Led by Lindsay Schroeder and Maggie Watkins, Grady’s girls cracked the top-10 for the first time, placing 10th, just ahead of intown neighbors Decatur (11th) and Woodward Academy (12th) in the 2018 Georgia High School 4a-5a Championship.
Schroeder placed 4th in the 500 Free and 9th in the 200 IM, breaking her own Grady team records in the process. Watkins placed 7th in the 200 Free and 9th in the 500 Free. Schroeder and Watkins were joined by Storm Wright and Morgan Watkins for 9th place in the 200 Free Relay and by Noa Deseda and Ariana Ramsey for 8th in the 400 Free Relay. Deseda also placed 15th, and broke her own Grady team record, in the 100 Back. Deseda, Wright and Ramsey joined with Nell Kropp for 15th in the 200 Medley Relay.
The boys also swam to their best finish ever, placing 17th. The 200 Free Relay of Fredrick Allen Hamilton, Max Nevins, Sebastian Gerz-Escandon and Jabbaari Rhoden crushed the Grady team record and placed 6th. Nevins, Hamilton and Rhoden were joined by Andrew Beamon to place 10th, with a new Grady team record, in the 400 Free Relay.
Georgia is one of the top swimming states in the country. To qualify for the meet is an accomplishment. To score at the meet requires an incredible amount of talent, diligence and sacrifice. Most teams at the meet do not score. For Grady to have both teams finish in the top 20 is an inspired achievement.
Though the Knights now say goodbye to senior captains Max Nevins and Morgan Watkins, who go out as City Champs and among the most accomplished Grady swimmers ever, everybody else on Grady’s State Team is an underclassmen.