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Adairsville boys swim team fifth at GHSA State Championships

(L-R): Cooper Brown, Luke Altizer, Brayden Rizer, Andy Barnett, Alex Juarez, and Gabriel Greenway.

The Adairsville boys swimming team made a nice statement at the 2023 Swimming and Diving Championships for Class 1A-3A this past weekend at Georgia Tech.

The Tigers finished in a tie for fifth led primarily by juniors and sophomores. That means with a little program growth and development in the off-season, Adairsville has an opportunity to make an even bigger splash at the GHSA State Meet next season.

Wesleyan won the Class 1A-3A title with 252 points. Whitefield Academy was next at 235 followed by North Cobb Christian (203) and Providence Christian (193). Adairsville tied with Paideia at 166 points.

Athens Academy (162), Oconee County (149), Mt. Paran Christian (114), and Columbus (114) rounded out the top ten team scores.

The Tigers collected a pair of third-place finishes to highlight the week. Junior Cooper Brown was third in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.33) and the Adairsville 200-yard freestyle relay team of Brown, Andy Barnett, Gabriel Greenway, and Brayden Rizer finished third in 1:32.86.

The same four swimmers made up the Tigers’ 200-yard medley relay team that placed fifth in 1:44.31. Like Brown, Barnett is a junior while Greenway and Rizer are both sophomores.

Brown was sixth (2:06.98) in the 200-yard individual medley with Barnett placing 9th in the finals in 2:12.83.

Rizer was a tenth-place finisher in the 50-yard freestyle while the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Rizer, Greenway, Alex Juarez, and Luke Altizer also placed 10th in 3:38.54. Juarez was the only senior on that relay team.

Greenway finished 13th in the 100-yard butterfly (58.57) and Barnett was a finalist in the 100-yard backstroke.

"The boys performed very well," Adairsville swim coach Shawn Williams commented. "They continued to improve their times as the day progressed. We don't have access to all the records, but we are pretty confident in saying that this is the best performance of any Bartow team at the state meet. They earned two third-place finishes and were the fastest 1-3A public school in the state."


The Woodland boys' swim team was represented this past weekend at the 2023 GHSA Class 4A-5A State Championships at Georgia Tech.

The Wildcats finished 34th with 2.50 points earned by Grayson Moore’s finals appearance in the 50-yard freestyle (22.92).

The 200-yard freestyle relay team consisting of Moore, Isaiah Muriel, Drew Thayer, and Ricky Hawkins was 32nd in the preliminaries.

Chattahoochee won the Class 4A-5A boys' championship followed by Chamblee, Northview, Pace Academy, and Centennial in the top five.


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