Sharks fin­ish ninth at GRPA state swim meet

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

A large con­tin­gent of the Ca­toosa Great White Sharks swim team trav­eled south to Tifton on the week­end of July 14-15 to com­pete in the Ge­or­gia Re­cre­ation and Parks As­so­ci­a­tion (GRPA) Class B/C State Meet in Tifton and sev­eral of the team mem­bers re­turned with Top 8 fin­ishes.

The Great White Sharks earned one state cham­pi­onship over the week­end. That ti­tle came in the girls’ 14-un­der 200-yard med­ley re­lay as the team of Abby Dodd, Emma Brad­ford, Morgyn Easley, Maggie Grayson and Kai­ley McCormick touched the wall first in the fi­nals, clock­ing in at 2:08.16. Easley, Dodd, Grayson and Brad­ford also took sec­ond in the girls’ 14-un­der 200 freestyle re­lay.

In­di­vid­u­ally, Brad­ford went on to place third in the 13-14 di­vi­sion of the 50-yard breast­stroke and the 100-yard in­di­vid­ual med­ley. Dodd took fifth in the 50 back­stroke, while Easley was sev­enth in the 50 but­ter­fly.

In the girls’ 15-18 di­vi­sion, Alex Van Al­s­tine was eighth in the 50 freestyle, Is­abella Sweat was eighth in the 50 breast­stroke and Lexi Easley was eighth in the 50 back­stroke. That trio joined with Syd­ney Wilson to place eighth in the 18-un­der 200 med­ley re­lay and the group also placed eighth in the 200 freestyle re­lay.

Ju­lia Striker was fourth in the 100 freestyle and the 50 back­stroke in the girls’ 11-12 di­vi­sion, while Mar­i­ana Easley was third in the 50 breast­stroke and sev­enth in the 100 in­di­vid­ual med­ley. Striker and Easley part­nered up with James Stow­ers, Jor­dyn Brown­ing and Hunter Hick­man to place fifth in the 12-un­der mixed 200 free re­lay, while Striker, Easley,

Hick­man, Brown­ing, Chip­per Grayson and Mackenzi Fran­cis placed sixth in the 12-un­der mixed 200 med­ley re­lay.

In the girls’ 10-un­der 100 med­ley re­lay, Lexi Fogt­man, Jay­den Jones, Lily Mar­shall, Anna Brad­ford, Lisa Afon­shina and Natalie Scott placed fifth, while Fogt­man, Brad­ford, Afon­shina and Jones was sixth in the 100 freestyle re­lay. Jones also was run­ner-up in the 9-10 girls’ 25 breast­stroke.

In the girls’ 7-8 di­vi­sion, Kee­ley Moun­tjoy was third in the 50 freestyle and fourth in the 25 but­ter­fly. Lulu Parkhill was eighth in the 25 breast­stroke. Moun­tjoy and Parkhill joined Daw­son Hughes and Noah Scott to place sixth in the 7-8 mixed 100 freestyle re­lay and eighth in the 100 med­ley re­lay. Scott also was fourth in the 7-8 boys’ 25 but­ter­fly.

Wil­liam Rid­dell took third in the 9-10 boys’ 100 in­di­vid­ual med­ley and fifth in the 25 freestyle. Alex Grayson was sixth in the 25 breast­stroke. Hay­den Scheeler was sev­enth in the 25 but­ter­fly. Seth Rober­son was fifth in the 25 back­stroke, while Grayson was eighth in the same event.

In the 10-un­der re­lays, Rober­son, Grayson, Rid­dell and Scheeler were sec­ond in the 100 med­ley re­lay and the quar­tet was third in the 100 freestyle re­lay.

In the 11-12 boys’ di­vi­sion, John Court­ney was fifth in the 50 back­stroke, James Stow­ers was sev­enth in the 50 breast­stroke and Daniel Pa­touga was eighth in the 50 but­ter­fly. Kale Davis was sixth in the 100 freestyle and sev­enth in the 100 in­di­vid­ual med­ley.

And fi­nally, Pa­touga, Court­ney, Davis, Chip­per Grayson and Da­mon Jones was third in the 12-un­der 200 freestyle re­lay, while Court­ney, Stow­ers, Pa­touga, Davis and Jones was fourth in the 200 med­ley re­lay.

Ca­toosa fin­ished sev­enth in both the girls’ and boys’ stand­ings, while the team fin­ished ninth in the over­all stand­ings with 213 points in the 24-team field. Cal­houn, another Chat­tanooga Area Swim League squad, won the team state ti­tle with 548 points, fol­lowed by Oconee County Parks and Rec (523) and the Dou­glas Stingrays (459).

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