A sweep of the 2021 DCSD Swim and Dive Championships boys’ and girls’ titles by Lakeside at Chamblee on Saturday was keyed by five new records by Viking competitors.
Zachary Zhao was part of three of the new DeKalb County records in leading the Vikings to a 279-200 win over Dunwoody in the boys’ championship winning 10 of the 12 events. It is the third consecutive title by the Vikings and 22nd overall in the 51-year history of the competition.
Zhao teamed with Chris Decker, Jack Van Valkenburg and Craig Steinhauer in the 200-yard medley relay to set a new record of 1:37.65 to kick off the swim events. It broke the old mark of 1:37.89 set by Chamblee in 2015.
Matthew Karpen gave the Vikings their third consecutive event gold by taking the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:45.51 to send the boys to Zhao’s next event.
Zhao swam to a time of 1:53.64 in the 200-yard individual medley to break the mark of 1:53.69 set by Liam Bell of Druid Hills in 2019. Craig Steinhauer followed up with a win in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.15 to give the Vikings gold medals in the first five events of the meet.
Nicholas Bragg of Dunwoody broke the consecutive gold string by Lakeside with a victory in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 52.39.
Steinhauer got the Vikings back in the gold column with his second victory of the day by taking the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 48.70. Jack Van Valkenburg came right behind Steinhauer to win the 500-yard freestyle (4:50.26) and the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Chris Decker, Lucas Witcher, Sam Hobbs and Matthew Karpen captured the gold with a time of 1:31.35.
Tucker’s Jared Bruce stopped the second Viking run on gold medals as he won the 100-yard backstroke by almost five seconds with his time of 52.05.
Zhao picked up his second individual gold medal of the day with win in the 100-yard breaststroke clocking a 57.91.
The Vikings ended the meet with a convincing win in the 400-yard freestyle relay running away to a new record time of 3:13.75 as Van Valkenburg, Karpen, Steinhauer and Zhao teamed up to close out the day. Chamblee had set the previous record of 3:14.06 in 2015.
Lakeside had 15 individual state qualifying times and three relays to lead a total of 42 boys’ individual state qualifying times and 11 relays.
Lakeside won six events and set two new records on the way to a 270-213.5 win over two-time defending champion Chamblee to capture the Lady Vikings first title since 2014.
A sweep of the medals in the diving competition got Lakeside out to a quick start led by Olivia Lanford’s gold medal and state qualifying score of 333.80.
Isabelle Jones was part of two new records set by Lakeside in the girls’ competition and won two individual golds to lead Lakeside to its 23rd title overall.
Jones joined teammates Sophia Hook, Phoebe Mansker and Katelyn McClintock to open the swim events with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay swimming to a time of 1:52.29. She would go on to win the 50-yard freestyle with a new meet record of 24.01 breaking the old mark of 24.43 set by Natanya Harper of Dunwoody in 2018.
After taking the gold in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.65 Jones teamed up with Hook, Mansker and McClintock again to set a new record time of 1:41.16 in the 200-yard freestyle relay. It broke the previous best of 1:43.80 set by Dunwoody in 2014.
McClintock finished out the gold medal run for the Vikings with a win in the 100-yard backstroke (1:02.25) after finishing as runner-up in the 100-yard butterfly.
Chamblee was led by Evelyn Entrekin who captured two golds on the day. Entrekin tied Decatur’s Hally Laney as both touched with a time of 2:10.99 in the 200-yard individual medley. She came back later to take the gold in the 100-yard butterfly (1:00.85).
Mary Adam chipped in on the runner-up Chamblee cause with a gold medal win in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.61). Entrekin closed out the meet teaming with Annie Wahlen, Anna Blankenship and Catherine Smart to win the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:49.04).
Hally Laney picked up a second gold for Decatur with her victory in the 500-yard freestyle (5:25.75) and teammate Annie Pfeufer captured the gold in the 200-yard freestyle (1:59.13).
Lakeside hit on 13 individual state qualifying times and three relays to lead the girls’ state qualifying that included a total of 31 individual and 10 relays.
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Source: DCSD Athletics