The Raiders, who finished fifth in the AAAAAA boys’ team standings a year ago, are expected to contend for the state title again – along with north Fulton rival Chattahoochee, Brookwood, Collins Hill and Walton. “We should finish top five and we could challenge for the title, depending on how our relays will do,” Alpharetta coach Lisa Marshall said.
It has been a memorable season for the Alpharetta boys, who recently won the Metro Championships at Westminster Jan. 23 and 24 and the Madeline Brown Invitational at Emory University Dec. 14.
“We’ve had some really strong individual performances,” Marshall said.
“Our depth is what really carries us.”
The biggest highlight for the Raiders was the Fulton County Championships at Marist Jan. 11, where they won their seventh consecutive boys’ team title.
“It’s a big meet for us,” Marshall said. “It’s kind of a tradition that the boys want to continue on every year with that, so we spend a lot of time with that lineup to get it right.”
Alpharetta has a number of strong individual contenders, including junior Patrick Cusick in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke, senior Max Lee in the 100 freestyle, senior Ryan Loushin in the 500 freestyle and junior Jay Wellman in the 50 and 100 free.
The Alpharetta girls are also expected to be in the hunt for a strong showing in the AAAAAA girls’ competition.
The Lady Raiders also made a strong showing at the Fulton County meet, where they finished third in the girls’ team standings.
Senior Morgan Lyons and junior Danielle Bordes have qualified in a number of events and are Alpharetta’s best hopes for placing at the state meet.
Alpharetta finished 13th among the girls in AAAAAA at the state meet last year and Marshall is looking for an even better performance from her girls’ team.
“We have a good chance to finish in the top 10 this year,” Marshall said.