Huntsville High School boys capture state swimming title

Photo by Elizabeth Hinely

Photo by Elizabeth Hinely

AUBURN – For the second straight year, the Huntsville High School boys captured the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s state swimming and diving championship in the two-day event on the Auburn University campus.

The HHS boys took the title with 261 points in the James E. Martin Aquatic Center. Madison County rival Bob Jones finished second with 234 points followed by McGill-Toolen 204 and Auburn 193.

In the girls meet, Auburn won the girls title with 239.2 points followed by Athens with 154, McGill-Toolen 145.4 and Huntsville High 140.

“It was quite exciting to win back to back,” Huntsville High School coach Allison Brol said. “We are very excited for our boys this year, and we are looking forward to seeing what next season for our girls team. They look promising.”

A total of five state records were set in the girls competition and four in the boys’ division. The Athens girls 200-yard freestyle relay team of Kobie Melton, Lindsey Martin, Ellen Haapoja and Mallory Underwood set a new state record with a time of 1:38.50. The Bob Jones boy 200-yard freestyle relay team of Derek Sander, Chris Burrows, Andrey Tretyakov and Zach Harting also set a new time of 1:25.84.

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