First-year Thomasville swim coach Wes Davis said he had never encountered Gov. Nathan Deal until his Bulldogs trekked to the state swim meet last weekend in Atlanta.
Deal spoke to the 900-plus swimmers at the event hosted by the Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center, of which Thomasville sent a record ten.
Among the Bulldog qualifiers were Andy Alexseichuk, Aubrey Baker, Maggie Davis, Ryan Davis, Mattison Higginbotham, Vivian Larson, Caitlin Rollock, Chad Thomas, Sam Tabacchi and Will White.
“This was the best season we’ve had in a while,” said Wilson, who took over this year after an assistant role the past three.
Tabacchi was the only swimmer to qualify for the finals on Saturday with a 13th place finish in the 200 individual medley.
Maggie Davis finished just shy of the 16-person cutoff with a 17th place performance in the 500 freestyle. She dropped eight seconds from her previous time in the event, which set a Thomasville record.
“She’s just a freshman, so that’s really saying something,” coach Davis said. “We’re expecting big things from her in the next three years.”
Maggie Davis wasn’t the only THS record setter.
The collective of Ryan David, Alekseichuk, Tabacchi and Thomas set the school mark in the 200 freestyle relay. The outing was good for 31st among all 113 state teams, up from their initial No. 45 seed.
Ryan Davis and Tabacchi also set program records in the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, respectively.
Thomasville, overall, finished 41st in the tournament comprised of top teams across A to AAAAA.