The Raiders Swim & Dive ended their season this past weekend at the 2019 GHSA State Championship. The meet was highlighted by sophomore Hailey Galbraith, who won the state title in the 50 free and also took home a silver medal in the 100 butterfly. Galbraith becomes just the 2nd North Forsyth swimmer to win an individual state title, joining Jack Dalmolin who won the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke back in 2017. Her time of 23.74 broke her own school record and she also broke her own school record in the 100 butterfly earlier this year at the Forsyth County Championship.
The Raiders also had several other great performances from the meet. On Thursday, senior diver Nate Debruyn got the meet started off by placing 11th overall in the state. Nate ended his fantastic career by becoming the only diver in North history to qualify for state all 4 years. Nate also leaves North as the school record holder in the 6 & 11 dive format.
On Friday, the Raiders had some great prelim swims. Alex Gonzalez qualified for A final in the 100 backstroke and shattered his own previous school record (52.06) with a time of 50.69. He also qualified for B final in the 200 free. Hunter Galbraith qualified for C final in the 50 free and swam a time of 21.92 narrowly missing the school record (21.89). Logan Cornelison joined Hunter in the C final of the 50 free as well as qualifying for the C final in the 100 free. Will Riley joined Gonzalez, Galbraith, and Cornelison on the 200 medley and 200 free relays that both qualified for B finals. The boys 200 medley relay also broke the school record earlier this year at the Forsyth County Championships. Ending prelims on Friday for the boys was senior Connor Ramey, who anchored the boys 400 free relay and earned a personal best time in the final swim of his career.
Along with Hailey, Maryann Story joined in on the finals action by qualifying for the C final in the 500 free, just missing the school record for the 2nd year in a row. Also swimming in prelims were seniors Taryn Mahoney & Ainsley Triche, who swam their final individual races of their high school careers on Friday night. The Lady Raiders also brought back 2 relays for finals on Saturday (200 medley & 200 free). Triche, Mahoney, Galbraith, & Story led the 200 medley to a C final. Mahoney & Galbraith joined up with junior Abby Doedens & freshman Bella Landis on the 200 free relay for prelims and swam a time of 1:44.90 breaking the school record from this years County Championship. However, a relay change was made for finals that put Triche and Story back on the relay for finals and the record was broken yet again on Saturday night in a time of 1:43.20.
Overall the boys finished 13th & the girls finished 22nd in the 7A classification.
Below are the final rankings for each swimmer that participated in the 2019 GHSA State Championship:
Boys 200 Medley Relay- 9th (Alex Gonzalez, Hunter Galbraith, Logan Cornelison, Will Riley)
Girls 200 Medley Relay- 26th (Ainsley Triche, Taryn Mahoney, Hailey Galbraith, Maryann Story)
Boys 200 Free Relay- 10th (Logan Cornelison, Will Riley, Alex Gonzalez, Hunter Galbraith)
Girls 200 Free Relay- 17th (Taryn Mahoney, Ainsley Triche, Maryann Story, Hailey Galbraith) (Prelims- Bella Landis & Abby Doedens)
Boys 400 Free Relay- 46th (Owen Brubaker, Jonah Wagner, Matthew Luther, Connor Ramey)
Girls 400 Free Relay- 41st (Madison Winship, Hayden Whittington, MC Thompson, Kenzie Wilder)
200 free- Alex Gonzalez (6th), Maryann Story (54th)
200 IM- Taryn Mahoney (5oth)
50 free- Hailey Galbraith (1st), Hunter Galbraith (12th), Logan Cornelison (16th)
100 butterfly- Hailey Galbraith (2nd)
100 free- Logan Cornelison (20th)
500 free- Maryann Story (24th), Will Riley (34th), Owen Brubaker (72nd)
100 back- Alex Gonzalez (6th), Ainsley Triche (66th)
100 breaststroke- Hunter Galbraith (33rd), Taryn Mahoney (34th), Will Riley (62nd), Ainsley Triche (64th)
New School Records:
Hailey Galbraith 50 free- 23.74
Hailey Galbraith 100 butterfly- 56.21
Alex Gonzalez 100 backstroke- 50.69
Nate Debruyn 11 dive- 390.20
Boys 200 Medley Relay- 1:37.17 (Alex Gonzalez, Hunter Galbraith, Logan Cornelison, Will Riley)
Girls 200 Free Relay- 1:43.20 (Taryn Mahoney, Ainsley Triche, Maryann Story, Hailey Galbraith)