From Feb. 5-7, one of the largest and most talented contingents of Pace Academy swimmers and divers hit the pool at Georgia Tech to compete in the Georgia High School Association’s State Swimming & Diving Championship.
Senior Harrison Moncino and junior Owen Moncino set the bar high in the diving competition. A three-time All-American, Harrison brought home his third consecutive state-championship title with a score of 578.60 – 96 points ahead of the second-place finisher. Owen finished in fifth place with a score of 440.85, and the brothers’ high scores combined for a total of 42 points for the Knights.
The preliminary round of the swimming competition took place on Feb. 6, with eight Knights advancing to the Feb. 7 finals. For the girls, junior Grace Ferry competed in the 500 Free and 200 Free, finishing second and third, respectively. Junior Madison Graham brought home the fifth-place prize in the 100 Back and finished sixth in the 200 IM, breaking her previous school record. The 400 Free Realy team of junior Brenner Appel, Ferry, Graham and junior Anna VanZyverden finished fifth, setting a new school record. The same team swam the Medley Relay and placed eighth.
For the boys, freshman Connor LaMastra was first in the 500 Free B final, breaking the previous school record and placing 11th overall. LaMastra also swam the 200 IM and finished in 19th place. The 400 Free Relay team of seniors Mark Grenader and Cooper Drose, sophomore Alex Kaye and LaMastra set a new school record and placed 19th overall.
Out of the 125 teams competing in Classes A through AAAAA, the Pace boys finished in 19th place overall, while the girls were 10th. The girls beat out all other Class AA teams, and the boys were fourth in AA.