Chamblee’s Lady Bulldogs score their first County title in 34 years
By Staff Reports
The Chamblee Lady Bulldogs won their first DCSD County Swimming and Diving Championship in 34 years with a 249-210.5 win over the four-time defending champions Dunwoody Lady Wildcats last Saturday at the Chamblee High Aquatic Center.
Chamblee set three girls’ records, won six events and had 12 Top 3 finishes on the day that included 82 individuals and 25 relay teams hitting the state qualifying marks.
Chamblee’s Jade’ Foelske became a six-time county champion by winning the 200-individual medley with a new record of 2:07.08 breaking the record of 2:09.57 set by Lakeside’s Katie Suhr set in 2006 and then going on to win the 100 butterfly (57:11) for the third time clocking a 57.11.
Kyla Maloney added to the Chamblee collection with a win in the 100 backstroke with a time of 57:05 to break the record of 58.47 set by Druid Hills Lainie Bell just one year ago. Maloney also grabbed gold in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:17.61.
Foelske and Maloney teamed up with Teresa Maloney and Sophia Bell to win gold in the 200-medley relay and setting a new record of 1:50.77 to break the 2015 record of 1:52.15 set by Dunwoody.
Foelske and the two Maloneys joined Anna Blankenship to win the 400-freestyle relay with a time of 3:46.14.
Runner-up Dunwoody won two gold medals in the meet while claiming 12 Top 3 finishes along the way. Lauren Davis won her third consecutive county diving championship with an impressive 462.55 total in the event. Ainsley Jones picked up the other gold for Dunwoody by taking the 100 breaststroke with a time 1:07.59.
Carlyn Slappey led third-place Lakeside with a pair of gold medal performances. Slappey won the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.50 and the 100 freestyle in 55.58. The Lady Vikings also captured the gold in the 200-freestyle relay in 1:44.76.
Fourth place Decatur’s finish was fueled by Halley Laney’s gold in the 200 freestyle (2:00.82).
Coming up third overall was Lakeside who finished third with 185.5 points followed by Decatur with 169 with Druid Hills in fifth with 74 out of 10 teams scoring points.
Lakeside Ends Chamblee’s Six-Year Streak as DCSD Boys’ Swim Champs
Chamblee’s six-year reign (2013-2018) as the DCSD Boys’ Swimming and Diving champions came to an end as the Lakeside Vikings captured the 2019 title at Chamblee last Saturday.
Lakeside won its 20th title overall and first since the 2012 season 226-215 over Dunwoody followed in order by Chamblee (160), Decatur (146) and Druid Hills (116). The Vikings had 14 Top 3 finishes and five gold medals in the meet.
Senior Sam Witcher got the Vikings off and running in the meet as he won the one-meter diving event for the fourth consecutive year and set the point total record for the third consecutive season with 591.90 break his mark of 545.65 set a year ago.
Other individual winners included Kamal Muhammad in the 100 backstroke (53.99) and Zachary Zhao in the 500 freestyle (4:55.08).
Lakeside captured the 200-medley relay (1:39.48) which Chamblee had won six consecutive seasons and the 200-freestyle relay (1:29.75), both state qualifying times won the past five years by Chamblee.
The Wildcats also picked up five gold medals and collected nine Top 3 finishes to collect the runner-up slot ahead of Chamblee.
Parker Bragg swam a time of 1:49.13 to nip Lakeside’s Zachary Zhao (1:49.33) at the finish to take the gold in the 200 freestyle to get the Wildcats first gold of the meet. Grant Allison won this third consecutive 50 freestyle gold at county with a time of 21.75 and became a six-time county champ with a win in the 100 freestyle (47.37).
Nicholas Bragg followed with the gold in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.19. The Dunwoody 400 freestyle relay team swam to a time of 3:19.06 to break Chamblee’s five-year hold on the relay title.
Druid Hills Liam Bell became a six-time county champion with a pair of wins and set three meet records. Bell set a new record in the 200-individual medley with a time of 1:53.69 to break the record of 1:55.26 set by Tucker’s Cash DeLoache in 2015. He also won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.16 for his sixth gold. He won both events in 2016 and 2017.
On top of that, he picked up records in the 50 freestyle (20.97) and the 100 freestyle (45.58). His leadoff leg in the 200-freestyle relay to broke Southwest DeKalb’s Jarrett Tate’s 2006 mark of 21.03. He then set the 100 mark with his leadoff leg in the 400 freestyle relay breaking the mark of 46.62 set by Chamblee’s John Mitchell in 2015.