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Strong showing for Tigers swimmers in Darlington
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Coach Linda Sperin works with members of the Dawson County swim team at practice on Nov. 12. - photo by Bob Christian

The Dawson County High School swimming team showed signs of improvement as they participated in their second competition of the season in an invitational hosted by Darlington High School just before the Thanksgiving break on Nov. 15.

Despite warm water conditions and a long day of competition the Tigers saw their times improve in the individual races and in their relay swims.

“The new swimmers are feeling better, faster and more confident,” said Head Coach Linda Sperin. “Rachel (Rajczak) swam in her first meet and did a good job in the relays.”

Leading the way for the Tigers were Will Mulberry and Wiley Dennis as they captured third and fourth place in the 500 yard freestyle and contributed, along with fellow swimmers Garret Perez and Matthew Wood, to a scoring finish in the 200 yard medley relay and 400 yard freestyle relay.

Wood also posted the team’s top finish of the day with his third place run in the 100 yard butterfly.

Ayla Miller added points with her time of 1:15.9 in the 100 yard freestyle and pushed the Lady Tigers relay team (consisting of her, Kara Starr, Lindsey LeBaron and Anna Mulberry) to respectable finishes in both the 200 yard freestyle and medley relays.

Ultimately the day belonged to the Calhoun High School Yellow Jackets as their team scored points in every one of the 24 events on the day.

“Our times weren’t too good overall,” Sperin said. “The water was warm and the meet was long but I told them that’s all part of it.”

The team will head back to Rome for their third event of the season on Nov. 29.