Tifton Gazette

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January 14, 2013

Tift County Middle swim teams splash to championships

TIFTON — The Tift County Middle Blue Devils boys and girls swim teams won the middle school championships Saturday.  They competed against seven other middle school teams from Douglas, Atlanta, Thomasville and Macon.

The girls won 164-137, with Coffee coming in second place. Third place went to First Presbyterian and fourth to Providence Christian.

The boys made it a sweep over Coffee, 135 to 110. Mount Vernon finished third and MacIntyre Park of Thomasville fourth.

The top eight swimmers scored for their team with 236 swimmers attending.

Tifton's finalists were as follows:

200 medley relay team of Tracy Blanchard, Caleb Rice, Jacob Redd, and Tyler Coker got third for the boys.

In 200 freestyle, Tyler Coker was middle school champion or the boys. Ansley Mobley was runner up for the girls and Sarah Lawson was third.

50 freestyle: Jacob Harper finished second and Jackson Short third.

50 butterfly: Jacob Redd was 3rd.

100 freestyle: Jacob Harper finished second, Ansley Mobley was champion and Stephanie Connell was runner up.

500 freestyle: Jacob Redd was champion and Jackson Short third and Casey Hall was champion for the girls and Sarah Lawson was runner up.

200 freestyle relay: the team of Jackson Short, Ben Douglas, Eric Atkins and Jacob Harper were champions as well as the team of Casey Hall, Emily Moore, Stephanie Connell and Ansley Mobley.

50 backstroke: Casey Hall was runner up.

In 400 freestyle relay, the teams of Jacob Redd, Eric Atkins, Tyler Coker and Jacob Harper as well as Casey Hall, Stephanie Connell, Emily Moore and Ansley Mobley were champions.

In last year’s competition, there were only three team south of Macon and this year there were only six.

Tift County was offered an opportuity to compete in the Atlanta championships in December  and the girls finished ninth out of 31 teams. Casey Hall and Ansley Mobley both placed in the top three in all of their events and the boys team had two top three finishes from Jacob Harper.

Last weekend’s championships capped off a winning record for the team in only their second year of competition.

"We couldn't do what we do without the support of our parents, boosters, board of education or my assistant coach, Ivey Vickers."

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