In the most exciting race of the evening, Maggie Watkins overtook her North Atlanta competitor in the final stretch to win the 500 Free with a meet record 5:22.13. Captain Morgan Watkins got two 2nd place finished, with state meet qualifying times, in the 50 Free and 100 Free and was part of the winning, meet record setting and Grady team record setting 400 Free Relay.
These standouts were accompanied by heroic swims throughout the lineup. Highlight events include the 200 I.M where Schroeder’s win was backed by 2nd, 3rd, 5th place finishes by Sophia Palomino, Nell Kropp and Emilia Gustafson and the 100 Fly where Deseda’s win was supported by 3rd, 6th, 8th place finishes by Ariana Ramsey, Storm Wright and Abby Peters.
Grady Girls will now ride this wave of victory into the State Championship on February 2nd at Georgia Tech.
New Kids On The Block
After years of near misses, Grady Boys topped rival North Atlanta to win their first City Championship. With both top teams stricken with flu, the boys dug deep and produced outstanding swims throughout the lineup. Andrew Beamon, Sebastian Gerz-Escandon, Max Nevins and Fredrick Allen Hamilton started the evening with a blazing 1:45.78, Grady team record setting, 200 Medley Relay. Karl Beck and Beamon went 1-2 in the 200 I.M. Beamon and Hamilton went 1-2 in the 100 Back. Gerz-Escandon crushed all competitors in the 100 Breast with a 1:09.33. In addition to his two relays victories, Nevins won the 100 Butterfly. With one more meet to go in his high school career, Nevins goes out as one of the very top swimmers in Grady Swimming history.
Emblematic of Grady’s work ethic and team ethos, Tyson Herndon, who started season with minimal swim experience but a boat-load of enthusiasm and outstanding practice habits, scored big points with a 3rd place in the 100 Breast. Similarly, senior Isaiha Davis, who came to swimming as a sophomore looking stay in shape in the off-season between Cross Country and Track, scored 36 points with 5th place finishes in the 100 Butterfly and 200 I.M.
Like the girls’ team, the boys will now look to make a splash at the State Championship on February 2nd at Georgia Tech.