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Jacob Budnitz

Name: Jacob Budnitz

School: Norcross

Class: Senior

Place of birth: Atlanta

College choice: Undecided

Twitter handle: @jacobbudnitz

Year-round club: Spartans Aquatics

Favorite pool to race in: Georgia Tech

Least favorite pool: UGA

Best Gwinnett County swimmer not on my high school team is: Parkview’s Josh “The Speed Demon” Kim

Song that gets me ready for a meet: “Yikes” by Kanye West or “Get in the Ring” by Guns N’ Roses

Favorite post-meet meal: Steak

Sport I’m best at other than swimming: Water polo

Role model: Mark Spitz

Dream job: Trauma surgeon

Favorite teacher: Susan Wise

Best-looking celebrity: Karl Krug

Noteworthy:

• State champion in 100 breaststroke last season

• Second at county in 100 breast

Coach Frank Pitt’s take: “Last year Jacob helped lead Norcross to its highest finish at the 7A state meet in a decade, scoring many points for the team with first-place finishes in the 100 yard breaststroke and 200 yard freestyle relay, with times that set team records and qualified for All America honors in both events. Jacob balances an incredibly challenging academic curriculum along with his devotion to swimming. He is a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, maintaining a 4.0 GPA, while taking 12 AP classes at Norcross and dual-enrolled in linear algebra and multivariable calculus classes at Georgia Tech. Jacob also finds the time to tutor students in the Norcross cluster through Blue Devil Math Mentors, a program he founded to support students at Summerour Middle School. Jacob encourages and supports his teammates. Since joining the team as a freshman, he brings a speaker and rallies the team around a theme song before every meet.”

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Mikael Getahoun

Name: Mikael Getahoun

School: North Gwinnett

Class: Senior

Place of birth: New York City

College choices: Florida State, Arizona State

Twitter handle: @Mikaelgetahoun

Year-round club: Spartans Aquatics

Favorite pool to race in: San Antonio, Texas outdoor pool

Least favorite pool: None, I can swim fast in any pool

Best Gwinnett County swimmer not on my high school team is: Mill Creek’s Jake Magahey

Song that gets me ready for a meet: “Dolce Gabbana” by Hoodrich Pablo Juan, Yung Mal and Lil Quill

Favorite post-meet meal: All-Star plate at Waffle House

Sport I’m best at other than swimming: Football and track

Role model: My father and Jesus

Dream job: Neurosurgeon

Favorite teacher: Dr. Watts

Best-looking celebrity: Sommer Ray

Noteworthy:

• State champion, third at county in 100 butterfly last season

• Fourth at state, third at county in 200 individual medley

Coach Paul Callis’ take: “Mikael is a really good athlete that luckily chose swimming as his sport. His athleticism makes him very versatile in the water. Mikael has All-America times in the 100 back, breast and fly and of course the 200 IM. He can also sprint with the best and hang in with the middle distance guys. All of these qualities make him a huge asset to a program competing for team points. This season Mikael has lots of opportunities, most importantly he has the chance to prove himself as a well-rounded student-athlete. I expect Mikael to continue to work hard and remain a focused competitor in and out of the water all year. If he does that, watch out because Mikael will do some really special things this season.”

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Nick Kalenik

Name: Nick Kalenik

School: Mill Creek

Class: Senior

Place of birth: Gainesville, Ga.

College choices: Georgia Tech, Georgia

Twitter handle: None

Year-round club: SwimAtlanta

Favorite pool to race in: McAuley Aquatic Center

Least favorite pool: Collins Hill Aquatic Center

Best Gwinnett County swimmer not on my high school team is: Peachtree Ridge’s Evan McInerny

Song that gets me ready for a meet: “Babushka Boi” by A$AP Rocky

Favorite post-meet meal: Five Guys burger with fries

Sport I’m best at other than swimming: Volleyball

Role model: Kanye West

Dream job: Business owner

Favorite teacher: Rhonda Zambo

Best-looking celebrity: Madison Beer

Noteworthy:

• Third at state in 500 freestyle

• Fourth at state, third at county in 200 free

Coach Rick Creed’s take: “Nicholas is not only an outstanding swimmer, he is a phenomenal student and incredible young man. He is a 4.0-plus student and he is ranked third in his class. He is one of the top mathematics students at our school. He plans on attending Georgia Tech and studying engineering. He is an extremely versatile swimmer and he is willing to swim any event to help the team. He is extremely unselfish. He is a two-time recipient of our Iron Hawk award by earning state qualifying times in every event. He is a two-time recipient of our Most Dedicated Athlete award selected by his peers. He is a two-time, second-team all-state swimmer and three-time Gwinnett County All-Star. Nick is an outstanding relay swimmer and has tremendous team spirit. Nick is extremely well liked and respected by his teammates, classmates, and faculty and staff. He is an outstanding leader and role model. Nick is extremely well grounded and dedicated to his studies, swimming and team. We are extremely blessed to have Nick in our program. You can always count on Nick to give his very best effort every day. He never lets his teammates down. Nick is definitely one of the top student-athletes that we have ever had in our program.”

