GHSA Swim and Dive State Championship

Editor: Madison Block

On February 5, 2016 the Woodstock Wolverines swim team competed at the 2015-16 GHSA State championship for swimming and diving. The state championship was hoisted at the Georgia Tech aquatic center in downtown Atlanta. The team placed 10th in the state overall.

Highlights:

To start the meet off, the medley relays were swam. Unfortunately, the girls relay was disqualified due to a false start, but quickly after that, the meet was turned back into the wolverines favor. Lauren Case, senior, defended her state championship in the 200-yard freestyle for her third year in a row, followed closely by freshman, Lily Byrne. Case missed the state record by a shy .56 seconds. Following Case’s race, junior Chase Moore became the first male to ever qualify and compete in the 200-yard freestyle for the Woodstock boys. Moore swam a great race, and qualified to come back for finals.

Kailey Austin, senior, raced the 200-yeard I.M. and placed 12th, qualifying her for the state finals. A few events later, Jaci Csubak, junior, and Austin raced again in the top 2 heats of the 100-yard breaststroke. Csubak placed 13th overall, and Austin came in at 7th place.

Yet again, and not to our surprise, Case also defended her 100-yard butterfly state title. She came in with a personal record of 52.78, barely missing the state record by .34. This was Case’s last high school meet, and she leaves doubling as a state champion.

The boys competed in the 200-yard freestyle relay, and placed 21st, making them the first alternate for the state finals. The boys’ team consisted of Matt Weissel, Josh Thrift, Michael McDowell, and Chase Moore.

Lily Byrne competed in the 500-yard freestyle, and contributed points with her 18th place finish.

Finally the last relay of the meet, the girls’ 400-yard freestyle, was a success and great finish for the Wolverines. The girls qualified to come back for the state finals on Saturday, in the top heat, sitting in 10th place. This relay was made up with Kailey Austin, Lily Byrne, Katie Thrift, and Lauren Case.

After a long season, with many memories made, the Woodstock swim team couldn’t be more proud of their performances. It was definitely a year to remember for the splashin’ Wolverines.

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Lauren Case standing on the podium after defending her state title

 

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