The Lady Eagles produced two state champions, helping them finish seventh in the Class AAAAAA state meet Saturday at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.
Lambert won the title with 279 points, with Johns Creek second at 246.5.
After Madison DuVall won the diving competition Thursday with 504.40 points — nearly 100 points ahead of the runner-up — Megan Young grabbed a state title Saturday in the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall in 55.21 seconds.
Young was second after the 50-yard turn and came back to beat Lambert’s Megan Bestor by .01 seconds.
“Lots of hard training, waking up early in the morning when you really don’t want to, has really paid off,” said Young, who will be swimming at Georgia Tech next year. “Coach (Virginia Richards) told me I was faster in the second 50 (yards), so I must have come from behind.”
Young also helped the 200 medley relay take fourth behind Lambert, Brookwood and Johns Creek with a time of 1:47.55.
Etowah scored the bulk of its points in the 100 butterfly, with Taylor Weiss fifth (55.77) and Young sixth (56.63), moving the Lady Eagles into fourth place ahead of Walton with six events to go. Weiss also finished seventh in the 200 IM (2:07.70), while Lauren Oglesby was seventh in the 500 freestyle (5:00.19).
What hurt Etowah was not having a swimmer in the finals of the 100 breaststroke and being the “B” heat of the 400 freestyle relay, where the Lady Eagles were 10th in 3:37.43.
“It’s been a great time,” Richards said. “We had two state champions, and we had kids who have never been to state before place in the top eight. It was a great experience, and we were all excited to be here.”
Woodstock’s Lauren Case won the 200 freestyle in 1:48.81 seconds, jumping out in front early and maintaining the lead.
She was a body length’s lead over her suitors for the first half of the race, but once the other swimmers began closing in, she had just enough in the tank to stay in front.
“I wanted to get out first and get the lead so I wouldn’t have to chase anybody,” Case said. “It hurt the last 100 yards, but I’m happy.”
Case went on to take third in the 100 butterfly in 54.56, helping the Lady Wolverines finish 16th overall.
Woodstock also finished 13th in the 200 freestyle relay (1:41.89).
The Woodstock boys were 28th overall, highlighted by Alarri Levrault-Lopez’s fifth-place time in the 100 butterfly (50.44).
* In the Class A-AAAAA meet earlier Saturday, Creekview’s Brittany Creasy took second in the 200 freestyle (1:50.52), only 1 second behind the champion, North Paulding’s Stephanie Peters.
She followed up by placing fourth in the 100 butterfly (55.73), and her efforts helped Creekview finish 14th overall.
The Lady Grizzlies also took 10th in the 200 medley relay (1:53.24), while Emily Snyder was 12th in the 200 IM (2:10.48) and 10th in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.24).
The Sequoyah girls weren’t far behind their neighboring rival, taking 17th overall.
The Lady Chiefs were 14th in the 200 medley relay (1:55.31) and Rachel Pelzek was 12th in the 200 freestyle in (1:55.38). They also won the consolation heat of the 200 freestyle relay — ninth overall — clocking in at 1:43.41 with Pelzek as the anchor.
Sprinter Ben Syers highlighted the Sequoyah boys, which finished 34th overall, by winning the “B” heat of the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.17, good enough for ninth. He also took 12th in the 50 freestyle (21.85).