Lady Panthers rule the pool


Last weekend’s GHSA state swimming championships at Georgia Tech saw a number of exceptional performances from local athletes, highlighted by state titles in three events for the Starr’s Mill girls.

Donna Blaum, a senior, won the state crown in the 50 freestyle for the third straight year. Her time of 22.86 was just behind the state record of 22.69. She also placed fourth in the 100 butterfly after recording the fastest time in the preliminaries.

Blaum and three of her teammates – junior Kylee Bogumill, sophomore Allyson Phinney and freshman Hope Christensen – took first place in the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.

Individually, Bogumill finished eighth in the 200 free and tenth in the 100 free. Christensen came in fourth in the 100 breaststroke and eighth in the 100 freestyle.

Starr’s Mill finished third in the team standings for the A-AAAAA classifications, with 208.5 points behind Marist (219) and Chamblee (210).

The boys were ninth overall, with seventh-place finishes in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Nick Palmer was fourth in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle. Luke Presley came in tenth in the 100 breaststroke.

McIntosh got top-five individual performances from two swimmers. Marty Stange placed second in the 50 freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle, while Samantha Schmid garnered fifth place in the 50 freestyle. The Chiefs finished 15th in the boys’ standings.

Sandy Creek’s boys came in 17th overall. Gabe Bartolomei finished fifth in the 100 butterfly and sixth in the 100 backstroke.

Find complete results from the meet on the swimming page at