For the sixth year in a row, Lambert swam away with the Forsyth County Championship Swim Meet on Saturday afternoon at the Cumming Aquatic Center.
Lambert’s girls finished with 788.5 points, far ahead of the second-place South girls (603 points). The Lady Longhorns won three relays: the 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free. Caroline Aikins won the 200 individual medley (IM) and the 100 back; Katherine Aikins won the 50 free and Nicole Raicik took the 100 fly title.
The Lambert boys won in similar fashion, tallying 702 points; West Forsyth was runner-up with 506.5. Jared Chulavatr dominated the 100 breast in a meet-record 58.53 seconds. Zac Elz set a meet record in the 50 free, and the Horns won the 200 free relay.
“Oh no, this never gets old,” Lambert coach Kerry Langley said. “You never really know what’s going to happen—somebody gets disqualified or something like that. The boys were down early and that wasn’t a sure thing.”
South Forsyth senior Blake Atmore set two meet records, one in the 100 fly (51.02 seconds) and another in the 100 back (52.20). Bayley Frierson swam well for the South girls; she outlasted the field in the 500 free.
Cameron Van De Velde won the 500 free for West’s boys, and Sheridan Schreiber set a meet record in the 100 breast (1:06.91) for the Lady Wolverines.
Forsyth Central’s Logan Belt set a meet record of his own in the 200 IM.
Micah Gilliam of Forsyth Central took the boys one-meter diving title early Saturday afternoon.
West Forsyth's Hanna King took first place in the girls' diving competition, ahead of Macie Winter of Central. Both King and Winter posted state-qualifying scores in the event.
And, perhaps most importantly for all teams involved, a large contingent of swimmers posted state-meet qualifying times on Saturday. For Langley, especially with her two-time defending state champion girls’ team, it’s a good problem to have: figuring out which four swimmers to use in each event at state.
This week, Lambert has ‘Water Polo Wednesday’—a serious game in the sense that a cannonball is a serious attempt at a dive.
“They drown each other, literally on purpose,” Langley said, laughing.
On Saturday, though, nobody had the firepower to match Lambert, and it seemed fitting for the girls’ 400 free relay team to set a meet record as darkness fell outside—goodnight, and goodbye.