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St. Pius, Woodward win state swimming crowns
by Greg Oshust
February 18, 2014 12:37 PM | 1302 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Westminster's Derek Cox swims in the Class A-AAAAA boys' 200-yard individual medley preliminaries at the state swimming and diving meet at Georgia Tech Feb. 7.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Westminster's Derek Cox swims in the Class A-AAAAA boys' 200-yard individual medley preliminaries at the state swimming and diving meet at Georgia Tech Feb. 7.
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The St. Pius X boys and Woodward girls won their first state swimming championships at the state meet at Georgia Tech Feb. 8.

St. Pius accumulated 199 points to win the Class A-AAAAA boys’ team championship – the first team swimming title, either boys or girls, in school history.

The Golden Lions finished ahead of runner-up Marist (191), with Westminster (190) placing third.

Woodward was 10th in the A-AAAAA boys’ team standings, while Holy Innocents’ was 13th, Pace 22nd, North Atlanta 26th, Riverwood 40th and Galloway 41st.

Woodward amassed 229 points to capture the A-AAAAA girls’ title.

The War Eagles beat out runner-up and defending champion Westminster (203), while Marist (190) was third and St. Pius (144.5) placed fourth.

Pace was sixth among the A-AAAAA girls, while Riverwood was 23rd, Holy Innocents’ and Lovett were tied for 29th, Whitefield was 38th and North Springs was 40th.

The St. Pius boys were led by Gunnar Bentz, who won both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 butterfly in state-record time.

Bentz won the 200 IM with a time of 1 minute, 45.55 seconds — beating the old state record of 1:47.86 set by Parkview’s Eric Shanteau — and the 100 fly at 47.26 seconds — surpassing the previous mark of 48.16 seconds accomplished by Lassiter’s Jimmy Yoder last year.

Pace’s Harrison Moncino repeated as A-AAAAA diving champion, scoring 573.65 points to win his second straight title.

Marist won the boys’ 200 medley relay with a time of 1:34.85, while St. Pius was the winner of the boys’ 400 freestyle relay at 3:09.23.

Woodward’s Caitlin Cooper led the War Eagles’ march to the A-AAAAA girls’ team championship with wins in the 50-and 100-freestyle events.

Cooper won the 50 free with a state-record time of 22.69 seconds – breaking the previous record mark she set (22.75) in the preliminaries Friday – and clinched the 100 free at 49.78 seconds.

Woodward also won two of the A-AAAAA girls’ relays. The War Eagles won the 200 free relay with a state-record time of 1:34.87 – breaking the old mark of 1:35.59 set by Walton in 2009 – and the 400 free relay at 3:29.33.

Westminster’s Katie Christy won the girls’ 200 IM with a time of 2:03.31, while Marist clinched the girls’ 200 medley relay at 1:47.13.

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