JCHS swim and dive team takes Fulton championship

Girls, boys combine for 2nd overall

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – For the fourth consecutive year, the Johns Creek High School girls’ swim and dive team won the Fulton County championship meet at Marist Jan. 11.

They finished with an impressive 499 points – 199 points ahead of their nearest competitor, Northview.

The JCHS boys’ team finished in fourth place. The combined total for both teams was enough to put JCHS in second place overall, just 18 points behind Alpharetta High School’s combined score.

Senior diver Caroline Price finished in first place. Price was 41 points ahead of her nearest competitor. She shattered the Fulton County championship record (her own) by 60 points, and she also broke the JCHS record (her own).

Fellow divers Caitlin Casto, Emma Brown and Allison Lopez all finished in the top eight, earning themselves a spot on the state team.

Seniors Kaitlin Kitchens and Emily Ranzau finished in first place in each of their individual events, and freshman Evie Bragg finished in first place in her two individual events.

The JCHS relay teams were in some exciting races.

The girls’ 200 medley relay team of Ranzau, Abby Harty, Kitchens and Bragg finished in first place by more than four seconds.

The team of Emma Hollowell, Hannah Damon, Lindsey Bender and Olivia Durrence finished in fourth place. The girls’ 200 free relay team of Kaitlyn Kennedy, Durrence, Mackenzie Wallace and Sydney ElGomayel finished third, and the team of Julia Stiles, Allie ElGomayel, Annie Leach and Corinne Paczewitz finished sixth.

The girls’ 400 free relay team of Ranzau, Bragg, Sydney ElGomayel and Kitchens finished in first place by more than five seconds and broke the Fulton County championship record.

The team of Hollowell, Harty, Paczewitz and Bender finished in fourth place.

The boys’ 200 medley relay team of Danny Cooney, Kevin Cooney, Michael Taylor and Colt Williamson finished fourth, but the same team nabbed a second place finish in the 200 free relay.

The team of Jourdain Hooks, Garrett Smith, Kevin Webb and Ben Radak finished sixth.

The 400 free relay team of Hooks, Matthew Gang, Christian Thompson and Radak finished in seventh place, while the team of Alejandro Patino, Trey Swanson, Jordan Klustner and Smith finished ninth.

Several swimmers had top 10 individual finishes:

Girls: Ranzau, Sydney ElGomayel, Bragg, Harty, Kitchens, Hollowell, Bender, Kennedy, Katie Anderson, Damon and Grace Stigers.

Boys: Williamson, Kevin Cooney, Danny Cooney, Radak and Taylor.