Rockdale swimmers place 7th

DALTON - The Rockdale swimming squads continued to impress after combining to finish seventh overall during the North Georgia Region Championships on Saturday.

The Lady Bulldogs took fourth overall, while the Rockdale boys ended 13th.

"The great thing about this meet is that it is set up the same as the state championships, with prelims and finals," Rockdale coach Stephen Sansing said. "We have not been to a meet like that during the regular season, so it was good to get that kind of experience.

"The atmosphere of the finalists walking together to the block, with music playing, and the crowd cheering - that was fun stuff."

Based on their performance, the top finishers - listed below - all reached the finals.

For the girls, the combination of Abbi Lewis, Melanie Wright, Katie Newman and Miranda Wright took fifth in the 200-yard medley relay.

Miranda Wright also placed second in the 200-yard individual medley and fourth in the 500-yard freestyle.

During the 200-yard butterfly, Melanie Wright finished sixth overall. She also took seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Lewis finished 11th overall in both the 500-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke.

In the 200-yard free relay, Melanie Wright, Newman, Kellie Fair and Miranda Wright captured fourth place overall.

Fair also finished eighth in the 100-yard backstroke.

In the 400-yard free relay, the foursome of Lewis, Emily Boyer, Newman and Fair took sixth.

For the boys, Rockdale's Austin Nation placed 10th overall during the 500-yard freestyle. Adam Scaffe finished 12th.

Rockdale's Kari Logan placed 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke.

"This follows up a strong showing at the University of Georgia Invitational last weekend, and we are looking forward to a great county championship meet," Sansing said.

During the invitational, Rockdale placed ninth overall out of 32 teams.

Jason Murdock can be reached at jason.murdock@rockdalecitizen.com.