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Riptides quartet set for state meet

The Rockdale Riptides will be well-represented this weekend in Savannah. The Conyers-based swim team will have four swimmers competing in 21 events at the 14-Under Long Course State Championship at the Chatham County Aquatic Center in Savannah starting Thursday.

Delaney Willette will lead the way. Willette, 12 years old, qualified in 14 different events: 50-meter freestyle, 100-freestyle, 200-freestyle, 400-freestyle, 50-breaststroke, 100-breaststroke, 200-breaststroke, 50-backstroke, 100-backstroke, 50-butterfly, 100-butterfly, 200-meter individual medley, 400-individual Medley and the 200-backstroke where she is the top seed.

Thien-An Maynard, an 11-year-old, qualified in five events, including the 50-backstroke, 200-backstroke, 50-breaststroke, 100-breaststroke and the 200-breaststroke.

Ryan Curry (13) qualified in the 100-backstroke and Marquese Tucker (11) will swim in the 200-breaststroke.

“These kids are so dedicated to swimming,” said Riptides coach Sean Willette. “They have been in the pool five days a week without a break since last August and now their hard work has paid off. We have trained to swim fast this weekend and I am looking forward to some exciting races.”

The long course state meet will run through Sunday.

Anyone interested in joining the Rockdale Riptides Swim Team can visit the team’s website at www.swimriptides.com for more information. Tryouts for the 2014 season will be the week of August 26 at Johnson Park.