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Locals make splash at state
Three Rockdale swimmers bring home gold at GRPA meet

CONYERS - The Rockdale County state swim team turned in a spectacular performance at the Georgia Recreation and Park Association state swim meet in Augusta, winning five gold medals.

Rockdale swim coach Gregg Ellwanger said the overall performance of the team was one of the best he's ever seen by a Rockdale County swim team.

"Almost all of the swimmers swam personal best times. Never has the Rockdale team won as many golds as this year," Ellwanger said.

Among those winning gold medals were Matthew Tibbetts, Drew Ellwanger and Jack Mitchell.

Tibbetts and Drew Ellwanger both brought home two gold medals apiece.

Tibbetts won the 13-14 boys 50-yard breaststroke in 29.31 seconds, and the 13-14 boys 100 individual medley (IM) with a time of 58.04.

Drew Ellwanger won the 15-18 boys 50 breaststroke in 27.65 and the 15-18 boys 100 IM in 58.14.

Mitchell captured gold in the 11-12 boys 100 freestyle in 57.56. He also placed third in the 11-12 boys 50 backstroke in 31.73.

Joey Ellwanger and Joshua Jones also had strong showings at the state meet.

Joey Ellwanger placed fifth in the 13-14 boys 50 butterfly with a time of 29.13, while Jones took seventh in the boys 15-18 50 freestyle in 24.68.

Brandon Evans can be reached at brandon.evans@rockdalecitizen.com.