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Rockdale bests local foes, wins swim meet

The Rockdale swim team held off county rival Heritage at last weekend’s meet at Johnson Park, 393.50 to 350, thanks to six first-place finishes.

The girls nipped Heritage, 196.50-189, as Billye Lewis won the 50-freestyle (27.59) and 500-freestyle (6:14.27), Kemaya Tucker was the 100-freestyle champion at 1:01.80, Taylor Johnson won the 200-freestyle (2:30.88) and the 400-freestyle relay with a time of 4:33.37.

In the boy’s meet, the Bulldogs knocked off Heritage, 197-161, as Davis Foster won the 50-freestyle (23.86).

“Our swimmers really toughed it out today. A lot of sickness this week, but these kids pushed through and swam their best,” said Rockdale coach Stephen Sansing. “A lot of guys and girls are really stepping up and swimming events or combos of events they wouldn’t have thought about last year. We dropped a lot of times today up and down the roster.”

Besty Potter won a pair of events to pace Heritage’s second-place overall finish. Potter was champion in the 100-butterfly (1:10.41) and 200-individual medley (2:30.82). The Patriots also got first-place finishes from Cody Nolen in the 500-freestyle (6:40.29), Kate McCalley in the 100-backstroke (1:10.450, the boy’s 200-freestyle relay team (1:39.74), 200-medley relay (2:09.69) and girl’s 200-freestyle relay (2:01.14).

Eastside finished third, thanks to Joey Ellwanger, who won the 100-butterfly (56.69) and 200-freestyle (1:52.89), and Jack Mitchell, champion in the 100-freestyle (51.55) and 100-backstroke (57.09). The Eagles also picked up titles in the boy’s 200-medley relay (1:53.18) and 400-freestyle relay (3:42.23).

Salem’s Taylor Beauchamp, champion in the 100-breaststroke (1:18.87), helped the Seminoles finish fourth.