THOMASVILLE — The Thomas County Central's boys swim team lapped the Region 1-AAAA competition this year and made a splash at the state meet last weekend at Georgia Tech.
Central set four new individual records, highlighted by junior Brooks Butler in the 50-yard freestyle (21.14) and 100-yard freestyle (46.04), while also setting the school record for team points (80) in swimming to a third-place finish in Class 4-A. It finished 17th in the 4-A/5-A combined classification division.
“We had a pretty good swim season. I'm proud of them,” Central coach Todd Wilson said. “We knew we had a good team this year. We won the region swim team championship. We were able to get six swimmers and two relay teams to qualify for the state meet. We made it through (the pandemic) and had one of the best swim seasons in school history. I'm just so proud of how they handled the adversity.”
Butler finished as the state runner-up in the 100-yard freestyle and third in the 50-yard freestyle. He was also part of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that finished eighth and set the school mark with a time of 1:33.03. Other team members included sophomore Cameron Criswell, freshman Tyler King and senior Collin Dillard.
Dillard also set the school mark in the 100-yard breastroke (1:02.98) and finished 12th.
“That is huge,” Wilson said. “That is what it's all about for these swimmers, keeping them motivated and having something for them to shoot for, not only swimming against each other in practice but looking at that records board and seeing what we want them to get to, what we want them to achieve.”
Dillard also placed 29th in the 50-yard freestyle.
For the Central Lady Yellow Jackets, senior Macey Kirkendoll placed 22nd in the 100-yard butterfly. Sophomore Laci Owens finished 24th in the 100-yard butterfly.