Sequoyah again led the way for Cherokee County at this month’s GHSA swimming and diving championships.
Three of the four swimmers who finished on the podium at the meet, which took place Feb. 2-6, were from Sequoyah, with River Ridge claiming the other podium finish.
Chiefs Junior Delaney Harrison won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.54, beating her first place time of 52.00 from last year. Harrison also took second place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23:25, beating her second place time of 23.80 in this same event last year.
“I was really excited to win the 100 free again,” Harrison said. “Even though I won that event in 2020, I wasn’t happy with my performance in the race and I thought I could have done better. This year I genuinely surprised myself with how much time I dropped off, and I felt like I had actually earned first place. I was also really excited about dropping half a second in the 50-yard freestyle. Even though I didn’t win that event, I was still really happy with my performance.”
Chiefs sophomore Laurel Blase won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:54.00, demolishing her third place time of 5:00.90 set at this event last year. Blase also finished third in the 200-yard freestyle, the same position she placed in this event last year, with a time of 1:50.85, besting her time of 1:52.37.
“I honestly wasn’t expecting the outcome that resulted from the 500-yard freestyle,” Blase said. “I’m so glad that I was able to drop so much time and win a state title.”
Senior Grant Davis was the third Chief to claim a podium spot, finishing in second in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:30.92. Davis won this event last year with a time of 4:30.6. He also finished 5th in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:40.52, improving on his time of 1:41.36 in this event last year, which was also good enough for fifth.
River Ridge’s podium spot went to senior Sarah Brown, who placed second in the 100-yard breast with a time of 1:06:20, as well as fourth in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:08.66. Brown took fourth place in the 200-yard individual medley last year with a time of 2:04.76, and fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:04.08.
The Sequoyah boys finished 18th in AAAAAA with 64 points, the best finish for a boys team from Cherokee County, with Creekview finishing one spot behind in 19th with 63 points. River Ridge finished 26th with 23 points.
The River Ridge girls finished 9th in AAAAAA with 182 points. Sequoyah came in 11th with 158 points, and Creekview came in 16th with 112 points.
The Cherokee boys finished 27th in AAAAAAA with eight points, while Etowah finished a spot behind in 28th with two points.
The Etowah girls finished 14th in AAAAAAA with 108 points. Woodstock finished 28th with 25 points.
Other top 10 finishes for Cherokee County swimmers and divers
8th in 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:59.29
7th in 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:19.04
10th in 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:11.26
10th in 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:45.50
4th in 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:37.73
5th in 200-yard free relay with a time of 1:41.86 (Laurel Blase, Kelsey Jackson, MacKenzie Beaver, Delaney Harrison)
7th in 400-yard relay with a time of 3:44.33 (Laurel Blase, Kelsey Jackson, MacKenzie Beaver, Delaney Harrison)
7th in 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:54.54
5th in 100-yard butterfly with a time of 56.62
3rd place in Girls 1 meter diving — 537.30
8th in 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:06.90
6th in 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:54.20
10th in 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:14.89
7th in 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:52.94 (along with Hailey Fortin, Sarah Brown, and Nicole Fetcinko)
7th in 100-yard back with a time of 59.82
4th in 400-yard relay with a time of 3:41.03 (along with Hailey Fortin, Sarah Brown, and Katie Blankinship)