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TFS varsity swim teams win Jingle Bell invitational


Both men’s and women’s Tallulah Falls School varsity Indians swept the Habersham Central High School-hosted Jingle Bell Invitational  swim meet held Dec. 10 in Clarkesville. 

More than 330 swimmers representing 13 high school and 10 middle school teams converged at the Ruby C. Fulbright Aquatic Center to compete for top honors, Georgia High School Association state-qualifying times and personal records.

According TFS swim coach Susan Nichols, GHSA swim meet rules allow each swimmer to race two individual events and two relay races. The fastest swimmer scores the most points, and relay races carry double point values. 

“The Lady Indians dominated with four first place finishes, two second place and one third place in individual events,” Nichols said. Sophomore Virginia Griswold of Clarkesville won both the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard freestyle. Senior Julia Nichols of Clarkesville won the 50-yard freestyle and took second place in the 500-yard freestyle. Sophomore Norah Griswold of Clarkesville won the 100-yard butterfly and took third in 100-yard backstroke. Freshman Sarah Edwards of Sautee-Nacoochee placed third in a well-paced 200-yard freestyle, Nichols said. “These ladies, along with freshman Reid Kafsky of Clarkesville won the 400-yard freestyle relay with a GHSA state qualifying time of 4:06.46,” Nichols said. “The medley relay team comprised of the Griswold sisters Nichols and Edwards won  the event, setting a winning tone for the meet.”

The TFS varsity men’s team captured three first place, one second place and, three third place finishes. Sophomore Nick Stelmack of Toccoa won both the 100-yard butterfly and the 500-yard freestyle. Freshman Riley Barron of Roswell won the 200-yard freestyle. Freshman John Nichols of Clarkesville was second  in the 200-yard individual medley, while freshman Hunter Weyrich of Alto took third in both the 100-yard backstroke and 50-yard freestyle. Freshman Samuel Dunlap of Lakemont was third with a personal record race in the 200-yard freestyle.The relay team of Nichols, Weyrich, Barron and Stelmack won both the medley and 400-yard freestyle relay, Nichols said. 

The TFS girl’s team dominated with three first place, one second place and two third place finishes for individual events, Nichols said. Eighth grader Jordan Seamon of Philadelphia won both the 100-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle race. Eighth grader Gianna Diaz of Cleveland won the 50-yard backstroke and took second place in the 50-yard butterfly. Seventh grader Emily Smith of Cleveland took third in the 100-yard freestyle and the 50-yard backstroke. These ladies, along with eighth grader Maggie Jackson of Clarkesville won the 200-yard medley relay. “The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Smith, seventh grader Regan Brode of Cleveland, Diaz and Seamon won with a time of 2:05.79, a time that would have placed fourth among the high school relay teams,” Nichols said. 

The TFS middle school boy’s team continues to improve in individual races, placing sixth of eight middle school teams. 

The next meet is set for Jan. 6, 2017. 

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