NORCROSS — On occasion, the team trophy celebration at the Gwinnett County Swimming and Diving Championships is slightly subdued. Saturday wasn’t one of those times.
North Gwinnett’s boys won the championship for the first time in program history, prompting a loud and energetic celebration after ending Brookwood’s four-year hold on the title.
The Bulldogs finished with 1,076 points to finish ahead of runner-up Parkview (895.5) and Brookwood (869.5). The defending champion Broncos suffered a costly disqualification for an early start after winning the meet-opening 200-yard medley relay and never recovered.
Mill Creek was fourth at 826 behind another record-setting night from senior Jake Magahey, and Peachtree Ridge was fifth at 516.5.
But the team trophy went to North, which had been second or third the previous seven years.
“This is a community win,” first-year North head coach Paul Callis said. “This is a summer league win, a community win. We’ve won a lot in other venues of swimming, club swimming, summer league swimming, so it was due. We’ve been ready for it. We’re here and we like it. We think we’re going to try to stick around.”
North won the title with its depth. It had no individual event win, though one almost came in the meet-ending 400 freestyle relay. North led by half of a pool when the anchor swimmers jumped in, but Magahey rallied Mill Creek to first place with a blistering final leg.