Moss' top-5 finishes highlight Bartow swimmers at state meet


Adairsville senior swimmer Rylee Moss ended her storied high-school career with a pair of fourth-place finishes in the Class A-3A division during Saturday's finals at the McAuley Aquatic Center at Georgia Tech.

Moss placed fourth in both the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard butterfly. She better her preliminary times in each event, dropping 3.13 seconds in the IM for a finish of 2 minutes, 8.10 seconds. In the fly, Moss cut just more than a second off her prelims to finish in 56.81 seconds.

Adairsville teammate Harper Powell finished 11th in the girls 50-yard freestyle in 24.95 seconds. The sophomore dropped nearly half-a-second from her time in Friday's prelims.

Moss, Powell, sophomore Mallory Cook and freshman Kayleigh Rice teamed up in the 200-yard free relay and 200-yard medley relay. The quartet of Tigers placed 11th in the former event (1 minute, 46.59 seconds) and 13th in the latter (2 minutes, 1.19 seconds).

It caps a historic season for the group, as they became the first Adairsville girls relay team in history to qualify for state.

Among 4A and 5A competitors, Cartersville sophomore Giulia Vidoli wound up 12th in the girls 100-yard backstroke, finishing in just over one minute. She also swam the anchor leg for the Canes' 400-yard free relay team.

The combination of Vidoli and juniors Grayson Breedlove, Rachel Long and Gracie Siniard placed 17th in the 400 with the trio of 11th-graders posting splits within a 1:06 of each other. Vidoli finished in 57.07 seconds, a little more than three seconds ahead of the others.