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Tiger swimmers continue to improve times
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Garrett Perez swims the 100-yard backstroke and took second place at 1:31.76. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The Dawson County High School swim team had what Coach Linda Sperin called a great showing during its tri-meet at Adairsville High School last week with multiple swimmers taking first place in their events and many shaving several seconds off their previous best times.

The team competed on Dec. 5 against swimmers from Cass High School and Southeast Whitfield High School.

“I am very proud of my swimmers,” Sperin said. “Their times are dropping and their strokes are improving. 

“We were down three swimmers at this meet because of prior obligations, but the rest of the team stepped up and did what needed to be done.”

Sophomore swimmer Matthew Wood, who has already qualified for state, took first place in the 200-yard individual medley at 2 minutes, 30.78 seconds and in the 100 butterfly at 59.86.

Carter Rexroat earned a first place finish in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:33.27. 

Garrett Perez swam to a second place finish in the 100 breaststroke at 1:31.76.

Two of the boys relay teams took second place in their respective events. In the 200 yard medley relay, Nathan Frazier, Perez, Wood and Will Mulberry were second out of five teams at 2:14.54.

In the boys 200 yard free relay, Hayden Starr, Perez, Frazier and Mulberry took second with a time of 2:06.81.

Mulberry and Frazier also finished third and fourth respectively in the 50 yard freestyle out of 18 swimmers.

Mulberry’s time of 28.13 was 6 seconds faster than his time just three weeks ago while Frazier managed to cut his time by 2.5 seconds to 28.7. 

Also finishing the 50-yard freestyle were Perez at 29.08 and Hayden Starr at 36.29.

“Will Mulberry has improved so much in the last month,” Sperin said. “He is a great kid and works so hard. Mulberry’s leg of the 200 medley relay was a 50 free and his split for that was 27.93. That was awesome.”

In the 100-yard freestyle, Mulberry took third out of 14 swimmers at 1:04.28. Frazier was fifth in that event at 1:13.13 while Hayden Starr finished at 1:30.87.

On the girls side, Kara Starr took sixth out of 34 swimmers in the 50-yard freestyle with her fastest time yet at 35.25. She improved 10 seconds on her previous time.

Grace Shippey swam the 50 free in 46.93, a full 3 seconds faster than in the previous meet. 

The team will swim again tomorrow at Darlington High School.