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Jake Magahey

Name: Jake Magahey

School: Mill Creek

Class: Senior

Place of birth: Lawrenceville

College choice: Georgia

Twitter handle: None

Year-round club: SwimAtlanta

Favorite pool to race in: Georgia Tech and Duna Aréna in Budapest

Least favorite pool: Knoxville, Tenn.

Best Gwinnett County swimmer not on my high school team is: Peachtree Ridge’s Evan McInerny, Brookwood’s Daniel Tran, Parkview’s Abby McCulloh

Song that gets me ready for a meet: “4th Dimension” by Kids See Ghosts

Favorite post-meet meal: Zaxby’s

Sport I’m best at other than swimming: Powerlifting

Role model: Michael Phelps

Dream job: Undecided

Favorite teacher: Amy Carmichael

Best-looking celebrity: Camila Cabello

Noteworthy:

• State, county champion in 200 freestyle last season

• State champion in 500 free with national record

Coach Rick Creed’s take: “Jake has been our top swimmer since his freshman year. … Incredibly, Jake's character and support of his teammates far exceeds his amazing swimming ability. Jake is a natural leader and supports, encourages and challenges his teammates. Jake's teammates have tremendous respect and admiration for him not only as a swimmer but as a person. He is an assistant coach with his neighborhood Hamilton Mill summer league team. The young swimmers are drawn to him not only because of his accolades in swimming, but because he cares about their development and well being. His outstanding performance on relays demonstrates his commitment to our program. He is humble, considerate and displays outstanding sportsmanship. He is also a 4.0 gifted student. We are blessed to have Jake in our program and much of our success can be attributed to his talent, commitment, leadership and determination. He has committed to swim for UGA next year. UGA will be extremely fortunate to have such an incredible young man in their program.”

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Evan McInerny

Name: Evan McInerny

School: Peachtree Ridge

Class: Senior

Place of birth: Lawrenceville

College choice: Auburn

Twitter handle: None

Year-round club: SwimAtlanta

Favorite pool to race in: Georgia Tech

Least favorite pool: Collins Hill Aquatic Center

Best Gwinnett County swimmer not on my high school team is: Mill Creek’s Jake Magahey

Song that gets me ready for a meet: “Highest in the room”

Favorite post-meet meal: Burger, fries and a milkshake

Sport I’m best at other than swimming: Football or basketball

Role model: Tom Brady

Dream job: Sports marketer or analyst

Favorite teacher: Jeremy Laird and Tanya Downs

Best-looking celebrity: Megan Fox

Noteworthy:

• State runner-up, fourth at county in 100 butterfly last season

• Third at state, county champ in 200 individual medley

Coach Jeremy Laird’s take: “Evan is a strong student-athlete who excels in and out of the water. Evan is a team captain this season and is a huge help with mentoring the younger, newer athletes to the team. Evan is not only successful with swimming; he is academically strong with maintaining a GPA of 3.875. Evan is a polite, mature and wonderful young man to have on the team. His maturity and leadership are what drives him to be successful. Evan’s success with swimming has proven that he is a talented athlete with finishing second in the 100 fly and third in the 200 IM at last year’s state meet. In addition to being a student-athlete, Evan is also a member of the Student Leadership Team. Evan will be leaving Peachtree Ridge after graduation and will continue swimming in college at Auburn University.”

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Nathaniel Stoffle

Name: Nathaniel Stoffle

School: Brookwood

Class: Junior

Place of birth: Raleigh, N.C.

College choice: Auburn

Twitter handle: None

Year-round club: Spartan Aquatics

Favorite pool to race in: University of Georgia

Least favorite pool: YMCA in Orlando

Best Gwinnett County swimmer not on my high school team is: Mill Creek’s Jake Magahey

Song that gets me ready for a meet: “Shotta Flow” by NLE Choppa

Favorite post-meet meal: Anything from Applebee’s

Sport I’m best at other than swimming: Corn hole

Role model: Caeleb Dressel

Dream job: Candy taste tester

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Howell

Best-looking celebrity: Margot Robbie

Noteworthy:

• State runner-up in 50 freestyle, fourth at state in 100 backstroke last season

• County runner-up in 100 back, third at county in 200 individual medley

Coach Jack Gayle’s take: “Nate always impresses me with his willingness to compete and do what's best for the team, and I appreciate the fact that he's not afraid to take risks when he knows it might benefit Brookwood. Last season, it was his idea to swim the 50 free at State, an event that I thought might end up being a bit riskier than 200 IM. But Nate assured me that he would score higher in the 50, and I trusted his judgement. He ended up in second place in the 50, an amazing accomplishment, but it was his determination to do something big for Brookwood that really impressed me. This year, we're going to need big performances if we're going to compete for the state title, and I know that Nate will be equal to the task. He is relentlessly optimistic and funny, just an absolute pleasure to be around, but he is fiercely competitive in the water. I can't think of many swimmers who embody the ethos of Brookwood Swim and Dive more than him. This year, we're leaning on him for leadership as an upperclassman and a captain, and I know he won't let us down. He's a fantastic example of what high school swimming is all about.”

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Lily Burke

Name: Lily Burke

School: Brookwood

Class: Junior

Place of birth: New Orleans

College choice: Undecided

Twitter handle: @lilyburkie

Year-round club: SwimAtlanta

Favorite pool to race in: Georgia Tech or UGA

Least favorite pool: Hickory pool in North Carolina

Best Gwinnett County swimmer not on my high school team is: Parkview’s Abby McCulloh and Mill Creek’s Jake Magahey

Song that gets me ready for a meet: “Do My Thang” by Miley Cyrus

Favorite post-meet meal: My mom’s meatloaf

Sport I’m best at other than swimming: Just Dance

Role model: Everyone in my family

Dream job: Chocolate taster

Favorite teacher: Russ Castle

Best-looking celebrity: Any Marvel character, especially Tom Holland

Noteworthy:

• State, county champion in 100 freestyle last season

• State, county champion in 200 IM

Coach Jack Gayle’s take: “Having been instrumental in helping the girls win two state titles, I look forward to what Lily brings to the table as an upperclassman and team captain. Lily made her mark as a young swimmer, so she knows the value and importance of getting the underclassmen excited about Brookwood Swim and Dive, and how big that commitment can pay off down the road. She has always enjoyed challenges in the pool, whether it's competing against other top swimmers in the state or swimming events that she doesn't normally swim, so I know Lily will be equal to the challenge of leadership. I'm proud of what she has accomplished in the water, but I think she's just getting started. These next two seasons might be her best yet, and that's saying something when you have a track record like hers. I know she has her sights set on a certain Brookwood Olympian's 100 freestyle record, and I am absolutely certain that she has a real chance of breaking it. I'm just excited that when and if it happens, I'll be there to witness it.”

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Caroline Irwin

Name: Caroline Irwin

School: Buford

Class: Junior

Place of birth: Lawrenceville

College choice: Undecided

Twitter handle: None

Year-round club: SwimAtlanta

Favorite pool to race in: Any outdoor pool

Least favorite pool: Collins Hill Aquatic Center

Best Gwinnett County swimmer not on my high school team is: Mill Creek’s Jake Magahey and Parkview’s Abby McCulloh

Song that gets me ready for a meet: Anything by Ke$ha

Favorite post-meet meal: Jason’s Deli

Sport I’m best at other than swimming: Water skiing

Role model: Maya Dirado

Dream job: Pilot

Favorite teacher: Laura Graves

Best-looking celebrity: Ansel Elgort

Noteworthy:

• State champion in 50 freestyle last season

• State runner-up in 100 butterfly

Coach Brooke Heindel’s take: "Caroline exhibits the definition of a true student-athlete with a 4.0 GPA at Buford High School and a state championship under her belt. Her favorite part about high school swimming is being a part of the team and competing on relays. This past year as a sophomore she won the first ever individual high school swimming state championship for Buford by winning the 50 freestyle in the 4A/5A division, but what really stands out to me is that she said her favorite part about the meet was not becoming a state champion, rather it was competing with her teammates in the championship final of the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays."

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Abby McCulloh

Name: Abby McCulloh

School: Parkview

Class: Junior

Place of birth: Atlanta

College choice: Undecided

Twitter handle: @mcculloh2o

Year-round club: SwimAtlanta

Favorite pool to race in: William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center

Least favorite pool: Mountain Park Aquatic Center

Best Gwinnett County swimmer not on my high school team is: Brookwood’s Lily Burke and Mill Creek’s Jake Magahey

Song that gets me ready for a meet: “Lose Yourself” by Eminem

Favorite post-meet meal: Cookout cheese quesadilla and an Oreo shake

Sport I’m best at other than swimming: Underwater basket weaving

Role model: My parents

Dream job: Sports psychologist

Favorite teacher: Jon Aldrich APUSH

Best-looking celebrity: Austin Butler

Noteworthy:

• State, county champion in 200 freestyle last season

• State, county champion in 500 free

Coach Eric Brown’s take: “Abby is the returning state champion in 200 and 500 freestyle, and will be compete to win again this year. She also competes in the 100 freestyle, 200 IM and 100 fly, and often wins those events in dual meets. Best of all, Abby is a stellar student and teammate. She takes some of the most difficult classes, and earns A's. You know you're talking to a smart student-athlete when she gets excited about her chemistry class.”

