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2010 All Americans
Liz Braun - 200 FR, 100 Fly
2009 All Americans
Liz Braun - 200 FR, 100 Fly
Kristine Polley - 200 IM, 100 Breast
Kristine Polley, Kim Zachensky, Liz Braun & Lindsey Jackson- 200 Medley Relay
2009 All County
1st Team - Liz Braun, Kristine Polley
2nd Team - Lindsey Jackson, Sue Zachensky, Stephan Blaze


Congratulations to Lindsey Jackson for her full athletic scholarship to Niagara University!


Congratulations to Kristine Polley for her full athletic scholarship to Florida State University!


2008 All Americans
Kristine Polley - 100 Breast, 200IM
200MR - Lindsey Jackson, Kristine Polley, Liz Braun, Lauren Vandiver
2008 All State
1st Team - Kristine Polley
2nd Team - Liz Braun, Lindsey Jackson, Lauren Vandiver
2008 All County
1st Team Swimming - Liz Braun, Kristine Polley
2nd Team Swimming - Lindsey Jackson
1st Team Diving - Mike Broe, Kevin Vonderohe
2007 All State
1st Team - Kristine Polley
Honorable Mention - Liz Braun, Lindsey Jackson, Kara Nester, Lauren Vandiver

Kristine and Dillon

All Wet

Wednesday, December 6, 2006 3:13 AM EST

MDJ Sports Writer

MARIETTA - It's safe to say that Sprayberry swimmers Dillon Connolly and Kristine Polley are going places even though they've been to many places already.

Connolly, a senior, is returning for his senior campaign with the Yellow Jackets after racking up two state titles last season in the 100-yard breaststroke (56.25) and the 200 individual medley (1:50.38). The 200 IM was Connolly's first of his high school career and has already garnered three titles in the breaststroke.

Polley, a sophomore, made her state debut last year in the same events as Connolly. She didn't win on her first try, but she claimed second place honors in the 200 IM with a time of 2:05.47 and settled for fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.02.

Both swimmers have high expectations this year, knowing they are strong contenders to win both Cobb County and the state meet in their respective events. Both are also expected to be role models for teammates to follow.

"They help in terms of giving our kids something to aspire to," Sprayberry coach Denise Danielson said. "It's aspiring (watching them swim) because (success) really can happen if you work hard enough at it."

Connolly, who has trained with the Marietta Marlins under Dr. Yit Aun Lim since he was seven, will be swimming for the University of Southern California next season. Connolly said he's anxious to swim for USC coach Dave Salo, who has already coached a long list of former Olympic medalists.

But first, he has business to take care of at Sprayberry.

"I'm shooting for that IM national record," Connolly said. "That's what I've been aiming for the whole time. The breaststroke national record is pretty (low), and it would be sweet to break, but I'm shooting for the 200 IM."

Polley, who was in Sports Illustrated as a 12-year-old for winning a gold medal at the Georgia Senior State meet, has made great strides since her freshman campaign.

She won the 200 breaststroke over the summer with a time of 2:31.86 at the Senior Sectionals in Athens, which was good enough to qualify her for the National Junior team. She will head to Hawaii with the team later this month for competition.

Polley isn't concerned about underachieving. She's optimistic about what she can accomplish this season and is looking forward to having a solid team around her.

Polley won the 200 freestyle relay last season in the Cobb County meet by less than a second with Lauren Vandiver, Kara Nester and Lindsey Jackson and will swim with the same threesome this season.

"I'm really excited because we have a girls team that is going to do really well," Polley said. "(Individually), I'm going to try my best, and hopefully, it will get me to where I want to be."

Excerpt from Marietta Daily Journal- January 19, 2007

Sprayberry could be a surprise team with plenty of experience returning. Kristine Polley is among the top swimmers in state and will be competing defending her IM and breaststroke titles from a year ago.

Other key swimmers for the Lady Yellow Jackets are Liz Braun (200 freestyle, butterfly) and Lauren Vandiver (500 freestyle)

Excerpt from Marietta Daily Journal Jan.20. 2007

Sprayberry's Dillon Connolly broke two county records in the IM and breaststroke. His new time in the IM is 1:50.59, breaking his previous time of 1:51.05. He broke his breaststroke record by half a second in 55.87.

"My IM was almost perfect. I died on the freestyle, but other than that, it felt good," Connolly said. "I'm glad I broke 56 (in the breaststroke). I'm glad I had a little speed. I was worried that I had more endurance

Adam Carrington Journalish

All-American List
As you all know, the 2006 NISCA All-American List was released in July. The list is also in this month's NISCA Journal.  For those who have not had a chance to check out the list, here are the Sprayberry Athletes on the list:

Swimming All-Americans

Dillon Connolly (Sprayberry) - 200yd Freestyle, 200yd IM, 50yd Freestyle, 100yd Freestyle & 100yd Breaststroke

Kristine Polley (Sprayberry) - 200yd IM & 100yd Breaststroke

Academic All-Americans

Rebecca Thorpe (Sprayberry) - 2006 Graduate

All-County 2006

First Team Swimmers- Dillon Connolly, Kristine Polley

 Diver- John Thorpe

Second Team Swimmers- Lauren Vandiver, Lindsey Jackson, JP Blaize