Swimmers compete in county meet
by Jason Greenberg
Jan 12, 2014 | 908 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One of the events Bartow County swimmers look forward to the most during the season is the county meet as the swimmers get to put their times to the test with the best in the area.

The 2014 Bartow County swim meet took place Saturday at Adairsville High as Woodland came away the big winner, Adairsville came in second, Cartersville came in third and Cass finished fourth in both the boys and girls rankings.

The Woodland girls finished with 137 points with Adairsville finishing with 76, Cartersville 65 and Cass 28.

In the boys’ events, Woodland scored 125 points, Adairsville had 79, Cartersville had 65 and Cass had 39.

The boys and girls combined score had Woodland finishing with 262, Adairsville with 155, Cartersville 130 and Cass 67.

Sierria Matthews of Adairsville High and Cartersville’s Elise Hart tied for the most individual points with 14 each for the girls.

Three boys swimmers tied for the individual lead in the event with Nathan Soli of Cass, Miller Barnett of Adairsville and Simon Petron of Woodland all finishing with 14 points.

One of the highlights of the event was both the Woodland boys and girls 200 freestyle relay teams qualifying for the state meet with times of 1:39.45 for the boys and 1:52.94 for the girls.

“Our relays, both of our 200 free relays, both boys and girls, did a great job,” Woodland coach Matthew Landolt said. “They both have been trying [to qualify for states]. They've worked hard all year and they finally got both those times in.”

The relay teams included, for the boys, Kade Lawhon, Carter Barrere, Nathan Marlowe and Bronson Castro.

The girls team featured Samantha Patterson, Kera Lawhon, Caliope Miron and Ellie Tuck.

“Excellent, they did a great job today,” Landolt said. “Ellie Tuck had an awesome race. She did a really good job today.”

For Cartersville, Stephen Hopkins and Griffin Braid both broke school records in their events.

“The swimmers did very well. I was proud of everybody,” Cartersville coach Shannon Vogelsang said. “Actually, I was a little more impressed, because over Christmas break, we didn't have as many practice as we would like to have had and they did exceptional.”

Adairsville got off to a great start in the first event as Cole Wallace, Barnett, Dylan Smith and Jake Eberly took first place in the 200 medley relay and grabbed 14 points with a time of 1:55.77.

Cass High came in second in the event and Woodland came in third.

Cartersville took the girls 200 medley relay when Hart took her team from third to first place in the third leg of the race as Kate Justus, Maddie Braid and Victoria Everhart joined Hart on the podium and took 14 points.

Adairsville and Woodland once again followed in second and third place, respectively.

Event 3 was the boys 200 freestyle and it was an all-Woodland podium as Simon Petron, Carter Barrere and Nathan Marlowe took first, second and third. Petron won the event with a time of 2:04.36, narrowly edging out Barrere at 2:04.83.

The girls 200 freestyle was a little more mixed as Cartersville’s Braid took the top spot with a time of 2:29.29 for Cartersville. Woodland’s Emily Greulich finished second and Adairsville’s Isabella Crider came in third.

Event 5 featured two Adairsville swimmers, Barnett and Wallace, take first and second in the 200 individual medley. Cartersville’s Josh Root came in third.

In the same event, Cartersville’s Hart swam away from the competition and finished with a time of 2:15.77, more than 22 seconds faster than her closest competitor. Cass’ Maile Liu came in second to earn her team five points followed by three Woodland swimmers, Caliope Miron, Ashlyn Smith and Bailee Smith, giving the Lady Wildcats the most points in the event.

The boys 50 free was one of the most exciting of the day as the top four swimmers finished within 1.28 seconds of one another.

Soli earned the seven points for Cass with a time of 24.64. Woodland’s Marlowe came in second at 25.27. Adairsville’s Eberly finished third at 25.78 and Woodland’s Bryce Marratta recorded a time of 25.92.

The girls 50 free was a two-swimmer battle between Adairsville’s Matthews and Woodland’s Tuck. Tuck had the faster seed time, but it was Matthews who earned the seven points with a time of 27.23. Tuck still finished with a strong time of 27.52 seconds.

In the boys 100 butterfly, Cartersville’s Braid took the top spot away from Adairsville’s Dylan Smith and recorded a sub-one minute time.

Hart would make the event a Cartersville first-place sweep as she posted a time of 1:04.42. Woodland’s Samantha Patterson and Mallory Ketchum joined Hart on the podium in second and third place, respectively.

Cass was the big winner of the boys 100 freestyle with Soli edging out Colonel teammate Levi McKinley by 0.23 seconds. Woodland’s Marratta finished third with a time of 1:00.01.

On the girls side, Cass’ Liu put forth a sub-one minute time to capture first place. Tuck, Miron and Sarah Bracken earned the next three spots, once again leaving Woodland the big winner in points.

Event 13 extended the distance in the boys 500 yard freestly, but the race was still close at Petron and Barrere battled it out for first place for Woodland. Petron’s sub-six minute time gave him the top spot on the podium, but Barrere still comfortably finished in second with a time of 6:04.42.

In the girls event, Bromby swam away from the competition, finishing in first by nearly 40 seconds to earn seven points for Adairsville. Braid finished in second for Cartersville and Woodland’s trio of Bailee Smith, Kaitlyn Cochran and Catrina Gage once again gave Woodland the most points in the event as they finished in third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Event 17 was the boys 100 backstroke and Dylan Smith gave Adairsville the top spot, narrowly edging out Cartersville’s Braid, who posted the top seed time coming into the race.

In the girls’ event, Adairsville’s Matthews gave the Tigers the first-place sweep with a time of 1:10.33 as she swam past Woodland’s Patterson, who cruised into second place at 1:12.53 in a tight race.

The Tigers would take the top spot on the podium for the third race in a row when Barnett narrowly defeated Woodland’s Kaeman Nix with a time of 1:13.11 to Nix’s 1:14.33 in the 100 breaststroke.

On the girls’ side, Ashlyn Smith won the event for Woodland with a time of 1:21.50. Adairsville’s Bromby and Woodland’s Taylor McClure followed Smith coming in second and third, respectively.

The final boys and girls event was the 400 freestly relay. Woodland won the event impressively with a time of 3:45.05 thanks to the efforts of Marlowe, Andrew Tate, Barrere and Castro. Cartersville’s team of Noah Harper, Garrison McDaniel, Root and Braid finished second with a time of 4:01.34. Adairsville came in third with Barnett, Eberly, Kera Lawhon and Wallace.

Woodland also won the girls’ side as Miron, Lawhon, Patterson and Tuck finished with a time of 4:19.81. Adairsville finished second with Bromby, Katie Lawhon, Jesika Moore and Matthews. Woodland’s B team came in third as Bracken, Bailee Smith, MiKayla Campbell and Greulich solidified the victory for the Wildcats.

The teams have their region meets coming up and still have plenty of time to beat personal records and qualify for the state meets.