Swimmers contest for titles at state parks meet
by Emily Horos
July 31, 2013 12:34 AM | 1105 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A pair of local swimmers, Irina Vogt and Dylan Villhauer, returned from the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association state championships with titles.

Vogt, an Etowah product, won the state championship in the 50-yard breaststroke for girls ages 15-18. Vogt, who was the second seed in her race, beat favorite Cynthia Lou by .07 seconds to win with a time of 32.90.

Villhauer, who also swims for Etowah, won the boys 15-18 100 freestyle in 49.3 seconds and the 50 free title in 22.54 seconds. He was also a part of a relay team that finished third.

The meet, held Friday-Sunday in Gainesville, featured more than a dozen Cherokee County swimmers who had to perform well in qualifiers in order to compete in the finals.

Josh Butler took second in the boys 18U 50 backstroke with a time of 26.82. Brittni Hoover was third in the girls 18U 50 backstroke (31.09) and sixth in the 100 medley (1:09.35). Russ Kaeser placed fifth in the boys 18U 50 free and 100 free.

Julia Amos placed fifth in the girls 18U 100 free (1:00.48).

Villhauer, Kaeser, Sean Hackaday and Josh Bath reached the finals in both the 18U 200 free relay and the 200 medley relay. They placed third in the 200 free (1:35.56) and sixth in the 200 medley (1:51.20).

Also competing, but not reaching the finals, were Garret Dempsey (14U IM), Taddeus Palmer (12U butterfly) and Grant Davis (10U 50 free). The 8U girls 100 free relay team of Sofia Pepin, Mallory Richmond, Ashlyn White and Mekenna Logan placed ninth, as did the boys 10U 100 free relay team of Bradley Gordon, Dylan Cole, Zack Zamorano and Davis.
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