In a fitting tribute to their long-time former swim coach, the Thomasville swim teams swept first place at the first Dean Farrell Invitational swim meet Thursday at the Everett-Milton YMCA.
Farrell coached the THS swim team from its inception in 1992 until he retired in 2012. He passed away last year from pancreatic cancer.
In Thursday’s invitational, that included Thomas County Central as well as Albany, Bainbridge, Colquitt County and Westover, the THS girls totaled 104 points to outdistance the Bearcats’ 72. Central placed third with 70. The Thomasville boys finished with 114 points for first, while Bainbridge again finished second with 60 points. Central had 15 to place fifth.
Leading the Thomasville girls’ charge to first place was Maggie Davis, who won the 200-meter individual medley and the 400-meter freestyle. Davis also was a member of the Bulldogs’ winning 200 medley relay team, which also included Vivian Larson, Mattison Higginbotham and Rebekah Smith; and the 400 freestyle relay team that included Aubrey Baker, Larson and Caitlin Rollock.
Baker had Thomasville’s other first-place finish in the 100 butterfly.
Runners-up from THS included Rollock in the 50 freestyle, Smith in the 100 butterfly and the 200 freestyle relay team of Higginbotham, Lakin Knop, Hannah Geer and Kaci Waller. Third-place finishes came from Baker in the 200 freestyle, Larson in the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke, Smith in the 400 freestyle and the 200 medley relay team of Rebecca Jane White, Waller, Baker and Rollock.
Central’s girls were led by Kendall Salter winning the 50 freestyle, finishing second in the 100 freestyle and being a member of the 200 freestyle relay team that finished first. Joining her on that team were Peyton Barrett, Avery Barrett and Jordan Barrett. Those four were also on the 400 freestyle relay team that placed second.
Jordan Barrett also won the 200 freestyle and finished second in the 100 backstroke. Avery Barrett was second in the 100 breastroke and third in the 200 individual medley.
The Thomasville boys’ first-place finish was headed by Ryan Davis and Sam Tabacchi, each winning two individual events as well as helping win two relays. Davis, a senior, won the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly, while Tabacchi, a sophomore, won the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke. Both were on the 200 medley relay team that included Will White and Andy Alekseichuk, and the 400 freestyle relay team that included Chad Thomas and Alekseichuk.
Alekseichuk added a win in the 100 breastroke and a second-place finish in the 50 freestyle. Other runners-up from the Bulldogs were Thomas in the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke, Max Baker in the 400 freestyle and White in the 100 breastroke. White also finished third in the 200 freestyle, and Thomasville’s 200 freestyle relay team of White, Yash Patel, Matthew Green and Thomas also was third.
Central’s boys got third-place finishes from Carlton Ogletree in the 50 and 100 freestyles.