HISTORY

 

HISTORY OF THE GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS VARSITY SWIMMING AND DIVING 

Season

13-14  The Gwinnett County High School Boys’ Swimming and Diving teams had 6 teams finish in the top ten and 10 in the top fifteen at the State Championship Meet. The Collins Hill Boys Swimming and Diving Team was the county’s highest placer with a 4th place finish. The other teams in the top fifteen were the North Gwinnett boys (5th place), Brookwood (6th place), Norcross (7th place), Peachtree Ridge (8th place), Parkview (10th place), Duluth (13th place) and Mill Creek and Grayson tied for (15th place). 

The Gwinnett County High School Girls’ Swimming and Diving teams had four teams in the top ten and seven teams in the top 15 at this year’s State Championship Meet. The Brookwood Girls (3rd place) were the top Gwinnett placer.  The other teams that finished in the top fifteen were Peachtree Ridge (6th place), Mill Creek (8th place), Parkview (10th place), North Gwinnett (11th place), Archer (12th place), and Duluth (15th place).

Winners at this year‘s Gwinnett County Swimming and Diving Championship Meet were the Collins Hill Boys and the Mill Creek Girls.

Grayson hosted the Booster Club’s Award banquet. The keynote speaker was former Grayson diver Darcie O’Brien.

              The following honors were bestowed:

o   The swimmers of the year were Cody Bekemeyer of Collins Hill and Alexi Smith of Archer.

o   The divers of the year were Griffin Ramsey of Norcross and Erin Hembree of Duluth.

o   The Boys Coach of the Year award went to the Collins Hill staff of Jenny Weaver, Paul Callis, Micah Porter and Brian Collins.

o   Rick Creed and Kevin Rodgers of Mill Creek were named Girls Coaches of the Year.

o   Megan White was named the Dive Coach of the Year.



12-13  The Gwinnett County High School Boys’ Swimming and Diving teams had eight teams finish in the top fifteen at the State Championship Meet. The Parkview Boys Swimming and Diving team continued their championship tradition and won their 10thState Championship. The other Boys teams in the top fifteen were: North Gwinnett (4th place), Collins Hill (6th place), Mill Creek (9th place), Brookwood (10th place), Norcross (12thplace), Duluth (13th place), and Dacula (14th place). From the year 2000, Gwinnett County Boys’ teams have won the largest classification at the State Championship 13 times. Gwinnett County Boys’ teams have won 18 State Championships.

The Gwinnett County High School Girls’ Swimming and Diving teams had seven teams in the top fifteen at this year’s State Championship Meet. The Peachtree Ridge Girls’ team finished in 2nd place, which was their highest finish at the State Championships in school history. The other Girls’ teams that finished in the top fifteen were: Brookwood (5th place), Archer (9thplace), Parkview (11th place), Mill Creek (12th place), North Gwinnett (14th place), and Duluth (15th place). Gwinnett County Girls’ teams have won a total of 7 State Championships.

Winners at this year’s Gwinnett County Swimming and Diving Championship Meet were the Parkview Boys and the Mill Creek Girls.

Parkview hosted the Booster Club’s Award Banquet. The keynote speaker was Mary Ellen (Warta) Blanchard, Norcross High School Alumni.

The following honors were bestowed:

The swimmers of the year were Chris Powell of Mill Creek and Alexi Smith of Archer.

The divers of the year were Ben Warren of Parkview and Lexi Sachse of Mill Creek.

Dr. Anthony Rainge and Kristin Agostini were named Gwinnett County Boys Coaches of the Year.

Pam Autrey and Shannon Wilson were named Girls Coaches of the Year.

Megan White was named the Dive Coach of the Year.

