The Rome Wolves swimming team once again came out on top in the annual rivalry against Darlington, and blew the Tigers clear out of their home waters on Senior Night.
With a combined score of 298, Rome took the first place spot in Tuesday night’s meet topping second place Creekview and third place Darlington in both men’s and women’s scoring.
Creekview finished the night with 173 points (girls: 101, boys 72) and Darlington finished with a final score of 129 (girls: 68, boys: 61.)
“Tonight we worked out a few kinks,” Rome coach Joey Powers said after Tuesday’s win. “We got a couple more kids qualified for state who hadn’t qualified already and we had some good splits where we needed them.”
Darlington coach Mike Hudson said he was fine with tonight’s results despite coming in third, simply because it allows for his team to face off against local competition.
“Rome has a wonderful program. I really like swimming against Rome and then I really hate swimming against Rome,” he said.
“I like it because our kids see great competition, they see what it’s like to have a big team that’s really committed... of course I hate that they usually come over here or we usually go over there and they whipped us pretty good.”
“We like competition no matter who it is,” Powers said. “This is a rivalry in any sport between Rome and Darlington... it’s good to get to swim against your neighbors.”
Hudson added that he was “happy with the effort of our kids and we had some PR’s tonight.”
Powers and Hudson said they are both looking forward to hosting meets on Thursday. Powers’ swimmers will be facing off agaisnt Dalton and Coahulla Creek for the Wolves’ own Senior Night.
“Dalton is fierce competition,” Powers said. “They’ve got a couple of boys with national records. But a couple of boys doesn’t make a team so we’ll see what we can do.”
Darlington will be hosting Calhoun and Cass for their final home meet of the season.
“This is a rematch, and we came in first the last time those two teams came here,” Hudson said. “So I’m looking to finish with a first place and on a real positive note.”