Lassiter’s Yoder caps career with four titles
by Adam Carrington
February 10, 2013 12:52 AM | 4392 views | 2 2 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
While the Lassiter boys fell short in their bid for a state championship, it wasn’t the fault of Jimmy Yoder. The Stanford-bound senior had a sensational end to his high school career, playing a role in four state titles of his own — two individually and two more with relay teams.
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While the Lassiter boys fell short in their bid for a state championship, it wasn’t the fault of Jimmy Yoder. The Stanford-bound senior had a sensational end to his high school career, playing a role in four state titles of his own — two individually and two more with relay teams.
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ATLANTA — The Lassiter boys had a record-setting performance in the Class AAAAAA state championships Saturday at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, but they couldn’t grab that state title they strived for.

Despite setting new state-meet lows in the 400-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly, and Jimmy Yoder playing a part in four state titles of his own, the Trojans had to settle for third place with 211 points, behind Parkview (234) and Chattahoochee (226).

Walton was the only other top-10 finisher from Cobb County, taking eighth with 123 points.

Lassiter not having a top-notch breaststroker seemed to be the issue. The Trojans were in second place going into the 100 breaststroke, the penultimate event of the meet, but their lack of swimmers in the discipline dropped them to third.

Parkview, meanwhile, capitalized on the breaststroke, with its swimmers finishing second, fourth and ninth — accounting for 41 points toward the Panthers’ score.

Lassiter missed breaststrokers in last year’s state meet, and it had to settle for second to the same Parkview team.

“The breaststroke is our Achilles’ heel,” Lassiter coach Lauren Barnes said.

Still, the Trojans succeeded just about everywhere else.

Yoder, a Stanford signee, ended an impeccable high school career by winning the 100 butterfly with a new record time of 48.16 seconds. He later joined with Zach Bunner, Daniel Bridgers and Zach Marshall to clinch the 400 freestyle relay with a record time of 3:06.12.

The same foursome nearly broke another record in its 200 freestyle relay victory (1:24.87), missing the state record by .02 seconds.

In Yoder’s 100 butterfly win, he took charge from the start, beating Harrison’s Connor Oslin by nearly 2 seconds.

“This feels awesome,” Yoder said. “Stuff like this is what working as a team is all about. We’ve been working and grinding all year, and it’s finally showing as a team.”

Yoder also locked up the state title in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:37.49. He jumped in front after the takeoff and was ahead by a body’s length halfway through the race.

Bunner, who will be swimming at Virginia next fall, also was a two-time state champion for Lassiter.

He entered the 200 individual medley as the sixth seed, and rallied to win it in 1:50.51. He gained a body’s length over his competition in the backstroke leg and held off Parkview’s Geoffrey Parker in the freestyle leg to win by .30 seconds.

Other key performances for Lassiter were Bridgers’ sixth-place finish in the 50 freestyle (21.56) and Marshall taking sixth in the 100 freestyle (47.31).

On the diving board, Jack Bentley took sixth for Lassiter with 324.45 points. He had stiff competition from Parkview’s Ben Warren, who won with 349.25 points, and Campbell’s David Bullock, who was second (340.10).

Walton produced stronger results this season after two disqualifications in the relays took it out of the top 10 a year ago.

The Raiders were fourth in the 200 medley (1:36.92), ninth in the 400 freestyle (3:12.56) and 12th in the 200 freestyle (1:30.18).

Nathan Hufnagel led Walton individually by taking third in the 100 breaststroke (57.68) and fourth in the 200 IM (1:52.11). Jack Gunning was fifth in the 500 freestyle (4:33.99) and took sixth in the 200 freestyle (1:41.86).


Pope had difficulty getting swimmers into the Saturday’s finals of the Class A-AAAAA meet had had to settle for 22nd overall.

Dalton clinched the title with 192 points, while Westminster was second (173).

Landon Bennett was solid for Pope in the distance events, finishing fourth in the 500 freestyle (4:44.38) and 11th in the 200 freestyle (1:47.53).

Pope’s 400 freestyle relay team was 13th (3:24.29).

Kell’s divers helped solidify its 23rd-place showing. Freshman Anthony Musciano (third) and Austin Rives (fifth) produced all-American scores of 419.80 and 393.95 points, respectively.

North Cobb Christian was 46th overall, led by Matthew Clark’s 11th-place finish in the 500 freestyle (4:51.51) and 16th-place time in the 200 freestyle (1:48.73).
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Susan Midol
February 11, 2013
Congratulations Jimmy!!!!

You are the man.
February 10, 2013
Not well written. Your title implies Yoder did this alone. Yoder won 2 individual races, as did Bunner.(You never even bothered to say the second race that Bunner won...the 100 Back). Relays are made up of FOUR people. Those relay wins are group efforts. Also, you say, "state-meet lows". Bridgers, Bunner, Marshall and Yoder BROKE A STATE RECORD in the 400 Free Relay. What about Walton boys' 4th place in the Medley Relay? Kennesaw Mountain and Harrison should have been given a better write up. It's hard to make top 16 let alone win an event. Better to take time and write an article that is not so slanted toward one individual. Action shots have always been the same for years now.
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