Jan. 19—Dalton High School's swim team finished third and Coahulla Creek's finished ninth in combined scores at the Northwest Georgia Championship meet in Calhoun last weekend.
The Catamounts were third and the Colts ninth in a field that included 27 competing teams, including a few local competitors. Northwest Whitfield finished 16th in combined scores, while Southeast Whitfield was in a tie for 24th.
Host Calhoun finished first in both the boys and girls standings to grab the overall championship in combined scores. Dalton's boys finished second and the Lady Catamounts finished third. Creek finished ninth in the boys standings and 11th in girls, while Northwest was 12th in girls and 16th in boys.
Dalton finished third in the boys 200-yard medley relay with a squad consisting of Franco Valdez, Luc Chenard, Francis Cuaresma and Peyton Bearden. Bearden, Valdez and Cuaresma joined Braxton Johnson to finish second in the boys 400-yard freestyle relay. Valdez won first place in boys 100-yard backstroke and was the second-place finisher in boys 200-yard individual medley. Bearden won the boys 100-yard freestyle event, with fellow Catamount Johnson finishing second, and Bearden finished third in the boys 50-yard freestyle. Chenard was third in boys 100-yard breaststroke. Jackson Callaway was third in the boys 500-yard freestyle. A Dalton squad made up of Georgia Grace Brackett, AmyLynn Hoeng, Melissa Rios and Rebecca Rios finished third in the girls 400-yard relay. Brackett finished second in the girls 200-yard freestyle and third in the girls 100-yard freestyle.
Coahulla Creek's Jonah Ogas finished third place in the boys 200-yard freestyle. Teyah Riegel finished seventh in the girls 100-yard breaststroke, but set a new school record in the event at 1:23.31. Hope Miller was seventh in girls 500-yard freestyle, and Weston Griggs was eighth in boys 500-yard freestyle.
Northwest's top performance in an individual event was the eighth-place finish by Ben Cleek, Cyrus McGuire, Ryan Climer and Matthew Owen in the boys 400-yard freestyle relay. Owen was ninth in the boys 200-yard individual medley and ninth in boys 100-yard backstroke, while Natalie Edds grabbed 10th in girls 200-yard individual medley.
Southeast didn't have any swimmers compete in the finals. An 11th-place finish in the girls 100-yard fly by Southeast's Kathy Mejia in preliminaries was Southeast's top individual result.
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