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Dawson County swimmers set 18 personal records in Savannah
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The Dawson County Tigers swim team in downtown Savannah on Jan. 12 after competing in the Savannah Country Day Invitational. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The Dawson County swim team traveled to Savannah on Jan. 11 to participate in the Savannah Country Day Invitational swim meet hosted by the Savannah Country Day School.

The invitational featured over 300 swimmers from 20 schools hailing from all four corners of Georgia and was far and away the largest event the Tigers have participated in this season.

“This was the biggest meet for us, by far. It was a great experience,” Head Coach Linda Sperin said. “We had 18 individual best times and two relays!”

State qualifier Matthew Wood led the way for the Tigers with a fifth-place finish (out of 22 swimmers) in the 100-yard butterfly while freshman swimmer Isabelle Kinsey shaved 13 seconds off of her 100-yard backstroke to finish eighth in a field of 31 swimmers.

The team’s most improved swimmer of the day was senior Frankie Muldoon, who cut her time in the 500-yard freestyle by a whopping 16 seconds.

Despite the incredible personal performances turned in by every member of the team, the competition was fierce and the Tigers placed ninth overall in the men’s’ bracket and fourteenth overall in the women’s’ bracket.

After their day in the pool the Tigers visited Tybee Island where six members of the team, led by Wiley Dennis, took part in a Polar Plunge by immersing themselves in the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Tigers were back in competition with a tri-meet hosted by Cass High School on Jan. 15.

Results were unavailable as of press time.