Forget the rest of Georgia's prep swimmers if they were a little confused at the state meet.
According to Georgia High School Association rules, swimmers can only participate in four events per meet -- two relays and two individual competitions -- and yet the same Chattahoochee (Alpharetta, Ga.) High senior seemed to win seven of the 11 swimming events at the Class 6A state championships.
That's because the Cougars featured University of Georgia-bound triplets Jay, Kevin and Mick Litherland, who set three state records on their way to eight medals at the Class 6A state meet. The trio produced 197 of Chattahoochee's 218 points on their way to a runner-up team finish (h/t SwimSwam.com via MaxPreps).
Of course, they're not quadruplets, so the Litherlands had to combine with teammate Jacob Rubin to set state relay records in the 200-meter medley (1:34.00) and 400-meter freestyle (3:04.08). In the medley, Mick swam the butterfly, Kevin swam the backstroke, Jay swam the breastroke and Rubin finished in freestyle.
Meanwhile, the triplets took home five individaul gold medals and a silver. Jay dominated the 100-meter breastroke with a state-record time of 55.84 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 48.38 seconds. Kevin captured the 200 freestyle in 1:37.36 and 500 free in 4:22.91. And Mick won the 100 butterfly in 49.40 seconds and placed second in the 200 individual medley -- just 0.29 seconds shy of a full Litherland sweep.
Cue someone at Wrigley's furiously pitching a Triplemint Gum commercial.
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