Swimmers take step in bid for state titles
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
February 08, 2014 04:08 AM | 1014 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Etowah, Woodstock, Sequoyah and Creekview will each have swimmers competing for state titles today as the championships conclude at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.

Leading the way for Etowah will be senior Taylor Weiss, who qualified for the finals in two individual events, as well as a relay, in the Class AAAAAA meet.

Among those qualifying for the finals was Etowah’s girls 200-yard medley relay team of Megan Young, Weiss, Delana Crook and Lauren Oglesby.

Weiss also qualified as an individual in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly.

Woodstock’s Lauren Case also qualified in the 200 freestyle. The junior finished with the top qualifying time of 1 minute, 51.22 seconds.

Like Weiss, Case and Young will compete in the 100 butterfly finals. The three should compete in the same finals heat, as their qualifying times were all in the top eight and separated by less than 2 seconds.

In the boys competition, Woodstock’s Alarii Levrault-Lopez qualified in the 100 butterfly with a time of 51.47 seconds.

Qualifying races were still taking place at press time.

Creekview and Sequoyah, competing in the Class A-AAAAA meet, saw their girls 200 medley relay teams advance to the finals. Swimming for Creekview were Anna Knowlton, Brittany Creasy, Emily Snyder and Michelle McCord. The Sequoyah team featured Rachel Pelzek, Kristina Kosloski, Sophie Roy and Madeline Janflone.

Creasy also qualified in the 100 butterfly and the 200 freestyle, where she was the top swimmer in the preliminaries with a time of 1:51.27. Pelzer also qualified in the 100 and 200 freestyles.

Snyder, a freshman, qualified for the finals in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke.

Sequoyah will also be represented in the girls 200 freestyle relay by Kosloski, Roy, Pelzek and Janflone.

Ben Syers will represent the Sequoyah boys in the finals after he qualified in the 50 freestyle. His twin brother, Jack Syers, will compete in the 100 backstroke.

The Class A-AAAAA finals are scheduled to begin today at 1 p.m, with the finals for Class AAAAAA events beginning at 6 p.m.
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