Five new county swimming records were set at the Cherokee County Championships.

Sequoyah saw three of its swimmers set new marks. Senior Grant Davis broke his own school and county records in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:41.95. His previous time at this freestyle was 1:42.42, set in 2019. Davis, who is committed to swim for Auburn in the fall, also reclaimed the title of county champion in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:43.97.

Junior Delaney Harrison scored two new school and county records in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.64, and with a time of 50.97 in the 100-yard freestyle. Harrison held the previous 50-yard freestyle record with a time of 24 seconds, which she set last year. She also previously held the record in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.15, which she set last year. Harrison is committed to swim for Arkansas in fall 2022.

“The records broken by these students shows that they are driven and dedicated to bettering themselves in the sport of swimming,” Sequoyah coach Cora Hodgins said. “Grant and Delaney breaking their own records proves that they are willing to work as hard as they have to in order to accomplish that goal and to be the best. Watching them swim never gets old because just when you think they have astounded you, their incredible talent and athleticism does it again. I expect to see more from them in the next several years.”

Sophomore Laurel Blase achieved her first school and county record time, winning the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.79. The previous record holder was Creekview’s Michelle McCord with a time of 58.03 set in 2017. Blase also won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:52.17.

“I don’t normally swim backstroke, so I was extremely excited when I broke the records,” Blase said. “It feels great to leave a mark at my school and my county.”

River Ridge senior and future Queens University swimmer Sarah Brown, who is the current record holder of the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:04.70 set last year, won the event again with a time of 1:06.03. She also won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:08.95.

Other record breakers at the meet includes the Etowah girls team, which set a new county record for 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:38.84. The team consisting of Bianca Santiago, Astrid Medina, Ava Springer, and Payton Smith broke the previous record of 3:40.46 set by River Ridge last year. Smith, who is committed to swim for Missouri State University, also won the 100-yard butterfly. Etowah also took the boys 400 yard freestyle relay. The team consisting of Zack Zomarano, Cole Dallas, Ty Galloway, and Ry Ellingson finished with a time of 3:25.94.

Overall, the Etowah girls took first place in the girls team standings with 350.50 points. Creekview (269) and River Ridge (239) took second and third place while Sequoyah (194.50), Woodstock (144) and Cherokee (100) finished fourth through sixth in the team standings.

The River Ridge boys took first place in the team standings with 358 points. Etowah (293) and Creekview (209) took second and third place in the county while Cherokee (199), Sequoyah (196) and Woodstock (35) finished fourth through sixth, respectively.

For the fifth year in a row, Etowah took the combined team championship, finishing with a score of 643.5 combined team points, beating out River Ridge, who finished second with 597 combined team points. Creekview (478) finished in third, followed by Sequoyah (390.5), Cherokee (299) and Woodstock (179).

The GHSA Swimming and Diving Championships will take place at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta from Feb. 2 to Feb. 6. For more information on this event and changes made due to COVID-19, visit www.ghsa.net/important-2021-state-swim-meet-information.

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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