GHSA swimming state championship
200 Medley Relay
North Hall (Paul Powers, Ty Powers, David Schofield, Stone Daniel), 4th, 1:36.46
Kevin Reale, Riverside Military, 8th, 1:46.05
Ty Powers, North Hall, 1st, 20.59
200 Individual Medley
Colin Monaghan, Gainesville, 2nd, 1:50.17
Paul Powers, North Hall, 1st, 43.19
William Toth, Riverside Military, 15th, 49.49
200 Freestyle Relay
North Hall (Paul Powers, Ty Powers, David Schofield, Stone Daniel), 1st, 1:24.97
Paul Powers, North Hall, 2nd, 49.43
Colin Monaghan, Gainesville, 1st, 56.55
Ty Powers, North Hall, 3rd, 57.11
Kevin Reale, Riverside Military, 11th, 1:00.46
Brittany Litke, Buford, 9th, 24.45
Danielle Brooks, Buford, 15th, 54.82
Brittany Litke, Buford, 8th, 59.25
200 Freestyle Relay
Buford (Brittany Litke, Danielle Brooks, Brittany Franklkin, Bailey Roberts), 14th, 1:45.10
ATLANTA – With every passing state swimming meet, the Powers family dynasty gains a little more prestige.
Saturday’s GHSA state championship Saturday at Georgia Tech was no exception. The two North Hall brothers, Paul and Ty Powers, each won individual state titles and were part of another first-place relay team, helping the Trojans finish fifth overall in the boys standings.
In the final high school meet of Paul Powers’ decorated career, the elder brother bid farewell to Georgia audiences with a state-record and All-American time of 43.19 to win the 100-yard freestyle relay for the second consecutive year.
Later in the day, he joined Ty Powers, David Schofield and Stone Daniel to win the 200 freestyle relay, also a back-to-back accomplishment for North Hall.
When all his events were finished, he retired from the prep level as the most successful swimmer in Hall County history. The University of Michigan signee leaves with four individual state titles and two golds in the relay events.
“I’ll be up in Michigan, so I’ll have almost no impact on Hall County when I leave,” said Powers, who also finished second in the 100 backstroke. “My senior year, I realized it was my last season and I wanted to get as much recognition for swimming (in the area) as I could.”
He had some help in doing that. Ty Powers took home his first state title by posting an All-American time of 20.59 seconds in the 50 freestyle, an event his brother had won the past two years.
Then Gainesville’s Colin Monaghan won the 100 breaststroke in 56.35 seconds to give Hall County its best showing at state with wins in four events.
“It’s not much of a big sport in Hall County yet, but it’s definitely grown a lot in the past few years,” Monaghan said. “We just hope with our good swims and everything, that we can influence more people to try swimming.”
North Hall, which scored 70 points overall, almost made it five titles for the county after a close call in the 200 medley relay team to open the day.
The Trojans held a lead in the third leg of the race, but were passed late by Marist, St. Pius and Dalton, finishing with a time of 1:42.63. Marist won with 1:39.68.
The same four swimmers made up for it with a 1:27.94 winning time in the 200 freestyle, missing a state record by 0.12 seconds.
“As our relay proved today, even though I’m part of the relay, the other three guys on the relay were just as important as I was,” said Paul Powers, who swam the leadoff leg in 19.85 seconds. “David Schofield was a 21.59 – he had never been a 21 before today. Stone Daniels also dropped time. That was main difference in us winning – their ability to drop time.”
Powers dropped the 50 freestyle in favor of the 100 backstroke at this year’s state meet. He ended up second, losing by almost two seconds to state record-holder Ethan Young of Dalton.
“The 100 back was the main event I was really try to compete in, but because I didn’t have much time to warm down,” said Powers, who had just completed the 200 freestyle relay when he began the backstroke. “I was just working with the energy I had left. I was just fighting through it and just giving it everything else that I had.”
With Paul not in the 50 freestyle, the door was opened for Ty Powers to win his first individual state title in the event.
He didn’t quite catch his brothers’ state-record time of 19.63, but he was pleased nonetheless to keep dominance of the event in the family.
“I was about 0.2 off his time last year, but he was 17 when he raced last year and I’m 16,” Ty Powers said. “I just went out there having fun.”
Ty Powers also entered the day in contention for a 200 breaststroke title, finishing second in the preliminaries behind Monaghan.
Monaghan managed to hold Powers off, but it wasn’t easy. Competing in neighboring lanes, they battled neck and neck before the Gainesville junior pulled ahead on the last leg. Both swimmers ended up with All-American times.
Basil Orr of St. Pius X also slipped past Powers just before the finish to take second, but couldn’t catch Monaghan.
“I was kind of going for the state record, but there’s always next year,” said Monaghan, who earned All-American status in the event. “It was a good drop for me anyway.”
Monaghan was also the favorite to win the 200 individual medley, but his 1:50.17 time in the event was only good for second after St. Pius’ Gunnar Bentz shattered the state record by two seconds at 1:45.55.
Two swimmers represented Riverside Military in the finals. Kevin Reale took eighth in the 200 freestyle and 11th in the 100 breaststroke, and William Toth took 15th in the 100 freestyle.
Buford was led by Brittany Litke, who finished ninth in the girls 50 freestyle and eighth in the 100 backstroke. Danielle Brooks was 15th in the 100 freestyle.
Both swimmers were part of the Wolves’ 14th place 200 freestyle relay team, along with Brittany Franklin and Bailey Roberts.
St. Pius X won the boys overall title with 199 points. Woodward Academy scored 229 points to win the girls title.