DWS boys, girls win 241-swimmer meet, ready for state Feb. 5

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- The Deerfield-Windsor boys and girls swim teams closed out their regular season on a strong note Saturday, winning a 14-team, 241-swimmer meet at home in the friendly confines of the Albany State pool.

"We had a lot of support, and it felt good knowing we're going to state with (another win under our belts)," said DWS coach Lorraine Withers, whose son Taylor -- The Herald's reigning three-time Player of the Year for boys swimming -- once again was the high-point winner. Withers won the 50 freestyle, 100 free and 100 butterfly and heads into the GISA state meet Feb. 5 at Georgia Tech having only lost one race all year.

"We were trying him in all sorts of events a couple of weeks ago at the Southland meet and he came in second in the 200 free," the coach said.

Withers is the reigning state champ in the 50 and 100 freestyle races.

Erika Wozniak of St. Andrews was the girls' high-point winner.

Other highlights from Saturday included girls standout Camille Fox, who broke the school record in the 200 IM with her fifth-place finish, while the boys' 200 medley team -- made up of Ashton Wahbeh, Beau Sinyard, Withers and Matthew Fox -- also broke the school record, then went on to win the 200 freestyle relay.

Haley Daughtry, Savannah Hughes, Camille Fox and Caroline Hawkins won the 200 freestyle relay, while Daughtry also won the 200 free individual.

But the meet wasn't just about sharpening DWS' star swimmers for state. It was also the last GISA-sanctioned event in Georgia for prep swimmers to try and reach qualifying marks, which two Deerfield swimmers managed to do: Marcus Gouthro (200 free, 500 free) and Marley Skinner -- daughter of local Albany golf pro and PGA of America Player of the Year Sonny Skinner -- in the 500 free.

"It was a great final meet and the boys ended without losing a meet all year," said Withers, whose guys also captured the prestigious Atlanta Girls School Invitational -- the biggest GISA meet all season -- for the first time in six tries last month.