Walton's Sheppard perseveres despite illness

The senior had a temperature of 101 degrees last Friday, but rallied the next day to win the 50-meters freestyle and the 100 butterfly at the Cobb County championship meet. He was also a member of the 200 and 400 medley relay teams, which both finished first.

Also, Sprayberry's Liz Braun finished first in the 200 freestyle (1:51.76) and 100 butterfly (56.80), which are both All-America consideration times. Braun broke her own county record in the 100 butterfly and is the four-time county champion in the event.

Braun also had the Sprayberry records in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke.

Other swimming updates:

• Roswell's Julia Henkel finished the 200 individual medley in 2:05.99 to win the Fulton County championships, along with setting the school record in the event and earning All-America consideration. Henkel also set the Roswell mark in the 100 butterfly (58.04), which was good enough for second at the county meet.

• North Gwinnett's Eric Madden made some waves with his performance in the 100 butterfly at the Gwinnett County championships. Madden was clocked at 51.50 seconds to win the event, set the North Gwinnett record and make the cut for All-America status.

• Dacula brothers Chris and Michael Ragan are in a heated race to set the school record in the 50 freestyle. Chris, a senior, holds the mark after being clocked at 22.96 seconds earlier this season. Michael, only a freshman, is close at 22.97. The brothers also swim together on the record-breaking 200 relay team. Meanwhile, teammate Erik Schrum established the Dacula record in the 100 breast stroke at 1:06:52, bypassing James Campbell's 1999 time of 1:07.08.

• Wesleyan's Michael Reynolds recorded the school record in the 200 individual medley (1:57.87) to lead the Wolves to their first Metro Meet championship.

• North Springs freshman Scott Berry has a promising future. At the county meet, Berry finished fourth in the 100 backstroke at 55.87, which was a school record. He is the state's top freshman in the event by one second.


• Woodward Academy's Chad Pyke is 68-5 at 112 pounds, shattering the school record for freshman wins in a season (64). Said coach Pete Fritts, "He lives and breathes wrestling, is a ‘big match' wrestler, has won four tournaments this [year]."

• St. Francis senior Phillip Chung didn't give up after losing his opening match in the Southeast Prep Slam. He battled back to finish fifth at 152 pounds, including winning three matches in the last 30 seconds. Last weekend, he entered the Bowdon Invitational unseeded and pinned everyone he wrestled, including the No. 1 through 3 seeds, to win the tournament.

• Marist's Trey Nordone is 31-1 at 215 pounds and is undefeated against Georgia opponents.

• Centennial's Derek Enriquez won both the North Metro Invitational and Crossbone Classic to improve his record to 45-7 at 140 pounds.

• Peachtree Ridge's Michael Chapman finished first in the North Metro Invitational. The junior compiled a 31-4 record at 171 pounds.

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