Mill Creek wins region title


The Mill Creek High School girls swim team hoists the trophy at the West Gwinnett Aquatic Center on Jan. 26. Heidi Creed/For the Paper.

All season long, Head Coach Rick Creed has said Brookwood High School is the team standing in the way of his Hawks team winning a region title.

Now, the Broncos will have to do all the worrying as the Hawks put a halt to their charge at the Gwinnett County Swimming Championship meet this past weekend.

“I knew we were going to be very competitive and I knew it would be a close meet. I knew we could compete with them,” said Creed. “I told our kids that a lot of the success would depend on how we did in prelims. I thought if we swam well Friday [during the prelims], we would put ourselves in a good position on Saturday.”

Much of the Hawks success was resting on how well they did in the preliminaries. A top 10 finish in the prelims was needed to be seeded comfortably for the final round.

“You have to perform well each step of the way. It does put pressure on the kids to perform in prelims. Our kids did a really great job,” said Creed. “I told them before the meet that we needed everyone to step up. We were not going to be successful if we looked to just a handful of girls to do it for us. Everyone had to contribute and everyone did.”

“When I looked at the results at the end of the weekend, every girl did their personal best time of the year. That’s pretty remarkable. It was a tremendous effort from the entire team,” Creed stated.

Mill Creek surpassed many expectations by winning in dramatic fashion. What was expected to be a close finish turned out to be a 120-point margin of victory.

The Broncos didn’t come close to defending their region title. Creed said he refused to keep up with the score throughout the meet because he wanted his team to stay hungry and not grow content.

“We only had two first-place finishes in the entire meet. We had a diver that won and we won the 200 freestyle relay which was huge for us; however, we had a lot third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place finishes and that was the difference between Brookwood and us. We had more top 10 finishes than they did,” stated Creed.

Next up is the state meet which will be held at Georgia Tech on Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. Brookwood will be the usual suspect for the Hawks to overcome – along with 60 to 70 other teams.

“Hopefully with our depth, we can be competitive. We try to overwhelm them with numbers,” said Creed.