DWS swim teams win again, rolling toward state

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

ALBANY -- Call it a stretch run.

Actually, make that a stretch swim.

All four (varsity and JV) Deerfield-Windsor swim teams finished first at the Raider Invitational in Southland on Saturday in an important meet heading into the state meet at Georgia Tech in two weeks.

The boys team finished with 101 points -- 30 ahead of host Southland -- and is still undefeated on the season.

"This meet, I really had a lot of kids do not their normal events -- stuff they've never done before," head coach Lorraine Withers said. "I wanted them to try different events. You never know what you can do until you do it, but I had them do an extra warmups before, so it was a good training meet. Next week is the last regular season meet before state, so (this was an important win)."

The boys team set a school record in the 200 freestyle relay (1:38.77) and was led by Taylor Withers, who finished first in the 50 freestyle (22.49) and 100 breaststroke (1:10.94).

The boys also won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:52.70, while Beau Sinyard won the 200 IM in 2:39.93.

The girls, who finished with 120 points, were led by Haley Daughtry, as she won the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:20.59.

They also won the 200 medley relay (2:15.89) and 200 freestyle relay (1:59.84).

Lorraine Withers said her team looks good heading into next week's meet at Albany State, then the state meet after that.

"This is definitely the strongest meet for my varsity boys, but my varsity girls, I think they looked as good as I've ever seen them," the DWS coach said. "This is the strongest team I'ver (ever coached)."