Weekend Sports Update: January 20-21

Coach Paglia, Coach Walker, Coach Payne and Mr. Zach Garrett
A recap of all of the athletics results from over the weekend.
Our RMA Eagle Swimming Team repeated as Hall County Champions this past Saturday at the Francis Meadows Aquatic Center. The swimmers performed above expectations, which contributed to a very lopsided victory, probably the largest point spread for the history of this meet between first place Riverside (345) and the runner-up, Gainesville High School (219). 
Some of the many highlighted outstanding performances were the following, who qualified for the GHSA State Championships that will be held the first weekend in February:
  • 200 yd Medley Relay – Yanxia Bu, John Lavelle, Gage Fletcher, Ryan Little
  • 200 yd Freestyle Relay – Cameron Nedza, Gage Fletcher, Garrett Dalley, Ryan Little
  • 400 yd Freestyle Relay – Andrew Okingo, Ryan Little, Garrett Dalley, Cameron Nedza
  • 100 yd breaststroke – John Lavelle
High School Results: 
1. Riverside Military Academy 345
2. Gainesville High School 219
3. Flowery Branch Falcons 157
4. North Hall High School 122
5. West Hall High School 49
6. Lakeview Academy 12
7. Chestatee High School 11
The RMA Middle Schoolers also swam their best performances, but they were overpowered by Chestatee, Gainesville, and Flowery Branch; our MS Eagles placed 4th. A noteworthy performance came from Wesley Paul who placed 1st in the 100yd freestyle and placed 2nd in two other events.  Riverside’s 200 yd freestyle relay placed 1st, the team of Nikita Novov, Jason Li, Michael Garrard and Carson Chapman.
Richard Oeser, an 8th grader, placed 2nd in one event, and 3rd in two events. We are very proud of our middle school swimmers, they well represented Riverside, and are the future of Eagle swimming.
Middle School Results:
1. Chestatee Middle School 142
2. Gainesville Middle School 135
3. Flowery Branch Falcons 129
4. Riverside Military Academy 109
5. North Hall Middle School 84
Go Eagles - Marc Paglia - Athletics Director and Head Swim Coach

RMA’s Rifle Team traveled to Tallulah Falls for their second match of the season. Team members are Nevan Segraves, Robert Schilling, Conor Brady, Robert Binder and Alex Hasselbrack.  Our team put forth a great effort and outperformed Tallulah Falls in all areas during the competition. The results were; from the prone position (RMA 381 – TF 379), the standing (RMA 349 – TF 321), and from the kneeling position (RMA 353- TF 346). The final score was RMA 1083-Tallulah Falls 1044. Top shooter for RMA with a score of 291 was Nevan Segraves. Our next match will be at North Forsyth High School on Thursday, January 25th, 2018. Our motto “Your next shot is your most important shot." Go Eagles - Coach Walker

RMA Wrestling had a great weekend of wrestling - On Friday, January 19th, we hosted Washington Wilkes and Pine Crest: RMA won both matches and middle school was able to participate and get some great matches in. On Saturday, January 20th, we traveled to Murray County High school and competed in four rounds. Round 1 – Championship Rat Tails, Round 2 – Championship Quarters, Round 3 – Consolation Rat Tails, Round 4 - Consolation and Finals. Out of the 11 teams competing, RMA finished in 5th place. Anthony Corcoran placed 2nd, Shinkwang Moon, Carter Sullivan, and Maksym Rabinovych placed 3rd, Emilio Fernandez and Isaiah Kraus placed 4th, Andrew Bauer, Matthew Davis, Matthew Jones and Armand Johnson placed 6th. We will travel to Habersham High School on January 24th for our next match, before starting our road to state this weekend. Go Eagles - Coach Payne

Indoor Track and Field
The indoor track meet hosted their first indoor meet of the season in the John L. Beaver Fieldhouse. Thanks to Coach Tim Cummings and our incredible maintenance team we continue to host Georgia’s only high school indoor track meet.
Here are some highlights from the event:
  • Charles Dimnwaobi won the 55m dash and the high jump
  • Eb Igbokwe took second in shot-put
  • Khalid Duke took second in the triple jump
  • Riverside took second in the 4x200m and the 4x400m
  • Stephen Aleandre took third in the high hurdles
Also, check out this video from the event: