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Swimming team rises to challenge at Rome meet
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Traveling to Rome for the second time in two weeks, the Dawson County swim team took part in their third meet of the season on Nov. 29 at a tri-meet hosted by the Wolves of Rome County High School and attended by the Cartersville Hurricanes.

Over the course of the days 24 events it became apparent that the strength of Dawson County was in their relay teams as the quartet of Logan Starr, Garret Perez, Matthew Wood and Will Mulberry posted the team’s highest finish of the day with a second place finish in the boy’s 200-yard medley and went on to post a scoring finish in the 200-yard freestyle.

Wood continued his standout performance as an individual swimmer as he posted his second state qualifying time in the 100-yard butterfly and a second place finish in the 100-yard backstroke. Wiley Dennis (500-yard freestyle) and Mulberry (100-yard freestyle) rounded out the team’s points with scoring performances in each of their individual events.

The girls’ relay team, consisting of Lindsey LeBaron, Kara Starr, Grace Shippey and Ayla Miller led the way for the Lady Tigers with scoring finishes in their two events of the day: the 200-yard medley and the 200-yard freestyle.

Strong individual races from Miller in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle and scoring performances from Starr and senior Frankie Muldoon completed the scoring for the girls’ team.

At the end of the day, the championship-caliber team fielded by Rome High School overwhelmed their competition and won the meet handily with an overall final score of 304 points.