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July 15, 2014

Tidal Wave washes over district competition

TIFTON — At last Saturday’s GRPA District III Swim Meet, the Tiftarea Tidal Wave qualified 57 individual swimmers and 18 relay teams for this weekend’s GRPA State Meet.

This weekend’s event will feature state finals for swimmers 7 to 10 years old Friday, and swimmers 11 to 18 years old Saturday. There will be 33 finals Friday and 47 Saturday.

Here is a look at the Tidal Wave swimmers that will be competiing for state titles this weekend and how they finished at the district meet.

Eden Troxwell won the 9- to 10-year old girls 50 freestyle, as well as the 100 IM. Gavin Coker finishe first in the 9- to 10-year-old boys 50 freestyle. Sara Beth White won the 11- to 12-year-old girls 100 freestyle and the 50 freestyle.

Dylan Coker took first place in the 11-12 boys 100 freestyle and in the 50 freestyle, while Hank McElroy finished first in the 15-18 boys 100 freestyle.

Taking first in the girls 12-under 200 medley was the relay team of Lauren Stone, Hannah Walker, Karoline Ponder and Sara Beth White. Ponder also finished first in the 11-12 girls 100 IM.

The 14-under girls 200 medley relay team of Ansley Mobley, Mary Grace White, Kirsten Murphy and Riley Roberts emerged victorious. Murphy also finished first in the 13-14 girls 100 IM.

The boys 14-under 200 medley relay team of Tracy Blanchard, Noah Stephens, Jacob Redd and Bryce McDaniel won its event. Redd also took first in the 13-14 boys 100 IM, while Blanchard won the 13-14 boys butterfly.

Cason Johnson won the 9-10 girls 25 freestyle, and the 25 breaststroke in her age division, while Blanchard also took first in the 13-14 boys 50 freestyle.

Ross Tanner won the 9-10 boys 25 freestyle and the 25 butterfly. Claire Ryland finished first in the15-18 girls 50 freestyle. In the 15-18 boys 50 freestyle, Jacob Harper took first place.

In the 7-8 boys 25 breaststroke, Sumner Powell was victoriious for the Tidal Wave. Ansley Toews was also victorious in the girls 25 backstroke.

The girls 12-under 200 freestyle relay unit of Sara Beth White, Stone, Engram and Ponder emerged with the win.

Also winning with the boys 12-under 200 freestyle relay team of Spence Shaw, Mason Compton, Tanner and Dylan Coker.

The girls 14-under 200 freestyle relay team of Mobley, Mary Grace White, Mikaela Griffin and Murphy emerged with the victory.

Redd, McDaniel, Stephens and Blanchard won the boys 200 freestyle for the 14-under age group, while the team of Hank McElroy, Scott Mucha, Drew Wyatt and Harper finished first in the same event in the boys 18-under age group.

John Michael White finished second in the 7-8 boys 50 freestyle. Elllie Eanes finished second in the 9-10 girls 50 freestyle. Walker took second in the 11-12 girls 100 freestyle and in the 50 breaststroke as well.

McDaniel took second in the 13-14 boys freestyle. Ryland came in second in the 15-18 girls freestyle.

The relay team of Camden Anders, Kay Bailey Robinson, Ava Wilson and Kaliann Smith took second in the 7-8 girls 100 medley relay. The boys relay team of John Michael White, Powell, Jayden Wall and Trip Gregory finished second in the 7-8 medley relay. Gregory also finished second in the boys 25 butterfly.

Also finishing second was the girls relay team of Toews, Shiloh Wyatt, Eanes and Sierra Wyatt. Toews also finished second in the 25 breaststroke in her age group.

The boys 12-under 200 medley relay team of D.J. Carpenter, Compton, Dylan Coker and Shaw finished second. Carpenter was also a second place finisher in the boys 50 backstroke.

Also taking second at district was Tiftarea’s 18-under girls 200 medley relay team of Ryland, Haley Walker, Sophia Fisher and Sarah Lawson.

The Tidal Wave 18-under boys 200 medley relay team of Alex McElroy, Hank McElroy, Harper and Drew Wyatt finished second.

In the girls 13-14 breaststroke, Mary Grace White finished second. Drew Wyatt placed second in the boys 15-18 breaststroke.

Stone took home second place in the 11-12 girls 100 IM and in the 50  backstroke. Griffin finished second in the 13-14 girls 100 IM.

The 15-18 boys 100 IM and 50 backstroke saw Hank McElroy finish second in both events.

Wilson finished second in the 7-8girls butterfly, while Ponder took second in the 7-8 girls butterfly.

Murphy took home second in the 13-14 girls butterfly.

The 7-8 girls100 freestyle relay team of Anders, Joyanna Rainey, Smith and Wilson finished second. Also finishing second was the 7-8 boys 100 freestyle relay squad of Gregory, Powell, Wall and John Michael White.

In the girls 18-under 200 freestyle relay, the team of Ryland, Roberts, Haley Walker and Sophia Fisher finished second.

Carrie Engram finished third in the 11-12 girls 50 freestyle. In the 13-14 boys breaststroke, Stephens finished third. Haley Walker took third place in the 15-18 girls breaststroke.

Anders finished third in the 7-8 girls 50 freestyle and in the 25 freestyle. Wyatt finished third in the 9-10 girls 50 freestyle. Julia Grace Ryland finished third in the 11-12 girls 100 freestyle.

Mobley came in third in the 13-14 girls 100 freestyle, and in the 50 freestyle, as well. Gavin Coker finished third in the 9-10 boys 25 freestyle. In the 11-12 boys 50 freestyle, Compton finished third.

Wilson took third in the 7-8 girls breaststroke. Wall finished third in the 7-8 boys 25 breaststroke.

In the boys 15-18 breaststroke, Mucha took home third place.

Sophia Fisher finished third in the 13-14 girls 100 IM. John Michael White finished third in the boys 25 backstroke.

The 15-18 boys 50 backstroke saw Matthew Fisher come in third. Redd also took home a third place finish in the 13-14 boys 50 butterfly.

The girls 10-under 100 freestyle relay team of Eanes, Kristina Mothershed, Sierra Wyatt and Toews finished third.

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