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Sarah-Grace Thompson

Name: Sarah-Grace Thompson

School: Mountain View

Class: Senior

Place of birth: Atlanta

College choice: Undecided

Twitter handle: @Sarah_GraceT

Year-round club: SwimAtlanta

Favorite pool to race in: Georgia Tech

Least favorite pool: Collins Hill Aquatic Center

Best Gwinnett County swimmer not on my high school team is: Mill Creek’s Jake Magahey

Song that gets me ready for a meet: “All of the Lights”

Favorite post-meet meal: Waffle House

Sport I’m best at other than swimming: Curling

Role model: My mom

Dream job: Medical illustrator

Favorite teacher: Lauren Horton

Best-looking celebrity: Henry Golding

Noteworthy:

• State, county runner-up in 100 freestyle last season

• Third at state, county champion in 100 backstroke

Coach Lindsey Monteon’s take: “It has been a joy having Sarah-Grace on our team the last four years. Not only is she an incredibly talented and beautiful swimmer, but she also brings her strong leadership skills and positivity to everyone around her. She has a passion for the sport and for making changes that will benefit future generations by serving on numerous boards. She works incredibly hard in the classroom and in the pool to achieve excellence in both areas. She always represents her teammates, fellow athletes, Mountain View, her family and herself with respect, strength and grace. She has a wonderful future ahead of her and we cannot wait to see all that she accomplishes.”

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Hannah Wasmuth

Name: Hannah Wasmuth

School: Wesleyan

Class: Senior

Place of birth: Atlanta

College choice: Villanova

Twitter handle: None

Year-round club: Dynamo

Favorite pool to race in: Georgia Tech

Least favorite pool: Tracy Caulkins Competition Pool

Best Gwinnett County swimmer not on my high school team is: Parkview’s Abby McCulloh

Song that gets me ready for a meet: “Ravers Fantasy”

Favorite post-meet meal: Burrito bowl

Sport I’m best at other than swimming: Cross country

Role model: My parents

Dream job: Nurse anesthetist

Favorite teacher: Greg Lisson

Best-looking celebrity: Scott Eastwood

Noteworthy:

• State champion, Metro runner-up in 100 backstroke last season

• State runner-up in 200 individual medley

Coach Kevin Kadzis’ take: “Hannah has been an integral part of our team since her freshman season. Already a great swimmer in ninth grade, she has worked hard to improve at an incredible rate as the years have passed. At the state meet last season, Hannah showed that when our team needed big relay and individual swims, she was more than ready to step up and deliver. Not surprising for a school record holder and team captain. I am excited to watch her compete during her senior year before she moves on to swim for Villanova at the next level.”

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Abigayle Wood

Name: Abigayle Wood

School: Collins Hill

Class: Senior

Place of birth: Suwanee

College choice: Undecided

Twitter handle: None

Year-round club: SwimAtlanta

Favorite pool to race in: The Bolles Pool in Jacksonville, Fla.

Least favorite pool: Collins Hill Aquatic Center, the sauna

Best Gwinnett County swimmer not on my high school team is: Parkview’s Abby McCulloh

Song that gets me ready for a meet: “Pumping Up the Party”

Favorite post-meet meal: Vanilla shake from Cook Out, cheeseburger with everything and curly fries without ketchup

Sport I’m best at other than swimming: Thumb Wars!

Role models: Mia Walters, Caroline Wood

Dream job: Physician’s assistant

Favorite teacher: Coach Weaver!

Best-looking celebrity: Liam Hemsworth

Noteworthy:

• State, county champion in 100 breaststroke last season

• Fourth at state, fifth at county in 200 individual medley

Coach Jenny Weaver’s take: “Abigayle has contributed to many of our team successes athletically and academically. She captured a state championship last year in the 100 yard breaststroke and is also our current school record holder in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. Abigayle is a superb teammate that leads by example. She embraces everyone on our team and has a contagious smile. I always love to watch her race to touch the wall. We are excited about Abigayle’s bright future and where her wings will take her.”

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