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North Hall's Powers aims to add to swimming state titles
Championship meet begins Friday at Georgia Tech
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North Hall senior Ty Powers practice Tuesday at the Frances Meadows Aquatics Center in Gainesville. - photo by Chris Campbell

State swim meet
at Georgia Tech
When: Friday-Saturday
Cost: $12 per day

Local participants
Buford
Ben Wellington, Nelson Montini, Grady Rothweiler, James Loftus; 200 medley relay. Danielle Brooks, Emily Cranney, Ansley Parker, Molly Moran; girls 200 medley relay. Loftus, 50 freestyle. Brooks, girls 50 freestyle. Brooks, girls 100 butterfly. Loftus, 100 freestyle. Montini, 500 freestyle. Wellington, Montini, Rothweiler, Loftus; 200 freestyle relay. Brooks, Elizabeth Wenaas, Moran, Emily Cranney; girls 200 freestyle relay. Wellington, 100 backstroke. Rothweiler, Paul Stef, Luke Berry, Andrew Fricks, 400 freestyle relay.

Chestatee
Luke Hene, Trace Austin, Tristan Taylor, Eric George; 200 medley relay. Lindsay Grater, girls 500 freestyle. Eric George, Luke Grater, Grayson Roeming, Trace Austin; 200 freestyle relay. Taylor and Hene, 100 backstroke. Taylor, Hene, Austin, George; 400 freestyle relay.

Flowery Branch
Sarah Robles, Alex Miller, Michele Mix, Jenna Killian; girls 200 medley relay. Kell Waddell, 50 freestyle. Alex Miller, girls 50 freestyle. Waddell, 100 freestyle. Waddell, Alec Burke, Ben James, Nathan O’Connor, 200 freestyle relay. Robles, Miller, Killian, Riley Whitwell, girls 200 freestyle relay. Burke, James, O’Connor, Waddell; 400 freestyle relay. Robles, Miller, Killian, Whitwell, girls 400 freestyle relay.

Gainesville
Colin Monaghan, Tanner Doan, Brian Monaghan, Spencer Summer; 200 medley relay. Sidney Cochran, girls 200 freestyle. Colin Monaghan and Tanner Doan, 200 individual medley. Brian Monaghan, 500 freestyle. Cochran, girls 500 freestyle. Max Summer, Brian Monaghan, Colin Monaghan, Tanner Doan, 200 freestyle relay. Doan, 100 backstroke. Colin and Brian Monaghan, 100 breaststroke.

Jefferson
Ryan Childress, Bree Hanson, Heather Perry, Falon Bell; girls 200 medley relay. Jacob Musgrove, 200 individual medley. Haley Bartoletta, girls 200 individual medley. Camille Porter, girls 50 freestyle. Bartoletta, girls 100 butterfly. Porter, girls 100 freestyle. Musgrove, 500 freestyle. Musgrove, Max Higgins, Carlos Guzman, Austin O’Kelley; 200 freestyle relay. Bartoletta, Bell, Porter, Ryan Childress; girls 200 freestyle relay. Childress, girls 100 backstroke. Guzman, Musgrove, Cole Holbrook, Nic Aquila; 400 freestyle relay. Bartoletta, Childress, Porter, Hanson; girls 400 freestyle relay.

Lakeview Academy
Michael Wacho, 200 freestyle. Wacho, 100 freestyle.

North Hall
Ty Powers, Daniel Stone, David Schofield, Buddy Peterson; 200 medley relay. Emily Anne Frederick, Ashley Johnston, Jordan Battle, Rosemary Schofield; girls 200 medley relay. Battle, 200 girls individual medley. Powers and Schofield, 50 freestyle. Rosemary Schofield and Johnston, girls 50 freestyle. Powers, 100 freestyle. Rosemary Schofield, girls 100 freestyle. Powers, David Schofield, Peterson, Stone; 200 freestyle relay. Battle, Rosemary Schofield, Johnston, Frederick; girls 200 freestyle relay. Johnston and Battle, girls 100 backstroke. David Schofield, 100 breaststroke.

Riverside Military
Andy Yap, Kevin Muir, Kevin Reale, Tucker Pearson, 200 medley relay. Yap, 100 backstroke. Muir, Yap, Reale, Robert McMorrow, 400 freestyle relay.

West Hall
Roland Stanley, 100 breaststroke.

Ty Powers knows exactly who he is as a swimmer.

The North Hall senior is a dynamic athlete in the pool, with three state titles to his name, and gunning for more this weekend at the Georgia High School Association state meet Friday and Saturday at Georgia Tech.

He’s put in an endless number of hours to get where he is in his career, which includes locking up a scholarship to compete in the pool the next four years at the University of Tennessee.

Somewhere north of 20 hours per week, he’s working in the water, usually at the Frances Meadows Aquatics Center with his coach, Andy Deichert.

It’s not easy work. Becoming one of the best in a sport comes at the expense of a regular social life and family time.
“I’m really lucky to have a coach to work with, who invests so much time in me, and gives great advice,” said Powers.

At state, Powers hopes that all his hard work can lead to a repeat title in the 50-yard freestyle.

His best event, Powers hopes to win the sprint event in a time under 20 seconds, after posting a first-place mark of 20.59 his junior year at state. He also wants to win in his other individual race, the 100 freestyle, though he said it will be a tough battle against junior Dean Farris, of Paideia School.

Powers knows this is his one year to shine alone at state, now that big brother Paul has graduated and is doing quite well as a freshman swimming for the University of Michigan.

Being apart from his brother isn’t necessarily a blessing, according to Ty. Ty grew up training with Paul, who is one year older, and learning what it takes to compete at a championship level.

Paul finished his career with the Trojans as one of the most decorated high school swimmers in state history with nine state titles to his name.

Even when Paul was coming up as a big swimming sensation in Hall County, Ty was drawing attention, as a result of his brother’s praise.

The oldest of the Powers’ brothers is the state record holder in the 50 free (19.63) and 100 free (43.19).

However, Ty said that while his brother was the center of attention during his career, he made sure everyone knew about his younger brother, who is now setting the standard.

Now Ty’s main training partner is Gainesville High senior Colin Monaghan, who will be swimming next year at the University of Georgia. Other than that, Ty spends most days training in the pool solo, learning what it takes to best be prepared to succeed at the next level.

“Paul’s a great big brother,” said Ty, who will also swim a pair of relay events at state. “I miss him, training with him. It’s been hard training alone this year.”

In 2014, Ty and Paul Powers were half of North Hall’s 200 freestyle relay squad, which placed first at state. Ty, along with Stone Daniel, David Schofield and Buddy Peterson, will be part of the 200 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay for the Trojans at Georgia Tech.

Ty is at an advantage as the younger of brothers in a swimming family dynasty. Mainly, Ty can feed off the advice of Paul, who has already had many of the same freshman experiences he’ll take in, starting this summer in Knoxville.

Even though Ty is working toward competing in the Olympic Games, like Paul, his main focus in college is academics.

Paul is going through the same balancing act of academics and sports as an engineering major.

“Swimming is really the fun part,” said Ty. “I’m going to Tennessee to focus on academics.

“Paul’s giving me lots of advice about making sure to work with the tutors and not slack on study time.”

The older of the Powers’ brothers has already made a mark with the Wolverines. Paul, a three-time All-American in high school, was recognized Oct. 28 as Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

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