Lady Cats win region, Bearcats finish third

Published 6:49 pm Friday, January 27, 2017

The Bainbridge Lady Cats swim team won its second Region Championship in a row Tuesday evening as they outswam Harris County, Veterans, Warner Robins and Thomas County Central at the Tallahassee Aquatic Club.

Coming in third place at the Region 1-AAAA Championship were the Bearcats.

“Coach McConnell and I are both very proud of the accomplishments of our swimmers this year,” coach Tracy Poppell said. “Many of the swimmers swam their personal record times at this meet. We asked them to do their very best and to leave it all in the water at this meet and they stepped up to the challenge. They are a great group of students and represented BHS with class and pride this season.”

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This marks the third Region Championship for the current senior Lady Cats (2014, 2016, 2017).

Tara Stevens qualified and will compete at the State Swim Meet in Atlanta this weekend in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle. The 200-yard relay medley of Tara Stevens (backstroke), Haley Helms (breaststroke), Katie Campbell (butterfly) and Sydney Hutchins (freestyle) and the 200-yard freestyle relay of Sydney Hutchins, Emilee Poppell, Haley Helms and Tara Stevens will also compete at the state meet.

The Bearcat team of Dalton Savage, David Long, Caleb Harris and Caleb Boutwell came in third place in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:18.39. Stevens, Helms, Campbell and Hutchins came in first in the same race with a quick time of 2:07.11.

Haydn Griffin will won the 200-yard freestyle race with a time of 2:09.30, and Stevens came in first in the girls 200-yard freestyle. Behind Stevens was Helms with a time of 2:28.32 and Mary Alice Long with a time of 2:55.93.

In the boys 200-yard IM, Dalton Savage clocked in with a 2:54.50 and David Long came in at 3:00.81 to snag fifth and sixth place, respectively.

Sullivan took fourth place for the Bainbridge Lady Cats n the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:55.81 and Braswell came in at 3:22.21 for sixth place.

The Bainbridge boys were at the top of the pack in the 50-yard freestyle, with Boutwell hitting a 24:31 for second place and Gage Kempton coming in at 27.75 for fifth place out of 22. The girls were well-represented in the 50-yard freestyle, with Hutchens coming in at 28.09, Chambers hitting 29.47, Caitlin Miller clocking a 29.75 and Alexis Smith coming in at 37.68.

In the girls 100-yard butterfly, Campbell took third place at 1:14.9 and Baker clocked a 1:19.78.

In the boys 100-yard freestyle, Boutwell hit a 57.77, Kempton came in at 1:04.94 and Harris finished with a 1:08.08. For the girls 100-yard freestyle, Hutchens came in a 1:02.49 for third place, Poppell clocked in at 1:04.87, Helms hit 1:05.87 and Alexis Smith came in at 1:27.74.

For the boys 500-yard freestyle, Griffin clocked in at 6:19.81 for second place. The girls’ 500-yard freestyle race saw Alaiya Schuyler, 7:25.79, and Lauren Braswell, 7:48.35, grabbing fourth and fifth place.

The boys 200-yard freestyle relay saw the team of Griffin, Savage, Harris and Boutwell taking third place with a time of 1:47.21.

In the girls 200-yard freestyle relay, the team of Hutchens, Poppell, Campbell and Stevens took first place with a time of 1:51.34. The team of Ashlyn Brock, SarahKaylee Wynn, Miller and Chambers took fourth place with a time of 2:01.58.

In the girls 100-yard backstroke, Sandy Baker took second place with a time of 1:22.26 and Brock took fifth place with a time of 1:24.42.

David Long came in with a time of 1:32.73 for the boys 100-yard breastroke. On the girls 100-yard breastroke, Stevens claimed first place with a time of 1:13.21, Sullivan took second place with a 1:26.07 and Mary Alice Long took eighth with a time of 1:37.25.

The Bainbridge boys dominated the 400-yard freestyle relay, with the team of Savage, Kempton, Long and Griffin taking first place with a time of 4:19.75.

The girls team of Chambers, Poppell, Campbell and Helms took second place with a time of 4:26.71 and the team of Wynn, Miller, Brock and Baker claimed fifth place with a time of 4:49.05.