The Rome Wolves swimming team pulled off another first-place finish for the week, narrowly winning out over the Dalton Catamounts and the Coahulla Creek Colts in Rome’s home waters.
Thursday’s win was the second of the week after Rome took home a first place finish on Tuesday over Darlington and Creekview’s swimming programs.
The Wolves barely outscored Dalton 268-256 with Coahulla Creek taking third place with 84 points (boys: 40, girls: 44.) Rome took second place in boys behind the Catamounts 150 to 116, but overtook the lead with a girls score of 152- 106.
“It was a good split, we had some good competition,” said Rome coach Joey Powers after the meet.
“I split up some relays trying to get some more kids qualified, and I think I got one or two more boys qualified for state as alternates... we were shooting for 2 to 3 finishes in events and we knew that, and we just had to fight for that third place or fight for that 2-3 and not let somebody beat us out on those.”
“Boys side, I’m satisfied with second place,” Powers added. “And overall when it comes together they come out on top.”
Powers said he expected a strong showing from Dalton’s boys team, who include names like Taylor Dale who finished first in time on the boys 50-yard freestyle in 22.65, and third place finisher Taylor Mathis who finished a second behind at 23.85 seconds.
“They’re very good,” Powers said of the Dalton team. “They’ve got a good coach. And Coahulla Creek, they’re a brand new school only 2 years old and for them to come out and compete with us was awesome.”
The Wolves swim team will be back in action on Saturday as they head southward for the Metro Atlanta Invitational, and then will be back in their home waters on Tuesday, Jan. 29 for a make-up meet against River Ridge and Sequoyah.