From The Trussville Tribune Staff Reports
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.
In the boys competition, Hewitt-Trussville finished a respectable 15th, among 28 teams, with 50.50 points.
In the girls competition, Hewitt-Trussville finished 27th out of 27 teams with four points.
Among the top competing Huskies were: The Huskies 200-yard meter relay team of Noah Weissgerber, Brandt Gordon, Drake Amick finished 11th in the consolation final. Caleb Knox was 14th in the boys 200 freestyle consolation finals.
Sophomore Drake Amick was an impressive sixth in the boys 200 IM championship finals and followed that with a sixth-place finish in the boys 200 IM championship finals and he finished sixth in the 100 meter fly. In the boys 100 free finals, Caleb Knox tied for 13th in the consolation final.
Brandt Gooden was 11th in the boys breaststroke.
The Hewitt girls were 15th in the 400 free relay consolation finals – Niala Cross, Lauren Bautista, Emily Bradley and Alex Mueller.
The Huskies boys were disqualified in the 400 free relay.