 

11-12  The Gwinnett County High School Boys’ Swimming and Diving teams had five teams finish in the top ten at the State Championship Meet. The Parkview Boys Swimming and Diving Team re-claimed the top spot with their 9th State Championship. The other teams in the top ten where the Brookwood Boys team (3rd place), North Gwinnett (7th place), Collins Hill (8th place), and Mill Creek (9th place).  From the year 2000, Gwinnett County Boys’ teams have won the 5A State Championships 12 times. In all, Gwinnett County Boys’ teams have won 17 State Championships. The Gwinnett County High School Girls’ Swimming and Diving teams had four teams in the top ten at this year’s State Championship Meet. The Brookwood Girls re-claimed the top spot with their 5th State Championship.  The other teams that finished in the top 10 where Parkview (3rd place), Peachtree Ridge Girls (6th place), Mill Creek Girls (7th place), and North Gwinnett (9th place). Gwinnett County Girls teams have won a total of 7 State Championships. Winners at this year‘s Gwinnett County Swimming and Diving Championship Meet were the Parkview Boys and the Brookwood Girls. 

             GHSSCA 2012 State Female Swimmer of the Year – Rachael Dudley of Mill Creek High School

 

           Meadowcreek hosted the Booster Club’s Award banquet. The keynote speaker was Mrs. Morrison, parent of Marin Morrison (Collins Hill).

 

              The following honors were bestowed:

              The swimmers of the year were Luke Upchurch of Peachtree Ridge and Rachael Dudley of Mill Creek .

              The divers of the year were Sean Piner of Parkview and Tabitha Banks of Parkview.

              Jack Gayle and Eric Brown of Parkview were named Gwinnett County Boys Coaches of the Year

              Greg Puckett and Meredith Alfrey of Brookwood were named Girls Coaches of the Year.

               Sarah-Nicole Ackerman was named the Dive Coach of the Year.

09-10   The Brookwood boys won a third state championship, someone say THREEPEAT! This makes 11 years in a row that a Gwinnett County boy’s team has won the state championship.  Following the Broncos were Peachtree Ridge (2nd), Parkview (6th) and Collins Hill (8th). Greg Puckett was named 5A Boys Coach of the Year. At the girl’s state meet, Mill Creek took 3rd, which was the first time that the Hawks made it to the podium at the state meet. Following the Hawks were Brookwood (4th) and North Gwinnett (9th).  Rick Creed was named 5A Girls Coach of the Year. At the Diving state championships Sean Piner from Parkview took 2nd and Tabitha Banks also from Parkview took 5th.

             Claiming titles at the county championship meet were the Parkview Boys and for the first time, the Mill Creek Girls. Luke Upchurch of Peachtree Ridge and Caroline Kenney of North Gwinnett were named the swimmers of the year. Sean Piner of Parkview and Tabitha Banks of Parkview were named the divers of the year. Greg Puckett and Michelle Golden were named Gwinnett County Boys Swimming Coaches of the Year. Rick Creed and Kevin Rodgers were named Gwinnett County Girls Swimming Coaches of the Year.  Megan White was named Gwinnett Diving Coach of the Year.

             We welcomed two new schools this year; Archer and Mountain View.

             The Gwinnett County Swimming and Diving celebration was held at Duluth High School. The keynote speaker for this event was Brock Newman (a former Shiloh swimmer). 

             The Booster Club continued to take steps to improve Gwinnett diving with the purchase of new diving software and judges’ score consoles that display dive information and scores on the scoreboards.

08-09   The Brookwood boys won a second state championship. This makes ten years in a row that a Gwinnett boy’s team has won the state championship. Following the Broncos were Norcross (2nd), Parkview (3rd), Peachtree Ridge (4th), Collins Hill (6th), Mill Creek (7th), and North Gwinnett (9th). Andrew Ruffing of Parkview was named the 5A Boys Swimmer of the Year, and Greg Puckett of Brookwood was named 5A Boys Coach of the Year. At the girl’s state meet, the Brookwood girls took second place followed by Parkview (5th), Mill Creek (6th), and North Gwinnett (8th).   

            The Brookwood Broncos swept both the boys and the girl’s county championship.

