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Luella boys swimmers pose for a photo at an early-season meet.

The high school swimming and diving season is off a nice start for Henry County programs, who have experienced early-season success along with a rise in participation among boys swimmers.

Luella kicked off the 2020-21 season by continuing its astonishing streak of 42 straight meets of breaking at least one school record. The Lions made it 41 in a row in a Nov. 7 meet at Clarksville — which saw the debut of their three boys swimmers, Jmar Taylor, Raleigh Holzman and Siraj Frieraon — extended it to 42 straight in a Nov. 21 meet at Adairsville.

Ola qualified teams for state in both the 200-yard medley and 200 freestyle relays in Adairsville, while Kendall Washo made state cuts in both the 100 backstroke and the 50 free. Teammate Emma Leonard also made state in the 100 back.

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Dutchtown’s Nora Ratmeyer qualified for state in the 100 butterfly and the 500 free.

Union Grove’s girls took third among 26 teams at the meet with Ola, Dutchdown and Locust Grove also finishing in the top 10 among 26 schools. Woodland, Stockbridge, Luella and Eagle’s Landing finished in the top 20.

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