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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton swim team set to host meet this weekend; Lady Cavs hoops team No. 18 in latest NJCAA Top 25 poll

T.J. Bland is one of the NJCAA's top swimmers in the 100 breast coming into Saturday's home meet.

T.J. Bland is one of the NJCAA's top swimmers in the 100 breast coming into Saturday's home meet.

ALBANY – The Darton State College Cavaliers will host a quad swim meet, the Darton Sprints, on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the natatorium.

A sprint-style meet has no long-distance events, so spectators can expect some fast-paced action as they watch some of the NJCAA’s best talent compete.

Darton sophomore T.J. Bland is one of the best 100 breaststroke athletes in the NJCAA. Teammates Dennis Jariga and Gabe Downey are among the Top 8 in backstroke competitions, and Kyle Batson ranks in the Top 10 for the butterfly. Darton’s relay teams are among the NJCAA’s top three.

“We’re all coming off of winter training, which in the swim world is the toughest training we do,” Darton head men’s swim coach Will Breehl said. “But we’re still going hard. And last time we swam with these schools, we won all but one event.”

Region foe South Georgia College, LaGrange College and Thomas University are scheduled to attend the meet, which will be free and open to the public.

DARTON COLLEGE WOMEN’S HOOPS SET FOR TOP 25 SHOWDOWN: Just in time for its duel with region No. 1 Georgia Highlands on Saturday, region No. 2 Darton (16-2, 8-1) was bumped up a notch in the latest NJCAA Division I rankings this week when the Lady Cavs moved up to No. 18.

First-year Georgia Highlands, however, is nine spots better than Darton entering the weekend duel, ranked No. 9 in the nation at 14-1 overall.

Crisp Academy girls top Westfield in OT

CORDELE — The Crisp Academy girls basketball team improved to 15-2 on Thursday with a big win against larger classification Westfield, 62-61, in overtime.

With the score tied at in overtime, Westfield fouled Kayla Childers, who stepped to the line and knocked down the go-ahead free throw.

The Lady Wildcats were led by Herald Super 6er Madi Mitchell’s 31 points and nine rebounds, followed by a double-double from Kendall Wilson (10 points, 10 boards) and 10 points from J.J. Yawn.

Crisp Academy next faces Highland Christian today.