Several county schools competed in the pool this past weekend as swimmers tune up for the upcoming county and state meets.
In the Region 4AAAAAAA championship Friday at the Cherokee County Aquatic Center, Etowah finished third in the combined standings with 294 points, trailing Lassiter (383) and Walton (622).
Roswell finished in fourth with 268 points, followed by Cherokee (157) and Woodstock (148).
Etowah, which was second on the girls side with 173 points, was led by Payton Smith, who finished first in the 100 yard freestyle with a state-qualifying time of 1 minute, 59.99 seconds. Smith also finished second in the 500 yard freestyle with a state-qualifying time of 5:22.49. Woodstock's Ashley Case placed first in two meets, the 100 yard butterfly (59.06) and the 100 yard backstroke (1:02.20), both state-qualifying times.
On the boys side, Etowah finished fourth with 121 points, with Cherokee fifth (92) and Woodstock sixth (78).
Cherokee’s Zach Nepogoda and Woodstock's Mason Sommer were the only males from Cherokee County to win a race at the event. Nepogoda finished first in the 200 yard individual medley with a state-qualifying time of 2:02.95 while Sommer finished first in the 100 yard breaststroke with a state-qualifying time of 1:00.90. Nepogoda also finished second in the 100 freestyle with a state-qualifying time of 50.30.
On Saturday, Etowah hosted its Janueagle meet with Cherokee, River Ridge and Sequoyah in attendance, along with Walnut Grove and Providence Christian.
Etowah finished first in the combined standings with 1,190 points, followed by River Ridge (1,076), Sequoyah (827) and Cherokee (522).
Etowah also finished first on the girls side with 722 points, while River Ridge finished first on the boys side with 629 points.
Etowah’s Cole Dallas, Samuel Hunnings, Hunter Smith and Zack Zamorano won the boys 200 yard medley relay (1:50.38) while River Ridge’s Sarah Brown, Nicole Fetcinko, Ashley Fortin and Haley Fortin finished first in the girls 200 medley relay (1:56.13).
In the 200 yard freestyle relay, Etowah’s Gann Billings, Samuel Hunnings, Hunter Smith and Ben Willett finished first in 1:37.07, while Sequoyah’s Laurel Blase, Emma Gelatt, Delaney Harrison and MacKenzie Beaver took first on the girls side (1:45.20).
Billings, Dallas, Willett and Zack Zamorano took first place for Etowah in the boys 400 yard freestyle relay (3:36.35), while Katie Blankenship, Brown, Fetcinko and Fortin took first place on the girls side (3:45.85).
Several swimmers from Sequoyah finished first in multiple events.
Blase finished first in the 200 yard freestyle (1:57.45) and 500 freestyle (5:15.04), while Harrison finished first in the girls 50 yard freestyle (24.54) and 100 freestyle (54.17). Sequoyah’s Grant Davis finished first in the boys 100 yard freestyle (48.64) and 100 yard backstroke (56.16).
Ashley Fortin first in both the 200 yard IM (2:21.16) and 100 yard breaststroke.