NORCROSS — Mill Creek junior Jake Magahey rewrote the Gwinnett County record book for the second straight year, and the team standings followed their usual trajectory, too.
Defending state champion Brookwood won three relays, setting two county marks, and won the team title Saturday night in the Gwinnett County Swimming and Diving Championships at West Gwinnett Aquatic Center. The Broncos finished with 1,036.5 points to hold off runner-up Parkview (977) and North Gwinnett (909). Mill Creek (693.5) and Norcross (578.5) rounded out the top five.
“The guys had to fight for that one pretty hard,” Brookwood coach Jack Gayle said. “You had great teams from Parkview, North Gwinnett, Mill Creek. We were constantly checking the points after every single race to see where we stacked up because the boys field was so deep this year.”
Magahey, the reigning Daily Post swimmer of the year, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 35.31 seconds, breaking his own county-meet record from last year (1:36.17) and his all-time Gwinnett mark from last year’s state meet (1:36.11).
He also won the 100 butterfly in 48.47 seconds, tracking down Brookwood’s Aidan Stoffle, who finished in 48.57. Both swims were below the previous county-meet and all-time Gwinnett records.
Magahey, who won the 200 and 500 free titles at county last season, now owns the all-time county records in the 100 fly, 200 free and 500 free.
“Magahey’s like a force of nature,” Gayle said. “Every time he’s in the water, we all stop and watch, like what is he going to do next? He’s amazing.”
Brookwood’s Dylan Scott also had a huge day individually, winning both the 50 free (21.21) and the 500 free (4:31.26). He also played a key role on two first-place relays, including a 200 free relay that broke the county-meet record with a time of 1:25.58. He anchored that relay with a 50 free leg of 20.68, joining Nathaniel Stoffle, Daniel Tran and Roman Gibbs on the foursome.
He then gave the 400 free relay nearly a three-second lead with his 100 free leadoff leg of 45.66. The Broncos never relinquished that lead, winning the race in 3:09.78 with Sam Mauldin, Gibbs and Aidan Stoffle finishing off the relay.
“Dylan swam out of his mind,” Gayle said. “We challenged the boys that they had to step up to win the meet and I think across the board they did that.”
Brookwood also established a new county-meet and all-time Gwinnett record in the meet-opening 200 medley relay. The Stoffle brothers joined Grant Clark and Mauldin on that foursome.
Aidan Stoffle gave the Broncos a first-place finish in the 100 backstroke (48.88), as well as his runner-up finish to Magahey in the 100 fly. Nathaniel Stoffle had a second-place swim in the 100 back (50.27) and a third-place showing in the 200 individual medley (1:52.40).
Other top-10 scorers for the county champion Broncos were Tran (fifth, 200 IM and fifth, 100 breaststroke), Clark (seventh, 200 IM and third, 100 breast), Rulon Frandsen (fifth, 500 free and ninth, 200 free), Evan Bowers (ninth, 500 free), Gibbs (sixth, 100 free and seventh, 200 free), Ian Merrill (eighth, 100 free and sixth, 50 free), Chris Scalzi (ninth, 100 fly), Mauldin (10th, 50 free and sixth, 100 back) and Daniel Martinez (10th, 200 free).
Peachtree Ridge’s Evan McInerny won the 200 IM in 1:51.56 for his first county championship, while teammate Shwan Ahn defended his Gwinnett title in the 100 breast with a time of 57.71. Norcross’ Arion Solomon won his second career county title, placing first in the 100 free in 46.64. He was the 50 free champion as a junior.