The Athens High School swim and dive team continued to have early season success in its first home meet of the year this Saturday against Class 4A Pine Tree.

The AHS girls took down the Pirates for their second win of the season in convincing fashion.

The Lady Hornets started things off right with a win in the 200 medley and never looked back as they went on to win 10 out of 12 events including all three relays. On a number of occasions they went 1-2 in several events. By the time the water cleared the girls had accumulated 125 points to Pine Tree’s 94.

The AHS girls were led by seniors Emily Endres, who won both the 200 and 400 freestyles, and Tess Haynie, who won the 100 free, junior captain Stephanie Sims, who won the 50 free, Shaun Julian, winner of the 200 IM and 100 back, and Dyann Hopkins, winner of the 100 breast.

The AHS boys were not as fortunate as they finished just behind Pine Tree.

Senior Cory Goodrich started things off well with another first place finish in diving, while junior Cody Robson took home first place finishes in his two events, the 100 fly and 100 breast.

“We came out and really swam well today,” AHS head coach Jonathan Mayer said. “I’m very pleased with how our team performed, we suffered through a bit of adversity at the beginning but they showed a lot of character as they overcame this to finish strong.

"We now have to start preparing for our third meet at Nacogdoches next Saturday. We’ll see a tough Nacogdoches squad; last year’s district champion, for the second time this year and several other solid teams here."

The Hornets will travel to Nacogdoches Saturday to compete at the annual Dragon Invitational.

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