Dalton High boys swimming and diving team wins second state title in three years

The members of the Dalton High School boys swimming and diving team are champions — again.

For the second time in three years, the team won a state title, this time edging out Alpharetta High School (445 points to 411 points) on Saturday night to win the Georgia High School Association 6A swimming and diving championship. The meet was held Thursday to Saturday at The McAuley Aquatic Center on Georgia Tech’s campus in Atlanta.

In all, the team had a combined seven first-place finishes (either individual or team events).

On the championship night, the Catamounts 200-medley relay team set a state record. The foursome of Oscar Chenard, Henry Bethel, Ross Emilio Valdez and Jack Forthman combined to finish the event in 1:32.25. The previous record of 1:32.30 was set by The Westminster Schools in 2016.

The Dalton boys won the state swimming and diving championship in 2018, but came up short last season finishing second to Johns Creek High School.

Dalton team members are:

• Jake Barnes (diver)

• Jayden Bearden

• Henry Bethel

• Oscar Chenard

• Jack Forthman

• Charlie McClurg (diver)

• Daniel Melgarejo

• Matthew Shaheen

• Patrick Calderon-Schuler

• Bruno Valdez

• Roman Valdez

• Ross Emilio Valdez

• Orrin Withrow

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