Returning from a longer than usual break in the season, the Dawson County High School swim team was back in action on Jan. 14 for their first meet of 2020 in Adairsville, Ga.
Swimming against teams from Cass, Woodland and Southeast High Schools, the Tigers picked up where they left off at the end of 2019 with the men’s team clinching their second victory of the season. While the Lady Tigers posted an amazing series of personal bests as they continued to gain momentum for the final four meets of the year.
Head Coach Linda Sperin was impressed with her team’s performance, especially in light of the more than month long break between meets.
“Out of 25 individual swims we had 18 best times. We had between one second and 7 1/2 seconds of improvement” Sperin said. “And, out of four relays, one had a personal best cutting off 15 seconds. I am thrilled.”
Led by state qualifier Matthew Wood, a senior, who picked up individual gold medals in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke events, the Tigers tallied 51 points across 24 events narrowly winning out over Cass High’s to take their second win of the 2019-2020 season.
The Dawson County relay team consisting of Wood, junior Trystan Morris and sophomores Ian Bliss and Gracjan Jezerski, proved to be the difference in the closely fought contest as the four swimmers combined to snag silver medals in the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relay events.
Senior Kara Starr led the Lady Tigers with a personal best time of 30.57 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle to pick up an individual bronze. Sophomores Ainsley Allen and Ayla Miller followed closely behind her as both swimmers posted team points in the event.
Starr, Allen, Ainsley, along with fellow sophomore Jasmine Thompson also turned in a pair of bronze medal performances as the Lady Tigers relay team in the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle.
The overall performance of the Lady Tigers, combined with the first-place finish from the Tigers was enough to give the Dawson County swimmers their spot on the podium as the team captured an overall third-place finish in the meet.