Muhammad, Witcher Lead Vikings to Third at Class 7A State Swim Meet

By Staff Reports

Solid performances by Kamal Muhammad and Sam Witcher at the Georgia Tech McCauley Aquatic Center pushed the Lakeside Vikings into a third-place finish with 255 points in the Class 7A boys’ state swimming and diving meet recently.

Muhammad swam to a pair of medals in the state finals taking silver in the 100 freestyle (45.01) and bronze in the 50 freestyle (21.12). He also teamed with Gavin Wheeler, Mark Rotolo, and Jack Hobbs to finish fourth in the 200 medley relay (1:34.74).

Witcher, the four-time and DeKalb County record-holding diver, broke the former pool record in the one-meter diving in taking the silver medal with 675.15 points in the event.

Muhammad, Wheeler, and Hobbs came back to team with Matthew Bigham to finish fifth in the 200 freestyle relay (1:34.74).

Zachary Zhao added a fourth-place finish in the 500 freestyle (4:38.54) to aid the fourth-place finish.

The third-place finish was the Vikings 25th Top 10 finish at state in school history.

The Lady Vikings had a pair of Top 10 finishes in events to finish with 54 points and 21st overall in the Class 7A team standings.

Carlyn Slappey was eighth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.25. The 200 freestyle relay team of Slappey, Phoebe Mansker, Isabelle Jones, and Paige Meisner took 10th with a time of 1:40.83.


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