Boys and Girls Take Swim and Dive Titles


Brian O'Dea, Staff Writer

The Western boys and girls swim and dive teams made a huge statement at the state meet this past week. The teams swept the titles behind some remarkable individual performances. The meet was headlined by multiple new state record marks set by Western swimmers.

August Lamb started the day by making a new state record in the 100 freestyle during the prelims. He went on to brake that mark later in the day during the championship race. He also broke the 200 freestyle record to reach the top of the podium in multiple individual events.

August was joined by Noah Hargrove, Jason Heilman, and Tyce Winter to take first in the 200 freestyle relay. Lamb and Hargrove swam with Stephane Karp and Peyton Wray as they took home gold in the 400 freestyle relay. Hargrove also won the 200 IM.

The divers did not disappoint at their meet on Thursday. The boys had three divers place inside the top five to win the championship . William Peritz finished second, Nate Hargrove got third, and Wade Donalson got fifth. On the girls side, Carey D’Atre finished third and Mia Donalson got fourth.

The girls team also had some impressive performances. Sophie O’Donnell, Maya Chatterson, Kathryn Burr, and Casey Phillips teamed up to earn a second place finish in the 400 freestyle relay.

This was the girls’ first title since 2016, where the boys also won. The boys have now won back to back state titles, and three out of the last four.