             Peachtree Ridge hosted the Booster Club’s Award banquet. The keynote speaker was Eric Shanteau, (former Parkview swimmer and     Olympian).

 

            The following honors were bestowed:

o   The swimmers of the year were Andrew Ruffing of Parkview and Caroline Kenney of North Gwinnett.
o   The divers of the year were Glenn Branscomb of Parkview and Mary Kate Young of Collins Hill.
o   Greg Puckett and Michelle Golden were named Gwinnett County Girls Coaches of the Year
o   Jennifer Weaver and Corinne Brehm were named Boys Coaches of the Year.
o   Bettie Hudson was named the Dive Coach of the Year.

07-08   The Brookwood boys had an extremely strong showing to win their first state championship. This is the 9th year in a row that a Gwinnett men's team has won the state championship. Following the Broncos, Gwinnett swept the top five places at state with Parkview (2nd), Mill Creek (3rd), Norcross (4th), and Collins Hill (5th). Peachtree Ridge and Duluth also finished in the top ten with 7th and 10th place finishes respectively. The Brookwood girls took second place in state, and were followed by Mill Creek (5th) and Parkview (6th). Greg Puckett was named AAAAA Boys Coach of the Year.  Tradition was upheld at the county meet where the Brookwood girls and Parkview boys defended their titles.  

            The Gwinnett County Booster Club began a new tradition by hosting a county awards banquet. This event was a great success and displayed the countless honors that our athletes have achieved. The swimmers of the year were Stephen Swan of Brookwood and Abigail Alton of Dacula. The divers of the year were Sara Halliburton of Duluth and Cameron Cowgill of Mill Creek. Rick Creed and Kevin Rodgers were named Gwinnett County Girls Coaches of the Year while Jack Gayle and Eric Brown were named the Boys Coaches of the Year.

              This season also marks the first year that touchpads are in use during dual meets. Full 10 line scoreboards were purchased and will be mounted at the pools for use during the 2008-2009 season.  

06-07   The Gwinnett County High School Boys Swimming and Diving teams took the top 5 places at this year's State Championship Meet. The Parkview Boys team successfully defended their 5A State Championship, while Brookwood, Collins Hill, Grayson, and Norcross finished out the Top 5. Gwinnett County Swimming and Diving Teams have won the 5A State Title for the last seven consecutive years. Parkview's Boys team also defended the Gwinnett County Championship.  The Gwinnett County High School Girls Swimming and Diving teams had three teams finish in the Top 5 places at the State Championship meet this year. Parkview's Girls team performed beyond expectations and were the State Runner-up. North Gwinnett and Brookwood each had a great meet finishing fourth and fifth respectively. Brookwood's Girls team made it four in a row at the County Championship, beating arch-rival Parkview.

            Scott Royal of Peachtree Ridge was named the Male Swimmer of the Year.

            Abigail Alton of Dacula was named Female Swimmer of the Year.

            Jacob Tzegaebge of Shiloh was named the Male Diver of the Year.

            Heidi Olnhausen of Norcorss was named Female Diver of the Year.

            Kevin Rodgers of Mill Creek is the Men's Coach of the Year.

            Michele Broeg of Central Gwinnett is Women's Coach of the Year.   

05-06   The Parkview Boys Swimming and Diving Team reclaimed the 2006 5A State and County Championships. The Gwinnett County High School Boys Swimming and Diving Teams have won the 5A State Championships for the last six years.  In looking at the top 10 teams from the State   Championship, Gwinnett County had four Boys Teams (Parkview, Collins Hill, Brookwood, and Duluth) and three Girls Teams (North Gwinnett, Parkview, and Mill Creek) finish in the Top Ten. In doing this, the Gwinnett County High School Swimming and Diving Teams continued their pursuit of Excellence. The Brookwood Girls narrowly defeated the Parkview Girls to successfully defend their straight County Championship.  Lexie Bryant a Duluth girl diver wins 5A state diving championships.  This is the first GCPS girl to win state title. Our Coach of the year for the Men’s Swimming and Diving was Jeremy Laird of Peachtree Ridge and our Women's Coach of the year was David    Perron of North Gwinnett. Our Swimming Award winners this year were South Gwinnett (Boys) Cole Porter, (Female) Carmen Rodriguez. For the first time, the Gwinnett County Swimming and Diving Booster Club also recognized a Swimmer and Diver of the Year.  Nat Emmett of Collins Hill was the Male Swimmer of the Year and Abigail Alton of Dacula was the Female Swimmer of the Year, Jordan Horsley of Collins Hill was the Male Diver of the Year and Lexie Bryant of Duluth was the Female Diver of the Year.

04-05   The Gwinnett County High School Swimming and Diving Teams continue their tradition of excellence. The Brookwood Girls successfully defended their County Championship. The Collins Hill boys repeated as the AAAAA State Champions as well as winning their second straight County Championship. Mill Creek High School opened this year and added another swimming and diving program to the county.  The county now has 15 schools with Girls and Boys Swimming and Diving programs.  Our Coach of the year for boysswimming was Jim Reason of Duluth and our girls Coach of the year was Susan Ethridge of Grayson. Swimming Award winners this year were Greg Tunning from Collins Hill and Layla Lester from Dacula.

03-04   The success continues – with some differences. For the first time, the season is joined by Peachtree Ridge High School, the new Mountain Park pool opens and coaches have laptops.  The Brookwood Girls successfully defend their AAAAA State Championship and become the first girl’s team in Georgia to win 4 State Championships in a row.  Amanda Weir set a new state record in the 100 Freestyle.  Amanda also became the first female in Georgia history to be a perfect 8 for 8 as State champion in her individual events.  During the regular season, the Broncos also set 3 National meter records – 200 Medley Relay (Andrea Hupman, Kimberly Morris, Amanda Weir, and Callie Merriman), 100 and 200 Free – Amanda Weir.  The Collins Hill boys win their first State Championship.  The Eagles were joined by four other boys teams in the top 10 (Parkview 4th, Brookwood 7th, Shiloh 9th and Duluth 10th).  The Collins Hill boys also put an end to the 13 year streak of the Parkview boys as County Champions.  Jennifer Weaver (Collins Hill) and Greg Puckett (Brookwood) were selected as the State AAAAA Boys’ and Girls’ Coaches of the Year.

02-03   The success continues – with more depth to the success.  The Parkview Boys and Brookwood Girls successfully defend their AAAAA State Championships.  For the girls, Parkview placed 2nd and Duluth placed 9th.  For the boys, 8 of the top 15 teams were from Gwinnett with the following placing in the top 10 – Collins Hill – 6th, Brookwood – 8th, and Shiloh – 9th.  Two more State records were set – John Millen in the 500 Free and Amanda Weir in the 50 Free.  For the State of Georgia, Amanda Weir was chosen as the AAAAA Female Athlete of the Year.  Rick Creed (Parkview) and Greg Puckett (Brookwood) were selected as the AAAAA Boys’ and Girls’ Coaches of the Year for the State.

01-02   The success of the new century continues.  The Parkview Boys and Brookwood Girls successfully defend their AAAAA State Championships.  Other State successes were Brookwood Boys – 3rd, Shiloh Boys – 9th, Norcross Boys – 10th, and the Parkview Girls – 3rd.The State records continue to fall. The Parkview Boys set numerous records. Eric Shanteau crushes his previous 200 I.M. record while teammate Mike Kauffman breaks his previous 500 Free record. The 200 Medley Relay of David McManic, Eric Shanteau, Michael Kauffman, and John Millen set a new record.  The 400 Free Relay of Eric Shanteau, John Millen, Michael Miller, and Mike Kauffman break their previous record.  The girls also break their share of State records – Ashley Daly of Parkview sets record in 200 I.M. and Amanda Weir of Brookwood breaks her previous record in the 100 Free.  The Brookwood 400 Free Relay of Andrea Hupman, Meredith Alfrey, Christie Hupman, and  Amanda Weir crush the previous record.  For the State of Georgia, Eric Shanteau, Mike Kauffman, and Christie Hupman were selected as the AAAAA Male and Female Athlete’s of the Year.  Rick Creed (Parkview) and Greg Puckett (Brookwood) were selected as the AAAAA Boys' and Girls’ Coaches of the year for the State.

00-01   The new century begins with two new additions to the swim/dive community - Grayson High School has its first team and the 10-lane Collins Hill pool opens. The success of the 90’s carries over into the new century.  The Parkview Boys and the Brookwood Girls win the first ever AAAAA State Championships. Other State successes were Brookwood Boys - 3rd, Shiloh Boys - 5th, Norcross Boys - 8th, Parkview Girls - 4th, Duluth Girls - 8th, and Shiloh

         Girls - 9th. Many new State records are set.  Eric Shanteau of Parkview beats his previous record in the 200 I.M.  The Parkview 400 Free Relay of             Eric Shanteau, Jeremy Oversier, John Millen, and Mike Kauffman crush their previous record.  Amanda Weir of Brookwood sets a State record in the             100 Free and ties a 20 year old record in the 200 Freestyle.  For the State of Georgia, Eric Shanteau, Mike Kauffman, and Amanda Weir                             were selected as the AAAAA Male and Female Athlete’s of the Year.  Rick Creed (Parkview) and Greg Puckett (Brookwood) were selected as the                AAAAA Boy’s and Girl’s Coaches of the year for the State.

99-00   Due to tremendous growth and interest, Parkview and Brookwood start Junior Varsity (JV) teams.  State tournament is split for the first time; there is an AAAA meet and a combined AAA/AA/A meet.  Gwinnett teams dominate the AAAA meet with Parkview Boys winning the State Championship.  Other State successes were Brookwood Boys-2nd,Shiloh Boys - 5th, Duluth Boys - 6th, Brookwood Girls - 2nd, Parkview Girls - 4th, and Norcross Girls - 5th.  Parkview established numerous State records - Boys 400 Free Relay of Jeff Craig, Eric Shanteau, Landon Odom, and Mike Kauffman, 200 I.M. - Ashley Daly and Eric Shanteau, and the 500 Freestyle - Mike Kauffman. In the AAA/AA/A meet the Dacula Boys place 9th.  For the State of Georgia, Rick Creed (Parkview) was named AAAA Boy’s Coach of the year and Greg Puckett (Brookwood) was named AAAA Girl’s Coach of the year.  Christie Hupman of Brookwood was selected as the AAAA Female Athlete of the Year for Georgia.

98-99   County teams again successful at State tournament with 7 teams placing in top 10. They were Duluth Boys - 2nd, Brookwood Boys - 3rd, Parkview Boys - 4th, Brookwood Girls - 2nd, Parkview Girls - 5th, Norcross Girls - 8th, and Collins Hill Girls - 9th.

97-98   County teams dominate State tournament. Parkview becomes first team in County to win both the Boys’ and the Girl’s State Championship in the same year. Other State successes - Duluth Boys - 2nd, Brookwood Boys - 5th, Collins Hill Boys - 10th, Brookwood Girls - 3rd, Collins Hill Girls - 7th.  Parkview Boys 400 Free relay of Reed, Baker, Shanteau, and Gayle establish the State record. For the State of Georgia, Rick Creed (Parkview) was named Girl’s Coach of the year and Brook Whitmire (Duluth) was named Boy’s Coach of the year.  Katie Permenter of Parkview was selected as the Female Swimmer of the Year for the State.

96-97   Parkview is first Girls team in County to win State Championship.  Other State successes - Brookwood Girls - 3rd, Parkview Boys - 2nd, Brookwood Boys - 3rd, Duluth Boys - 9th.  Whitney Leatherwood of Brookwood is selected as the Female Swimmer of the Year for the State.

95-96   State successes - Parkview Boys - 3rd, Brookwood Boys - 4th, Parkview Girls - 5th.

94-95   Parkview Boys win State Championship.  Other State successes - Brookwood Girls – 3rd, Brookwood Boys - 6th,  Shiloh Boys - 9th. For the State of Georgia, Rick Creed (Parkview) was named Boy’s Coach of the Year and Greg Puckett (Brookwood) was named Girl’s Coach of the Year.  Collins Hill High School was an addition to our county.

93-94   Shiloh Boys win State Championship.  Shawn McNew of Shiloh establishes the State record in the 200 Individual Medley. The 200 Medley relay of McNew, Heitner, Keen and Simonton establish the State record. The 200 Free relay of Newman, Lewter, Simon and McNew establish the State record. The 200 Free relay is still the current State record. Other State successes - Parkview Boys - 3rd, Brookwood Boys - 6th, and Brookwood Girls - 5th.

92-93   Shiloh Boys place 2nd at State.

90-91   Shiloh Boys become the first Gwinnett County team to win a State Championship.  Clay Tippins of Shiloh establishes the State records in the 100 Butterfly and the 200 Freestyle.  The 100 Butterfly is still a current State record.

89-90   With the fantastic growth of the county and the summer league programs growing to over 4,000 participants, the high schools in Gwinnett begin to lead the way at the State meet.  Shiloh Boys place 2nd at State. Clay Tippins establishes the State record in the 100 Butterfly.

88-89   Jonathan Jennings of Brookwood establishes the State record in the 200 Individual Medley.  Brookwood Boys place 2nd at State. For the past 30 years, the private schools in the state and the high school teams from Dekalb County had dominated the sport of swimming. Mary Ellen Blanchard of Norcross received All American Status.

         The decade of the 90’s began to change all that!

85-86   Mark Smith of Central Gwinnett establishes the State record in the 100 Breast stroke.

83-84   Scott Hogg of Parkview establishes the State record in the 50 Freestyle and the 100 Butterfly

81-82   Gwinnett High school swimming seemed to be on the right track when the Recreation Authority of Gwinnett allowed the local high schools to use the Mountain Park facility rent free because of the department’s use of several high school gyms. However, there were nine high schools with swimming programs and only one coach.  Parents formed booster organizations that paid fees much like the local community schools.  Despite overcrowded conditions with more than 250 swimmers, a medley team from Parkview won Gwinnett’s first State team event.

80-81   South Gwinnett, Central Gwinnett, and Norcross start their own programs. With the Gwinnett County summer swim league growing to around 1,500 swimmers, all that was needed was a year-round swimming facility.  Thanks to some quick action by the High School Booster Club and the County Commissioners, Gwinnett County was about to get its first heated pool. The new pool being constructed at Mountain Park had a heater added to its design. Later that year an air structure covering was purchased for the Mountain Park Aquatic Center through a joint effort of the Northlake Aquatic Club, Gwinnett Recreation Authority and the Board of County Commissioners. This unique facility featured a removable air support building which provided a warm environment in the winter months and could be taken down for outdoor summer swimming. The pool became the State of Georgia’s only indoor/outdoor 50 meter facility.

79-80   Parkview Boys place 3rd at State

78-79   Parkview High initiated the sport with over 40 participants. Meets were arranged with several local private schools and schools outside the county. Practices were held at the YWCA in Decatur. There were many drawbacks for the Panthers. Team members had to provide their own transportation, raise money for suits and warm-ups, and pay $1 per practice at the YWCA. They were only able to practice three days a week for 45 minutes in a pool that did not have lane ropes.  There were also no coaching supplements. Despite these drawbacks, the boy’s team finished an undefeated dual meet season and placed 5th at State.  The team was led by Bill Steel who won the State Championship and established the State record in the 500 Freestyle.

                

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
                   
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