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Swim team finishes second season
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Clay Boyer and Garrett Perez prepare to race last week as the Dawson County High School swim team finished up its second season. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The Dawson County High School swim team finished up its second season last week when the team traveled to Darlington and Cumming for its final meets.

Senior swimmer Rustin Howell swam his fastest 100-yard backstroke.

During the Jan. 26 event at Darlington, DCHS competed against Darlington, Cartersville and Cass High School. Howell finished his race at 1 minute, 31 seconds.

"I am really going to miss my three seniors," said Coach Linda Sperin. "It has been great having them for two years."

On Jan. 28, the team participated in the Rock N Relay at the Cumming Aquatic Center with 11 teams and 270 swimmers.

All of the events were relays and the team was able to compete in a number of races, according to Sperin.

"The boys had a lot of fun and it was a great way to end the regular season," she said.

Four of the team members swam the 200-yard butterfly relay, the 200-yard breast stroke relay and the 200-yard kick board relay.

"All boys swam in the 8 x 25 yard free relay and that was fun because there isn't a race for just a 25-yard swim," Sperin said. "The boys also swam the 200-yard medley and the 200-yard free relays and those are in the regular meets as well."

Freshman swimmer Matthew Wood will compete in the state preliminaries on Feb. 3 at Georgia Tech.

Wood qualified in three individual events, but swimmers can only participate in two.

He will be racing in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard backstroke though he also qualified in the 100-yard butterfly.

The finals for the top 10 in each event will be held on Feb. 4, also at Georgia Tech.

Sperin said that any eighth through 11th graders who might be interested in swimming next year can contact her directly at lsperin@dawson.k12.ga.us.