On the strength of five individual championships and two relay wins, Douglas County swept the Douglas County Swimming Championships on Monday afternoon.
The Tigers won both the boys and girls county title at Boundary Waters Aquatic Center to end the season.
On the boy’s side, the Tigers had four individual champions with Trent Griffin leading the way with two county titles.
Griffin won the 200-yard Individual Medley in two minutes, 19 seconds and followed that with a time of 57.08 seconds to win the 100 freestyle event.
Joining Griffin as a county champion was teammate Brendon Thaler in the 200 freestyle at 2:17 and Tanner Crew went 26.28 to win the 50 freestyle.
“Overall I’m real happy for our seniors,” Douglas County coach Robert Bennett said.
On the boys side, the Tigers amassed 194 points to win the title while Alexander had 148 points to place second and Chapel Hill was third with 143 points.
The girls’ championship was much tighter as three points separated the first through third spots. Douglas County had only one individual girls winner but amassed 184 points to hold off Chapel Hill, which finished runner-up with 182 points. Alexander was third with 181 points.
“That is about as tight of a race as you are going to see,” Bennett said. “It is just a reflection of them coming out everyday and putting in the work. They really put it together.”
The county championship was pushed back three days after inclement weather last week forced the cancellation of all sporting activities last week.
Douglas County lone girls’ individual champion was Mallory Oslacky, who went 1:22 to win the 100 butterfly.
Bennett said this was the first year that the county crowned a boys and girls championship separate. The last two years Douglas County had finished runner-up to Chapel Hill in the combined team championship.
For Bennett, this was his fourth overall championship since becoming the county.
The Chapel Hill girls pretty much dominated the individual championships with juniors Danielle Melilli and Lauren Florentino winning two individual championships.
Chapel Hill swept both the 200 medley and freestyle relays while Alexander claimed the 400 relay in the meet’s last event.
Melilli went 25.11 seconds to win the 50 free and followed that with a 54.82 to win the 100 free event. She is the lone girls individual to qualify for next month’s GHSA Swimming and Diving Championship at Georgia Tech. She has qualified for six events but swimmers are only allowed to swim two individual races at state.
“I’ve really been concentrating on high school swimming this season,” Melilli said. “I’m pretty pleased at what I did at county, and now I’m looking forward to state.”
Florentino won the 200 free in 2:08 and went 1:10 to win the 100 back.
The two combined with sophomores Oliviia Holland and Deanna Rodriguez to help the Panthers’ 200 medley relay team qualify for state.
New Manchester senior Michael Tappler won both the 100 backstroke (1:00.69) and 100 butterfly (56.29). He has also qualified state meet in the 100 butterfly.
Douglas County senior Andrew Fox received the Lindy Boatman Competition Award before the meet during the county’s Senior Night ceremonies.