Swimming & Diving: Taking It All the Way to State

Jan 28, 2015 | Uncategorized, US Athletics

B7BmjJ1CYAAWY2QVarsity Swimming and Diving, with Team Captains: Hunter Whitney, Charlie Goldman, and AG Partlowe, has enjoyed their most successful season ever in GHSA! The team has scored some impressive wins over Lovett, Atlanta International School, North Atlanta High School, and St. Francis.

  • The boys qualified two relay teams for the State Championships, with seniors Hunter Whitney and Ian Hughes, juniors Charlie Goldman and Ben Martin, sophomore James McGuire, and freshman Nic Lew.
  • Boys 200 Medley Relay team of Charlie Goldman (Back), James McGuire (Breast), Hunter Whitney (Fly), and Ben Martin (Free) qualified for State for the first time ever.
  • Charlie Goldman swam his first individual state qualifying time in the 50 Free (:23.44)
  • James McGuire qualified for State in 5 different individual events: (200 Free, 200 IM, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 500 Free). He swam a lifetime best in the 500 Free of 4:53.60 to lower his State Qualifying time in that event.
  • Girls have been led by seniors AG Partlowe and Mackenzie Gaines, sophomores Grace Colley, Gabriela Gonzalez, Olivia Vaughn, and Ashley Springer, as well as lots of fast freshmen girls (Anna Jarrell, Maxine Monroe, Madeline Rapaport).
  • Senior Dillon Briggs qualified for State for the second year in a row with a 293 (270 needed).  He plans to attend the University of Tennessee, where he has been invited to walk on to the Diving team.

Final GHSA State Swimming and Diving Team:  Dillon Briggs, Charlie Goldman, Ian Hughes, Nic Lew, Ben Martin, James McGuire, and Hunter Whitney. The Diving Championship is Thursday, February 5 and the Swimming Championships are Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7.
For the first time in Mount Vernon history, we have qualified all 3 boys relays (200 Medley Relay, 200 Free, 400 Free).
Coach Colley says, “These numbers are really exciting for the team because three years ago when I started here, our State team consisted of me and Sean King driving down to Tech in my car!”
To demonstrate how close-knit the team is, many members showed up to support fellow teammates Hunter Whitney and Ian Hughes as they received their Eagle Scout honor.
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