The AquaKnights showed up ready to compete at the GHSA State Championship. The three-day event started Feb. 1 with the diving competition. Freshman Lizzy Kaye brought home a first-place finish, becoming the A-AAA state champion with a new 11-dive Pace record and an All-American Consideration performance.
Feb. 2 brought the AquaKnights' state swimming qualifiers to the blocks during prelims. All three Pace girls relays advanced to the finals, swimming their best times of the season; two of the boys relays qualified for the finals. Both sophomore Erin Hood and junior Charlie Kaye easily made it to the finals of their individual races, seeded in the top 10.
During the finals on Feb. 3, the AquaKnights didn't disappoint. The boys medley relay of Henry Berman, C. Kaye, Jason Rosenbloum and Carter Frooman led off the night placing 10th. The girls medley team of Sophie Ferry, Hood, Amalie Little and Elizabeth Marr finished in third place. Hood took the pool in the 200 IM and finished 10th in the state with a personal-best time. C. Kaye's first individual event was the 100 Free, in which he finished second as state runner-up with a new Pace record.
The boys 200 Free relay was up next, and the team of C. Kaye, Jackson Hamel, Rosenbloum and Frooman finished in ninth place. The girls 200 Free relay of Melanie Crawford, L. Kaye, Elizabeth Marr and Catherine Sweeney also swam its best time and came in strong with a seventh-place finish. The third girls relay, the 400 Free, also finished in seventh place with four personal-best splits from Meghan McMillin, Crawford, Sweeney and Hood.
In Hood's final individual event, the 100 Breaststroke, she swam one of her best times to finish in third place. C. Kaye competed in the 100 Backstroke, in which he became a state champion and set a new Pace record. He finished his junior season with a state championship and a total of 11 Pace records on the board.
Out of 31 girls teams and 39 boys teams in the Class A-AAA championship, the AquaKnights made Pace proud, with the girls placing fourth and the boys placing 11th. The season ends with five new records, an All-American Consideration and two state champions.