Lambert Longhorns swim to first

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Lambert High School won its fifth consecutive Forsyth County Swimming and Diving Championship at the Cumming Aquatic Center on Saturday, Jan. 25.

The Longhorn girls’ and boys’ swimmers combined for 1,484 points and a comfortable 461-point margin over second place South Forsyth High School.

West Forsyth, North Forsyth, Pinecrest Academy and Forsyth Central finished third through sixth, respectively.

In the girls’ competition, the defending Class AAAAAA state champion Lady Longhorns scored 764 points, 209 ahead of second place South Forsyth. The Lady Longhorns were led by Katherine Aikins, Megan Bestor and Aubrey Jones with 72 points and four gold medals each. Also winning individual gold for the Lady Longhorns were Ashley Mallon in the 200-yard IM and Joonyoung Lee in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The Lady Longhorns won all three relays with Bestor, Mallon, Nicole Raicik and Aikins taking the 200-yard medley relay; Bestor, Jones, Emma Fish and Aikins winning the 200-yard freestyle relay; and Gentry Anderson, Fish, Lee and Jones bringing home gold in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

The Longhorn boys scored 720 points, 252 better than second place South Forsyth. The Longhorns top scorers were Seth Beer (69 points), Jared Chulavaltr (69), Christian Michell (61.5), Chad Garrett (61) and Jackson Palmer (60). Beer won the 100-yard backstroke while Chulavatr won the 100-yard breaststroke.

In the relays, the Longhorn team of Beer, Chulavatr, Garrett and Palmer won the 200-yard medley relay in a new county record time of 1:40.74. Beer, Chulavatr and Garrett then teamed with Eric Devries to set another county record winning the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:32.94.

Blake Atmore of South Forsyth won gold in both the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle. Other competitors winning individual events were Logan Belt of Forsyth Central in the 200-yard IM, Zachary Stuermer of West Forsyth in the 50-yard freestyle, Cameron Van De Velde of West Forsyth in the 100-yard butterfly and Riley Geoghan of South Forsyth in the 500-yard freestyle.

Atmore teamed with Ross Rector, Bjorn Kammholz and Jack Landrum to lead the South Forsyth boys to victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay setting a new county record of 3:23.97.

Micah Gilliam of Forsyth Central won first place in the boys’ diving competition while Hanna King of West Forsyth won the girls’ competition.

Many of the competitors will meet again at the AAAAAA State Swimming and Diving Championships, which are being held Feb. 6 through Feb. 8 at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.