AUBURN – Auburn High School’s girls won their fourth straight state swimming championship Saturday as the 56th AHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships concluded at Auburn University’s James E. Martin Aquatic Complex.
Coach Jeff Dellinger’s Lady Tigers set records in three relays and totaled 385 points to win the Class 6A-7A division for the third straight year. Auburn also won the 2013 championship when all schools competed in just one division.
Huntsville was second with 204 points and McGill-Toolen Catholic was third at 188.
Westminster Christian of Huntsville, coached by Roger Von Jouanne, captured the girls’ 1A-5A state championship with 95 points. It was the Wildcats’ first swimming title in AHSAA history. Defending champion St. Paul’s Episcopal was second with 82 points and St. John Paul II Catholic of Huntsville was third with 72 points. A total of 27 schools competed in Class 6A-7A and 22 competed in 1A-5A.
In the boys’ division, Huntsville, coached by Arthur Fortin, captured its first 6A-7A state title and the school’s 13th overall dating back to 1968 with 362.5 points. Auburn was second with 262 and James Clemens was third with 228. Defending champion Bob Jones was fifth.
Coach Tyler Kern’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Saints won the 1A-5A state championship for the third straight year. The Saints dominated the competition posting 128 points. Runner-up Randolph had 69 and Scottsboro was third with 57.
Class 1A-5A Girls
Lauren McAdams, Jewel Krings, Olivia Conners and Eboni McCarty won the 200-yard medley relay with a winning time of 1:51.43 to help jump-start Westminster Christian’s state championship effort. Krings, Conners, McCarty and Rebekah Hamilton also won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:40.18.
Paige Madden of UMS-Wright, which came into the 2016 meet holding state records in the 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, added the 500-yard freestyle state record to her accomplishments winning in 4:46.98 seconds to eclipse the old record set by Chloe Sutton of Hoover in 2004 by seven seconds. She also won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.91 seconds to set a sixth girls’ AHSAA state record.
Randolph senior Sarah Cimino won the 100-yard backstroke (56.43) and 100-yard butterfly (56.14) to post two wins Saturday.
Class 6A-7A Girls
Auburn’s 200-yard medley relay team comprised of Harley Lopez Miro, Annie Frances Dallas, Hadley Dowdle and Anna Kate McGinty clocked 1:44.80 to set a state record. Hadley Dowdell, Peyton Dowdell, Audrey Phillpott and McAuley Parker also swam the 400 freestyle relay in a state-record time of 3:20.02.
McGinty, Phillpott, Dallas and Peyton Dowdle clocked 1:35.50 in the 200-yard freestyle relay to set a third state mark.
Senior Jewels Harris of Northridge set a state record in the 100-yard butterfly with a winning time of 53.69 seconds. Margaret Carey of McGill-Toolen also eclipsed the old record of 55.01 to finish second.
Mallory Underwood, a senior at Auburn, broke Paige Madden’s record (2:04.13) in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:03.60.
Class 1A-5A Boys
St. Paul’s won the 400-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard freestyle relay and 200-yard medley relay to spark the Saints’ third state title.
Sadler McKee of Briarwood Christian established a new AHSAA boys’ state record in the 500-yard freestyle with a winning time of 4:24.91, seven seconds better than his prelim time in the event.
Class 6A-7A Boys
Huntsville’s team of Robert Overbeek, Caleb Chance, Jadie Burney and Austin Smith won the 400-yard freestyle with a winning time of 3:11.04. Overbeek, Burney, Smith and Wiliam Crawford also won the 200-yard freestyle relay with a winning time of 1:27.57. Garrison Chandler, Connor Duggan, Brady Stabler and Jackson Mathis also won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:37.54 to give the Panthers a sweep in the relays.
Smith also won the 500-yard freestyle for the Panthers in 4:43.50 and won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:41.54. Overbeek, a senior, won the 100-yard butterfly (50.19) and also finished in a dead heat with Northview junior Wen Zhang in the 50-yard freestyle. Both clocked 20.56 to split the first and seconds-place points. The time was just .22 off the state record.
Complete results can be found at www.ahsaa.com.