Moss breaks more records; ’Cats relay qualifies for state

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All four Bartow County high school swim teams competed in the Northwest Georgia Championship in Calhoun on Friday and Saturday.

Among the 16-team field, Woodland was the top team from Bartow County, placing sixth, while Adairsville placed ninth, Cass finished 12th and Cartersville came in 14th.

Adairsville freshman Rylee Moss was the only individual winner from Bartow County, and she won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.98 seconds, which was a school record, a pool record and improved her state qualifying time by over two seconds. She also finished first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 59.89 seconds, which was a school and pool record, and improved her state qualifying time by four seconds.

She swam four state qualifying times and now holds four pool records at Calhoun.

For the Adairsville boys, ​Johnathon Wilkes bettered his school record in the 200-yard freestyle with a fourth-place finish in a time of 2:03.43; Daniel Sullivan placed third in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:24.43 seconds; and Dylan Smith bettered his school record in the 100-yard backstroke with a third-place finish at 59.49 seconds. He also placed sixth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.3 seconds.

Wilkes, Sullivan, Smith and Jake Eberly combined to swim the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:56.86 for fifth place.

“Overall, we had a great meet,” Adairsville head coach Adam Joslin said. “We only took 19 swimmers due to injuries and other commitments. We were able to have 14 swimmers in the finals.”

Other point scorers for Adairsville included Cicily Flores, Katherine Sullivan, Isaac Ray, Chance Jones, Gillian Ballard, Ella Hendrix and Brantley Hughes.

For Woodland, the girls 200 freestyle relay team of Ashlyn Smith, Maddie Tuplin, Caliope Miron and Kera Lawhon placed fifth and qualified for state with a time of 1:52.65 for Woodland’s first state qualifying time of the year.

Meanwhile, the 200-yard medley relay team placed seventh, featuring Lyrica Miron, Virginia Peach, Maggie Monforte and Tuplin.

Monforte had a strong meet individually as she placed fifth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:12.14. Kera Lawhon added to Woodland’s point total as she placed fifth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:00.51. Also earning points for Woodland were Lyrica Miron with a seventh-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:12.98 and Caliope Miron in eighth with a time of 1:16.07. Ashlyn Smith was Woodland’s top finisher in the 100-yard breaststroke in sixth with a time of 1:20.13.

For the Woodland boys, Jacob Johnson placed seventh in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:21.48, while Skyler Palacios placed eighth in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:37.37.

For Cartersville, Paxton Thompson placed third in the girls diving competition. Teammates Sarah Myrick, Caroline Bagwell and Cameryn Wood placed sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively.

For Cass, Joseph Stoelzle was the team’s top points earner. He was on Cass’ ninth-place 200-yard medley relay team alongside Andrew Tziminatos, Trenton Lowery and Tyler Quarles. He also placed ninth in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle events.