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Local swim teams secure top finishes at state meet
by Greg Oshust
February 18, 2014 01:10 PM | 1424 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo / The Alpharetta boys’ finished third in the Class AAAAAA team standings at the state swimming and diving championships at Georgia Tech Feb. 8.
Special Photo / The Alpharetta boys’ finished third in the Class AAAAAA team standings at the state swimming and diving championships at Georgia Tech Feb. 8.
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The Chattahoochee and Alpharetta boys’ teams and the Johns Creek girls’ squad were among the top finishers in Class AAAAAA at the state swimming and diving championships at Georgia Tech last Saturday.

Chattahoochee finished runner-up in the AAAAAA boys’ team standings, accumulating 218 points to finish behind champion Walton (224.5), with Alpharetta (205) finishing third.

Johns Creek was ninth in the AAAAA boys’ standings, followed by Roswell (14th), Centennial (19th) and Milton (22nd).

In the AAAAAA girls’ competition, Johns Creek amassed 246.5 points to place second behind champion Lambert (279).

Milton was ninth among the AAAAAA girls, while Alpharetta was 12th, Centennial 19th and Chattahoochee 23rd.

The Chattahoochee boys were led by the Litherland triplets Kevin, Jay and Mick – all three who have committed to Georgia.

The three Litherland brothers teamed up with Jacob Rubin to win the boys’ 200-yard medley relay with a state-record time of 1 minute, 32.78 seconds as well as the boys’ 400 freestyle relay with another state-record mark of 3:04.08.

Jay Litherland won the 100 backstroke with a time of 48.38 seconds, while Kevin Litherland won the 500 freestyle at 4:22.91 and Mick Litherland claimed the 100 butterfly at 49.40 seconds as well as finishing second in the 200 individual medley (1:48.79).

The Alpharetta boys were led by Patrick Cusick, who was second in the 100 backstroke (49.70 seconds) and fifth in the 200 IM (1:52.73).

Milton’s Katie Grover won the girls’ 100 butterfly (52.90 seconds), while Johns Creek’s Kaitlyn Kitchins clinched the girls’ 100 freestyle at 51.03 seconds.

Johns Creek finished runner-up in the girls’ 400 free relay, while the Gladiators were also led by a third-place finish from Evie Bragg in the girls’ 200 IM (2:04.97) as well as a third-place showing in the girls’ 200 medley relay (1:46.85).

Milton came away with a third-place finish in the girls’ 200 free relay.

Northview came away with top-10 finishes in both the Class A-AAAAA boys’ and girls’ team standings – placing sixth among the boys and seven in the girls’ competition.

Blessed Trinity placed 15th among the A-AAAAA boys.

Northview’s Knox Auerbach won the boys’ 200 freestyle with a time of 1:37.86 and the 500 free at 4:33.55.

The Northview boys also had a third-place finish in the 400 free relay.
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