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Peters, Paulding swimmers shine at state
by Marcel Pourtout
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Special Photo<br>North Paulding swimmer Stephanie Peters (center) receiving her first-place medal for winning 500-Yard Freestyle race at the state meet last Saturday. Isabella Issa of Westminster, left, and Durmer Julia of St. