Review: Girls swim team wins APS title, boys come in second

Archie Kinnane

Junior Lia Pett was glad she didn’t cut her fingernails before the APS City Championship swim meet on Jan. 28; in the 200-yard individual medley, Pett beat North Atlanta’s Morgan Gomez by one-hundredth of a second to win first place.

Pett’s microscopic victory margin was microcosmic of a city championship that went swimmingly for the Knights. The girls swim team won first, with 485 team points to second-place North Atlanta’s 429. Teams are awarded points based on how their members place in each event, with more points awarded for better finishes. Every team member scored points. The boys team finished second to North Atlanta. The Warriors also squeezed by the Knights for first place overall, with 948 points to Grady’s 915.

Melissa Brown won the 50-yard freestyle with a meet record. Brown also won the 100-yard butterfly. On the boys side, Justin Cucchi won two events: the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard back-stroke. No boys swam a fast enough time to qualify for state.

Several members of the girls team qualified for the state tournament. Juniors Sally Cummings and Pett, sophomores Sloan Hodges, Jesse Hume and Catherine Hume and freshman Melissa Brown competed at the state tournament on Feb. 7. Brown finished seventh in the state in the 50-yard freestyle.