Dacula’s Lauren Henderson repeats as county diving champion

Gwinnett’s top-10 girls divers take the podium after the county championship meet Saturday the at Mountain Park Aquatic Center. (Staff Photo: Jerell Rushin)

STONE MOUNTAIN — Dacula senior Lauren Henderson repeated as Gwinnett County’s girls diving champion by a significant 52.15-point margin on Saturday morning at the Mountain Park Aquatic Center.

She was one of two Dacula divers in the top three. Sophomore Lauren Cummings placed third with a score of 385.90. Henderson scored 100 points higher in this year’s county finals than she did in 2018.

Her 493.25 points broke the county-meet record held previously by Mill Creek's Ambria D'Alonzo, who won in 2017 with 476.90 points. She finished close to D'Alonzo's all-time Gwinnett record of 512.60, set at the 2017 state meet.

“I just tried to focus on every dive individually, just one at a time and not get ahead of myself and to improve from last time (at county),” Henderson said.

Abby Carmada’s 441.10 points earned her a second place finish for the Norcross diver.

Brookwood’s entire foursome placed inside the top 10. Gillian Lee, Jordan Wolfe and Jessica Evenchick finished sixth, seventh and eighth respectively. Alala Cantrell took home 10th with 288.80 points.

Cummings didn’t compete in the 2018 county finals because she missed the application deadline and was relieved to be in the event this time and place third.

“I went to state last year, and I got cut there, so it was really hard,” Cummings said. “Working hard and making sure that I was putting in the effort that I knew I needed to be putting in to do the dives that I knew I could do was really important so that I could get back here.”

Despite the strong day, Cummings said she didn’t perform like she wanted to on a few dives and had to focus on what she could control from that point onward to rebound.

Cummings finished third to two seniors, and her coach Carrie Rajek is excited for what’s in store next season.

“What she has in the future for diving in Gwinnett County, hopefully next year, she’ll take it and win it,” Rajek said. “She has come a long way. She’s come really far. Really happy with both of their performances today.”

Kennedy Turner of North Gwinnett (373.75) and Magdalene Hennebaul (341.50) of Mountain View rounded out the top five. Archer’s Alyssa McDuffie made the podium in ninth place with 297.15 points.

Rajek expects both of her divers to have great outings at state and enter with high seeds.

The GHSA Swimming and Diving State Championship take place Feb. 7 to Feb. 9 at Georgia Tech inside the McAuley Aquatic Center, and the Gwinnett divers will be well-represented. Seedings will be available once other counties’ finals are complete.

Rank Name School Score

1 Lauren Henderson Dacula 493.25

2 Abby Carmada Norcross 441.10

3 Lauren Cummings Dacula 385.90

4 Kennedy Turner North Gwinnett 373.75

5 Magdalene Hennebaul Mountain View 341.50

6 Gillian Lee Brookwood 333.40

7 Jordan Wolfe Brookwood 304.05

8 Jessica Evenchick Brookwood 300.80

9 Alyssa McGuffie Archer 297.15

10 Alala Cantrell Brookwood 288.80

11 Katelyn Hartwig Lanier 279.25

12 Grace Littrell Parkview 265.75

13 Delaney Livengood Brookwood 263.10

14 Mary Margaret Duffey Mountain View 243.80

15 Azaria Paul Parkview 243.80

16 Kathleen Moore Mill Creek 234.55

17 Ashley Bogtong North Gwinnett 232.35

18 Shelby Savitz Lanier 217.50

19 Takira Estaba Parkview 214.30

20 Abigail Ventimiglia North Gwinnett 209.95

21 Jennifer Guzman Meadowcreek 207.95

22 Anna Penning Peachtree Ridge 171.55

23 Hannah Smith Peachtree Ridge 160.85

24 Aditi Patel Collins Hill 153.50

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Jenna Kirschner Duluth

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