Aquatic center gets test with high-schoolers
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
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The swimming season is still young, but each of Cherokee County’s high school programs tested the water at the recently opened Cherokee County Aquatic Center over the weekend.

Friday, in the first high school meet held at the aquatic center, Etowah used the strength of its boys program to earn a victory. The Eagles scored 197 points to Sequoyah’s 165 and Creekview’s 109. Meanwhile, in the girls standings, it was Creekview with 190 points, Etowah with 163 and Sequoyah with 126.

Etowah used first-place finishes by Robert Zamorano in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles, as well as Cory Hire in the 500 free. Etowah also benefitted from first- and second-place finishes in the 200 freestyle relay.

Other winners in the boys meet included Sequoyah’s Nick Duclos (200 IM, 100 butterfly) and Jarrett Levandoski (100 free), Creekview’s Garrett Joseph (100 breast) and Etowah’s Tony Wineman (100 backstroke).

The Creekview girls performed well in relays. The team of Lauren Griffin, Dever Johnson, Anna Knowlton and Brittany Creasy won the 400 free, while Michelle McCord, Knowlton, Emily Snyder and Jordan Kendall teamed to win the 200 free.

The Lady Grizzlies also had Snyder and McCord take the top two spots in the 100 breaststroke, while Knowlton and Griffin finished first and second in the 100 backstroke.

Creasey won the 500 free with a state-qualifying time of 5 minutes, 15.27 seconds. She also won the 100 butterfly with another state-qualifying time (59.53)

Griffin, Johnson and Sasha Hodgson-Oettke swept the top three spots in the 100 free. Kendall won the 50 free, with Etowah’s Lauren Etzler second.

Other winners included Sequoyah’s Kamryn Cater (200 IM) and Etowah’s Katie Taylor (200 free).

On Saturday, the Woodstock girls and River Ridge boys dominated the meet, which also featured Cherokee.

Woodstock freshman Amber Miller won the 200 free and the 100 free, while senior captain Madison Tank won the 100 butterfly and 100 back. Tank also helped the Lady Wolverines win a pair of relays in the season-opening meet.

Cherokee’s Kayla Nash won the 200 individual medley and Woodstock’s Megan Omeara was the winner in the 50 free.

River Ridge’s Chantal LaFlamme won the 500 free with a time of 5:58.69. She was also a part of the Lady Knights’ 200 free relay team, which took first place and was the winner of the 100 breast.

The Lady Wolverines finished with 182 points, to River Ridge’s 155 and Cherokee’s 138.

The River Ridge boys finished with 236 points to Woodstock’s 155 and Cherokee’s 81.

River Ridge dominated the boys portion of the meet from the first lap when Josh Butler, Brad Burke, Ivan Stavrev and Brian Oktavec combined to win the 200 medley relay.

Stavrev went on to win the 200 free and the 100 breast.

River Ridge took the top three spots in the 50 free. Butler finished with a state-qualifying time of 23.44 seconds. He was followed by Keith Biddiscombe (25.58) and Jacob Hanks (25.89).

Oktavec won the 200 individual medley, while Burke won the 100 free.

Woodstock’s Giovanni Oliva won the 100 fly with a time of 57.72 seconds — nearly 6 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Oliva also on the 500 free. A.J. Cox, also of Woodstock, won the 100 back, with Butler taking second.

The aquatic center will host the second high school meet of its brief history for Saturday’s Cherokee County Duals.

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