Grady competed in the GHSA Swimming & Diving State Championship February 2-3 and came away with an 8th-place finish by the Boys and 9th-place finish by the Girls in Class 4A – 5A. Freshman diver McCoy Lyman led the way for the Knights on the Boys side with a State Championship performance in the 1-meter Dive, and sophomore Jory Richardson set the pace for the Girls with a third-place finish in the 100 Free.
The Knights also delivered strong performances in the relay events, led by the Boys 200 Free Relay (Keaton Tsepas-Bucciero, Jabbaari Rhoden, Fred Hamilton, Kai McHale). Their 2nd-place finish was the highest finish for a Grady Boys relay team and the first podium finish. The Girls 200 Free Relay (Jory Richardson, Ariana Ramsey, Maggie Watkins, Sarah Prevost) was also impressive, just missing the podium with a 4th-place finish. Richardson, Ramsey, Watkins, and Prevost also combined for a 5th-place finish in the 400 Free Relay.
In other highlights, Ariana Ramsey finished 7th in the 200 Free and 9th in the 500 Free, Jory Richardson finished 6th in the 100 Back, and Sarah Prevost placed 18th in the 100 Butterfly. Keaton Tsepas-Bucciero took 8th in the 500 Free, and Liam Bray finished just behind in 9th. Finally, the Girls 200 Medley Relay team of Noa Deseda, Maggie Watkins, Sarah Prevost, and Cary Schroeder delivered a 17th-place performance.
Grady will lose some important senior contributors from this year’s squad but returns a strong-group of underclassmen ready to continue the program’s tradition of success in its first year as Midtown High School. For more information and updates on Swim & Dive and all other programs, follow @GradyAthletics on Twitter.