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Greenbrier depth too much to overcome at Swimming and Diving Championships

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Bragging rights were on the line Tuesday night at the Columbia County Swimming and Diving Championships.

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Lakeside's Erin Hodell (front) and Evans' Riki Conti compete in the Girls 200 yard IM during the Columbia County Swimming and Diving Championship. Greenbrier's Rebecca Troutman won the event Tuesday night.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Lakeside's Erin Hodell (front) and Evans' Riki Conti compete in the Girls 200 yard IM during the Columbia County Swimming and Diving Championship. Greenbrier's Rebecca Troutman won the event Tuesday night.

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With the dual season over, teams took to the water at the Augusta Aquatic Center to claim the overall team titles and to give individuals a chance to qualify for the GHSA State Swimming and Diving Championships on Feb. 8.

Greenbrier entered the meet 5-0 in dual meets and earned the top spot in the county as both teams came away with first-place finishes.

The Wolfpack won with 583 points followed by Evans (482), Lakeside (379) and Grovetown (130). The Lady Wolfpack dominated with 586 points with Lakeside (436) Evans (362) and Grovetown (229) coming up short.

“I’m proud of our swimnmers, they’ve worked exceptionally hard this year and I can’t ask any more of them,” Greenbrier coach Kristen Schlegel said. “All 18-to-20 of our swimmers contributed to this victory and that was the most impressive thing about this win.”

Helping lead the way for the Lady Wolfpack was Rebecca Troutman, who was first in the 200 yard individual medley (2:22.11) and the 100 breast, qualifying for state in the process

The Evans boys had eight first-place finishes, including two each from Joey Thornton (200 IM, 100 fly) and Luca Castresana (50 free, 100 free).

Evans coach Tiffanie Douglas knew coming in it would be hard to beat Greenbrier with its depth.

“I feel like with the number of swimmers we have, we did the best we could,” she said. “I’m excited about the CSRA Championships next week. A couple of more teams will help us push for that first place, especially for the boys.”

Grovetown didn’t win any swimming events, but it controlled the girls 1 meter diving competition as senior Meghan Zets (420.65 points) became a three-time Columbia County champ in the event while teammate Shantel Rausch (292.85) took third.


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