Tifton Gazette


February 27, 2014

Tidal Wave win championships at Georgia Tech

TIFTON — Six members of the Tiftarea Tidal Wave recently competed in the USA Swimming State Age Group Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.  These swimmers had to meet the time standards between September and February to be able to compete.

Kirsten Murphy competed in two events, Cason Johnston competed in four events and Karoline Ponder competed in nine events.  Eden Troxell competed in eight events and notched top 10 finishes in the 100 breaststroke (10th), 200 freestyle (8th) and 500 freestyle (3rd). 

J.D. Bengston finished the meet with one 3rd place finish, three 2nd place finishes and won the state championship in the 10 and under boys 50 backstroke.  Beau Bengston had three 3rd place finishes, two 2nd place finishes and won five state championships in the boys 10 and under division.  He was also named most outstanding swimmer of the meet for earning the most overall points.

 Several of these swimmers are now qualified to compete in the Eastern Section Southern Zone Age Group Championships which takes place March 20-23, also at Georgia Tech.  States that will be represented in this meet are Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia. 

"I am extremely proud of what these swimmers accomplished at State.  Not just the winners and point scorers, but we had some dramatic time drops that I am equally proud of." Said Tidal Wave head coach Dustin Bengston.  "These swimmers worked very hard and I am happy for them that their hard work paid off."

 Swimmers wanting to join the year-round USA Swimming program need to schedule an evaluation by emailing tiftareatidalwave@gmail.com .  The Tiftarea Tidal Wave summer program is scheduled to begin April 14 for swimmers that participated last year, and April 21st for any new swimmers.  Further information will be available soon on the team's website tiftareatidalwave.com .

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    Pictured are the honorees of Thursday night's annual Public Safety Officer Appreciation and Awards Banquet by the Tifton Elks Lodge. Shown, from left, are Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, Eddie Brown with the Tift County Emergency Medical Services, Sgt. Debbie Pyles with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Police Department, Sgt. Bart Walker with the Omega Police Department, Officer of the Year honoree Thomas Catanzarita with the Tift County Sheriff's Office Jail Division, Deputy Jonathan Toledo with the TCSO, Brandi Conway with the Tifton-Tift County Animal Shelter, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Taylor, Officer Brian Shockley with the Tifton Police Department and volunteer Firefighter Brian Fincher with the Chula Fire Department.

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    Prior to the awards being given out, Louise Spradley, who organized the banquet, welcomed everyone, and the invocation and pledge were led by the Tift County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard.

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