Sidney Cochran, Gainesville: Set new Hall County records in the girls’ 200-yard Individual Medley and 100-yard butterfly during Friday’s Hall county swim championships.
Alex Miller, Flowery Branch: Finished second in the girls’ 50-freestyle and 100-yard freestyle in the Hall County swim championships.
Jenny Edwards, East Hall: Scored 14 points in a 52-48 overtime loss to Dawson County on Friday night and scored a game-high 17 points in East Hall’s 56-27 loss to Gainesville on Saturday night.
Jatasia Bailey, East Hall: Finished with 12 points in the loss to Dawson County.
Kabree Randolph, Gainesville: Scored a team-best 10 points in the win over East Hall.
Sophia Jackson, Gainesville: Finished with 10 points in the Lady Red Elephants’ win over East Hall.
Hanna Grogan, Lakeview Academy: Scored a game-high 16 points and finished with six rebounds in a 46-30 win over Athens Christian Friday night.
Bree Horrocks, Buford: Finished with a team-high 14 points to lead Buford to a 65-37 win over Fannin County Friday night.
Zakaya Wright, Buford: Scored 13 points in the Lady Wolves’ win over Fannin County.
Corey Staples, Buford: Finished with 10 points in Buford’s Region 7-AAA victory.
Chandler Hall, Buford: Contributed 10 points in the win over Fannin County.
Kaitlyn Duncan, Banks County: Scored a game-high 24 points in the Lady Leopards’ 60-34 win over West Hall on Friday.
Taylor Kennedy, Banks County: Scored 10 points in the win over West Hall in Homer.
Maia Booker, West Hall: Finished with a team-best 22 points in the loss to Banks County.
Sydney Cleveland, North Hall: Notched a double-double with 19 points and 17 rebounds in the Lady Trojans’ 54-38 win over White County on Friday night.
Katie Sayres, North Hall: Finished with 13 points in the win over White County.
Abby Craven, White County: Finished with 10 points and nine rebounds in the loss to North Hall.
Breanna Locke, Flowery Branch: Scored 18 points to pace the Lady Falcons in a 56-26 rout over
Cedar Shoals on Friday night.
Kylah Mize, Flowery Branch: Contributed 12 points in Flowery Branch’s Region 8-AAAAA win.
North Hall’s Rosemary Schofield gave herself an early birthday present last week in the Hall County swim championships.
The Trojan freshman, who turned 15 on Monday, broke a pair of county records in last Friday’s meet, including the 100-yard freestyle mark held by her older sister, Margaret.
While setting a pair of new county records and helping North Hall’s girls 400-yard relay team qualify for next month’s state swim meet were all enjoyable moments, being able to go back to her sister and do a little of family bragging was even better.
“I had been wanting to break her record,” Schofield said. “I was like ‘I got you.’ It was exciting to break it. I’m following in my sister’s footsteps.
“That was a good birthday present. It made my weekend even better.”
A major part of following in her sister’s footsteps includes swimming year-round for the Lanier Splash, a local club swim team that practices nearly every day of the week.
Members of the team are usually the swimmers who have more success during the high school swim season, according to North Hall coach Rebecca Crawford.
So it wasn’t a surprise to see Schofield have so much success on such a large scale last Friday night.
“You don’t have that lag time of getting out of a routine,” Crawford said, when talking about the impact of the Lanier Splash.
“If you miss a week of swim practice it sets you back three weeks. But with year-round, you don’t have that setback time.”
Margaret’s experience of swimming with the Splash eventually motivated Rosemary to join the team and improve on the previous competitive swim experience she had from her time in the Gwinnett County summer swim league.
“I decided that I needed to do year-round with my Splash team,” Schofield said. “(Margaret) has influenced me to work harder and get better times.”
Schofield’s time with the Splash has translated into better times on North Hall’s swim team.
At next month’s swim meet at Georgia Tech, Schofield will compete in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle, the two events she set county records in last week.
She’ll also compete in the girls’ 400-yard relay, an event the Lady Trojans won on Friday night after upsetting eventual county champion Flowery Branch.
“She has been working really hard,” Crawford said of Schofield. “She’s been pushing herself. She’s a hard worker and she’s been working for those state times.”
The relay win was a milestone accomplishment for Schofield and her North Hall teammates.
Entering the county championships, the relay team had not posted a time good enough to qualify for the state meet. That’s what made winning the event even more special.
“It was exciting, surprising and it was relieving,” Schofield said. “We were all just going after it. We saw our coach’s expression and we all just went crazy. We all had happy tears in our eyes.”
Moving forward, Schofield doesn’t plan to rest of her past accomplishments. The freshman admitted she is eager to keep swimming on a daily basis, and she’s motivated to advance her career.
“I just want to make it around more places and swim to more places and get better times,” Schofield said. “I want to swim in more competitions, in like U.S. meets, too. But right now my main focus is on state.”
With a quality work ethic in the pool and the motivation to succeed, Crawford admitted there is little doubt that Schofield can become a premier swimmer in Hall County and beyond.
“The sky is the limit. If she keeps working as hard as she does, she can do anything she wants to,” Crawford said.
“She has the drive and the will to do her best. That’s what makes her so good.”