Recap The First Day of the AHSAA Swimming & Diving Championships

Auburn, AL – The 64th edition of the AHSAA State Swimming and Diving Championships made a splash on Friday at Auburn University’s James E. Martin Aquatics Center. The event was kick-started by the diving competition, where four students emerged as individual champions, setting the tone for the remainder of the championships.
Mae Elliott, a junior from UMS-Wright, Reagan Costello, a senior from St. Paul’s Episcopal, Isaac Whetstone, a sophomore from St. John Paul II Catholic, and Cooper Brechman, a junior from Fairhope, each clinched individual titles in their respective divisions.

Elliott gave her school, UMS-Wright, a substantial head start, earning 20 points towards the 1A/5A girls’ state title with a remarkable diving score of 349.90. Her senior teammate, Jillian Ngando, followed suit, bagging the runner-up spot with a commendable total of 230.50, contributing an additional 17 points to the team’s tally.

In the 6A/7A girls’ diving championship, Costello stood atop the podium with a score of 357.90. Lanie Salvail, a junior from Grissom, came in second with a score of 321.65.

On the boys’ side, Whetstone secured the top spot in the 1A/5A class with a score of 347.55. Michael Helton, a senior from John Carroll Catholic, trailed closely behind with a score of 324.95. In the 6A/7A division, Brechman dominated the pool with the highest score of the day across all classes – an impressive 404.65. Grissom’s freshman, Casey Sapp, clinched the second spot with a score of 355.60.

Following the diving competition, preliminary races for the swimming competition took place. The highlight of these prelims was the 200-yard medley relay team from Huntsville, who shattered the state record in their event. They will have the opportunity to further improve their time in the finals on Saturday.

The championships will conclude with the swimming finals scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The NFHS Network will live stream all racing finals, with veteran broadcaster Jerry Young providing commentary.

at James E. Martin Aquatics Center, Auburn University

Name                                                    Yr.    Semis                 Finals Score
Mae Elliott, UMS-Wright                       Jr.      231.20                  349.90       
Jillian Ngando, UMS-Wright                 Sr.     136.75                  230.50
Caroline Cofield, Boaz                         Fr.     155.45                  222.15
Lilly King, St. John Paul II Catholic      7th     152.80                  208.15
Emerson Barnett, UMS-Wright            Fr.     120.90                  184.05

CLASS 6A/7A (Top 5)
Name                                                   Yr.      Prelim              Finals Score
Regan Costella, St. Paul’s Episcopal   Sr.     255.10                  357.09
Lanie Salvail, Grissom                          Jr.      221.15                  321.65
Lucy Benoit, Hoover                             Jr.      223.80                  315.35
Natalie Devoll, Oak Mountain               Sr.     216.50                  290.10
Laurel Hunter, James Clemens            So.    220.95                  286.10

Name                                                    Yr.    Prelim             Finals Score
Isaac Whetstone, St. John Paul II        So.    246.30                 347.55                 
Michael Helton, John Carroll Cath.       Sr.     224.55                 324.95
Harrigan Weston, UMS-Wright             Sr.     220.30                  322.60
Matthew Johnson, Whitesburg Chr.     Sr.     180.65                  265.25
John M. Taylor, Whiteburg Chr.            8th     176.70                  241.80

CLASS 6A/7A (Top 5)
Name                                                 Yr.    Prelim                  Finals Score
Cooper Brechman, Fairhope               Jr.      285.55                  404.65
Casey Sapp, Grissom                          Fr.     238.05                  355.60
Cole Hopkins, Huntsville                      Fr.     216.90                  316.20
Lincoln Benner, Northridge                  Fr.     188.15                  260.80
Parker Wright, James Clemens           Sr.     179.20                  248.25

Cover Photo: St. Paul’s Episcopal senior Reagan Costello dives her way to the 6A/7A girls’ individual AHSAA state title Thursday at Auburn University. (AHSAA PHOTOS | David Holtsford)

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