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11 Forsyth County high school swimmers to know this season
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North Forsyth senior Jack DalMolin is verbally committed to swim for Arizona State and leads a deep list of talent in Forsyth County this season. - photo by File photo

The Lambert girls swim team has stolen the spotlight in Forsyth County the past four seasons.

The Lady Longhorns’ run of four state championships in the Georgia High School Association’s highest classification has been remarkable (and it might not be over), but it can sometimes overshadow the accomplishments of others in the county.

So with the 2016-17 high school swimming and diving season set to begin tomorrow, here are 11 swimmers and divers from Forsyth County to know:

Gigi Bario

School: South Forsyth

Year: Senior

Specialties: Backstroke, Freestyle

What to know: The senior is verbally committed to swim for the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota (where she plans to study pre-med and specialize in cancer research). Bario reached the finals at the state meet last season in the 100 backstroke, placing 15th in Class 6A.

Ashley Cesario

School: Forsyth Central

Year: Junior

Specialties: Freestyle

What to know: Few newcomers made a bigger impact last season. Cesario transferred from North Gwinnett to Central and instantly became the Lady Bulldogs top swimmer. As a sophomore, she placed third in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle in Class 1-5A at the state meet. Expect more of the same this season, even in Class 7A.

Jack DalMolin

School: North Forsyth

Year: Senior

Specialties: Breaststroke, Freestyle

What to know: DalMolin is in the category of Georgia’s best swimmers. He placed second in the 200 freestyle and fourth in the 100 breaststroke in Class 6A at the state meet last season. The senior, is verbally committed to swim for Arizona State, has had a strong summer and seems poised to make more noise on the podium.

Kelsey Dekshenieks

School: Lambert

Year: Junior

Specialties: Diving

What to know: The dedicate diver puts in the extra work mandatory for high school divers aspiring to compete in college: she gets specialized instruction three times a week at Georgia Tech in addition to Lambert practices. After Dekshenieks placed 14th in the 1-meter dive in Class 6A at last season’s state meet, she’s hoping to break in to the top 5 this season.

Kate del Balzo

School: Pinecrest Academy

Year: Senior

Specialties: Butterfly, Freestyle

What to know: The Paladins’ swimming school records are posted on a sign in the school’s high school gymnasium – del Balzo owns almost all of them. And she’s a versatile swimmer, too: Del Balzo reached the finals in both the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle in Class 1-5A at last season’s state meet.

Bayley Frierson

School: South Forsyth

Year: Senior

Specialties: Freestyle, Butterfly, Individual medley

What to know: The longer the swimmer, the better for Frierson. She’s certainly among the best all-around swimmers in the county and state, but she’s particularly strong in the freestyle: she placed third in Class 6A in the 500 freestyle at last season’s state meet and seventh in the 200 backstroke. Frierson is verbally committed to Fordham University.

Cooper Gilson

School: South Forsyth

Year: Junior

Specialties: Breakstroke, Individual medley

What to know: County Gilson among the up-and-comers in the county. He placed ninth in Class 6A at last season’s state meet in the 100 breaststroke, and he owns two school records and one county record.

Daniel Jenkins

School: West Forsyth

Year: Senior

Specialties: Backstroke, Sprint freestyles

What to know: Jenkins was one of the few swimmers to qualify for the state meet last season in all eight individual events, where he placed 14th in the 100 freestyle.  

Jane Johnson

School: Lambert

Year: Senior

Specialties: Breaststroke, Butterfly

What to know: The senior has been an integral piece of the Lady Longhorns’ run of dominance in the state’s highest classification. Johnson, who is verbally committed to swim for Auburn, has a chance to win her fourth state championship. She placed fourth in the 100 freestyle and sixth in the 100 breaststroke at last season’s state meet.

Caroline Perry

School: South Forsyth

Year: Sophomore

Specialties: Backstroke, Individual medley

What to know: The underclassman could be poised for a breakout season after making the finals as a freshman in the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley in Class 6A at last season’s state meet. She was the state champion in the 200 backstroke as a 13- and 14-year-old.

Alex Ray

School: Lambert

Year: Senior

Specialties: Freestyle

What to know: Ray reached the finals of the 100 freestyle in Class 7A at last season’s state meet, and he’s hoping for even more this season and lock down his college swimming future.

Sheridan Schreiber

School: West Forsyth

Year: Junior

Specialties: Breaststroke, Individual medley

What to know: Schreiber was one of the few swimmers to qualify for the state meet last season in all eight individual events, where she placed second in Class 6A in the 100 breast. She holds five school records, one county record and was a high school all-American last season.

Alyssa Wall

School: North Forsyth

Year: Junior

Specialty: Diving

What to know: Among the growing number of diving participants in the county, Wall got a taste of the big stage last season, placing 18th in the 1-meter dive in Class 6A at the state meet.