Hooch triplets ink with Dawgs

Kathy Cioffi

A set of triplets is on its way to the University of Georgia. Chattahoochee High School swimmers Jay, Kevin and Mick Litherland last week signed national letters of intent to join the Bulldogs.

Jay, a member of the United States National Junior Team in the individual medley events, was the bronze medalist in the 400- yard individual medley at the Junior Nationals in August. Kevin is a member of the United States National Junior Team in the 1500 free-style. He was the bronze medalist in the 1500 freestyle at the Junior Nationals. Mick was a finalist at the Junior Nationals in the 200 butterfly and the 400 individual medley. He has also been recognized as a Scholastic All-American. Chattahoochee finished runner-up to Parkview in Class AAAAAA last year and its next meet is on Dec. 7 against Milton and Northview.

“We are extremely excited about having these three young men join us,” Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said in a university press release. “They are all great swimmers, and they are highly thought of in the swimming world nationally. Each one is a talented young man, and they will have a profound effect on our program, particularly at the NCAAs level. They all had extremely successful summers, and they are all on their way up. I am looking forward to seeing what they do for Georgia and for themselves.”

St. Pius X is also sending two male swimmers to Georgia, as Gunnar Bentz and Basil Orr inked national letters of intent. Bentz owns six individual school records for the Golden Lions in freestyle, butterfly and medley events. He is part of three school-record relay teams, two of which also feature Orr (the 200 freestyle and the 400 freestyle).

As for in-water developments over the past week, Pope hosted the Greyhound Invite last Saturday and it swept the boys and girls meets. Sixteen schools participated in the event, but the Greyhounds had too much speed for all other competitors. The Pope girls edged runner-up Woodstock 452-439.5 while West Forsyth came in third with 426.5 points. Pope, Woodstock and West Forsyth also finished one-two-three on the boys’ side. The Greyhound boys won by a more comfortable margin of 452-284 in part due to the efforts of Tyler Garvey, who finished second in the 100 and 200 freestyle, swam the opening leg of a 200 freestyle relay win and paced his team to second in the 200 medley relay.

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