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Pace Academy’s Harrison Moncino Wins State Diving Title, Girls Swimming Sixth

Pace Academy's Owen Moncino (left) and his brother, Harrison Moncino (right). Harrison is the 2014 GHSA State Diving Champion. Owen placed fifth in the state.
Pace Academy's Owen Moncino (left) and his brother, Harrison Moncino (right). Harrison is the 2014 GHSA State Diving Champion. Owen placed fifth in the state.
The Pace Academy varsity swimming and diving teams had a record-setting weekend at the GHSA State Championships Feb. 7-9. In a field of 44 schools, the girls team finished sixth in the state, while the boys finished 22nd.

On the diving board, junior Harrison Moncino successfully defended his 2013 state championship with a score of 573.65. He ran away with the title – his closest competitor nearly 90 points behind. Moncino received all nines on his first dive and ripped the hardest dive of the competition, an inward two-and-a-half somersault that brought the house down.

Moncino, a two-time All-American, has broken all Pace diving records and is undefeated with the exception of a second-place finish in the 2012 state championship, which, as a freshman, he lost by only 25 points to a senior.

Moncino’s brother, sophomore Owen Moncino, finished in fifth place with a score of 413.20, his strongest meet ever. Both boys’ state competitions will be submitted for 2014 All-American consideration.

In the pool, the Pace girls’ sixth-place finish put them ahead of all other Class A and AA teams, a feat they accomplished last year as well. The Knights’ 200-medley relay team (senior Gwynnie LaMastra and sophomores Brenner Appel, Grace Ferry and Madison Graham) took third place in the event and set a new school record (1:48.10). The same team swam another school record in the 400-freestyle relay (3:39.35) and placed sixth in the state. 

All four girls had exceptional individual races. LaMastra finished her illustrious Pace career in record fashion; she swam four finals races and set four school records. She took fourth in the 100 breaststroke with an All-American consideration time of 1:04.85. This is the second consecutive year that LaMastra has finished in the top five in the state in this event and the fourth time she competed in the state championships in this event. She also swam the 200 individual medley in a record 2:09.93 and finished ninth in the state.

In the 200 free, Ferry finished fifth (1:52.24), breaking the previous school record, and she was sixth in the 500 free. Ferry has finished in the top 10 in the state in both races for two years.

In the 200 individual medley, Graham finished 13th in the state with a time of 2:10.83, a school record. She continued her record-setting ways in the 100 backstroke (57.56), taking fifth place while lowering her school record by more than two seconds. Graham has finished in the top 10 in the state in this event for two years.

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