NORCROSS — North Gwinnett’s girls made another serious challenge for the title Saturday night at the Gwinnett County Swimming and Diving Championships, but Brookwood finished on top again.
The Broncos won by a slim 44-point margin over runner-up North, winning the county meet for the sixth straight year and for the 17th time in the last 21 seasons. North finished as county runner-up for the seventh year in a row.
“Going into this meet it was practically a dead heat between us and North Gwinnett,” Brookwood coach Jack Gayle said. “I just challenged the girls. I said, ‘Look, we’re going to have to better our positions. Some of you are going to have to do some really special things. Whoever’s willing to do that is going to be the one that determines the outcome of the meet.’ And we had some really amazing swims from a lot of our girls. That made the difference.”
Brookwood had 1,043 points to North’s 999, while Mill Creek (825.5) and Parkview (735) also had strong meets. Mountain View took fifth at 566.5.
Lily Burke led the Broncos’ charge, defending her county championships in both the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 3.50 seconds) and the 100 freestyle (51.05). She also anchored a first-place 200 free relay that won in 1:36.08, tying the county-meet record set by Brookwood last season.