Dawson County swimmer Matthew Wood competed in the state swim meet at Georgia Tech Feb. 2-3.
Wood swam the 100 yard butterfly and finished 25th out of 36 on Friday, successfully making the finals to compete Saturday. The top 30 swimmers made it to the finals. He placed 11th out of 36 swimmers when he swam in the finals and placed first in his heat.
“I just focused on winning my heat. I wasn’t focused on my time,” said Wood. “I know my limits and I know that I pushed them.”
Wood swam his fastest 100 yard butterfly of all time, with a time of 53.53.
“I am very proud of Matthew for the great swim,” said Coach Linda Sperin.
The season has been a challenge for Wood as he has been dealing with a shoulder injury that has hindered his ability to swim with his year-round team. Still, despite the injury, the young swimmer was able to take home 11th in the state.
“My goal was to win and do my best,” said Wood. “I felt good with placing 11th. I always want to do better, but I was content.”