STONE MOUNTAIN — Issues with the computer scoring program caused some turmoil at the end, but didn’t change who stood atop of the podium Wednesday at the Gwinnett County girls diving meet.
North Gwinnett’s Kennedy Turner won, edging Brookwood’s Gillian Lee by just a few points at Mountain Park Aquatic Center in Stone Mountain.
Initially, North freshman Morgan Lemmings was awarded third place. The top 10 finishers who made it past the six-round preliminaries all stood with medals on their neck. Pictures were taken. Then came an announcement. Officials realized that Georgia’s relatively new 12-dive format didn’t tabulate correctly in the scoring program they were using. It was set for 11 dives, which is the standard across the nation, and dropped one.
When the scores were added by hand, Mountain View’s Magdalene Hennebaul moved up one spot to third.
Confusion aside, it was an impressive showing for the Bulldogs.
Turner, the new county champ, kept it pretty low-key afterward. That, too, didn’t have anything to do with the computer issues.
“It was really competitive last year and she was always in the mix,” North head coach Paul Callis said. “Coming into the season I think she saw maybe this was her year that she could take it. There’s a lot of parity in the crowd and she’s super humble. She didn’t want to show off.”
Turner was more enthusiastic talking about Lemmings and the rest of the finalists than she was about the win.
“Morgan, she did amazing,” Turner said. “I’m so proud of her. Everyone out here, they did absolutely amazing.
“My first six dives, there were errors here and there, but my second six, I tried to kick out stronger and make my entries better. The second six I was just really trying to perfect it and get the little techniques right.”
Turner finished with 477 points and Lee was runner-up with 472.05. Hennebaul was third (363.55 to Lemmings’ 359.45).
“Kennedy was a contender, probably since the end of last season, and Morgan has been working hard,” Callis said. “She dove a little bit before high school and about three or four weeks ago, she wasn’t qualified for state. She said to our dive coach, ‘I think I really want to go for state.’
“That was going to require her to get some more (degree of difficulty), obviously. She was, early in the season, apprehensive to get those harder DDs, but she wanted to try. She really learned those dives in the last two or three weeks.”
Parkview’s Grace Littrell was fifth and Collins Hill’s Dominique Goodman, another freshman, was sixth. Rounding out the top 10 were Azariah Paul (Parkview), Jessica Evenchick (Brookwood), Delaney Livengood (Brookwood) and Daniela Colmenares (Mill Creek).
The boys dive at 9 a.m. Saturday with the swimming finals to follow at Mountain Park.