The high-school swim career of Chestatee’s Luke Hene came to a close Saturday at the GHSA Swimming and Diving Championships on the Georgia Tech Campus.
Hene just wishes it came to a close 0.11 seconds sooner.
The Chestatee senior set a goal for himself coming into the championships; a sub-50 second 100-yard backstroke. His best time was 50.11 seconds in the preliminary round.
“I’m a little disappointed I didn’t hit the 50 second mark like I was hoping,” Hene said.
What Hene did do, however, was score a pair of fourth place finishes. One in the 200-yard individual medley and one in the aforementioned 100-yard backstroke, a race that saw Dalton High’s Ethan Young set a new state record at 47.2 seconds.
“I had a lot of fun swimming at high school meets,” Hene said. “It’s been a great experience. It has been fun every time I go to meets and going to the state championship every year.
“Overall, I’m pretty happy with the results.”
One of the more unexpected results came in the girls’ 100-yard freestyle, where Jefferson High’s Camille Porter defeated the North Hall duo of Rose Schofield and Ashley Johnston to win the event. Porter finished with a time of 51.99, nearly five seconds better than her best time entering the championships, while Schofield (the top qualifier) finished sixth and Johnston finished seventh.
Porter also had a seventh place finish in the 50-yard freestyle and anchored the Jefferson relay team to a fifth place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay, three places higher than the North Hall squad.
Other performances of note include Lakeview Academy senior Michael Wacho (9th in boys 100-yard freestyle and 10th in 200-yard freestyle), Gainesville sophomore Brian Monaghan (10th in boys 100-yard breaststroke) and Chestatee sophomore Lindsey Grater (seventh in girls 500-yard freestyle and eighth in 200-yard freestyle).
In the team events, Riverside Military Academy finished seventh in the boys 200-yard freestyle relay and Gainesville High finished ninth in the boys 200-yard medley relay.