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Dawson County swim team brings home gold
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The Dawson County swim team traveled to Adairsville to take part in a tri-meet against the teams from Cass High School of Cartersville and Southeast Whitfield High School of Dalton on Jan. 14.

Riding the wave of success generated by their record-setting performance in Savannah the week prior, the Tigers captured a clean sweep of the event with first-place finishes in the boys’, girls’ and overall team categories in the day’s 24 events.

Junior Matthew Wood led the way for the Tigers on the boys’ side of the pool as he captured first place in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Seniors Will Mulberry and Devin Eichler scored gold medals of their own with wins in the 100-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle respectively.

Wood and Mulberry finished the day by combining with seniors Ethan Cameron and Garrett Perez to take the top prize in 200-yard freestyle relay.

A strong performance from sophomore Wiley Dennis, who posted three top-five finishes on the day, added to the Tigers total as they collected 64 points to take first place over Southeast Whitfield’s 57-point performance.

The Lady Tigers relied on a strong performance from freshman Ayla Miller, who delivered gold medal performances in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events, along with anchoring a first-place performance by the 200-yard freestyle relay team.

In addition to Miller’s three medal performance, the Lady Tigers struck gold with senior Frankie Muldoon’s win in the 500-yard freestyle and a first-place swim from the 400-yard relay team consisting of Muldoon and fellow senior Maggie Schandera along with junior Kara Starr and sophomore June Harmon.

Senior Lindsey LeBaron put together a solid day, finishing in the top five in each of her events, to push the Lady Tigers to a total of 60 points and a first-place finish over Cass High School.

Dawson County’s combined score of 124 points topped the final rankings of the tri-meet with Cass High School coming in as the runners-up with a score of 109 followed closely by Southeast Whitfield at 107.

The Tigers will not see action until Jan. 31 when they will travel to Darlington High School to take part in the final tri-meet of the season.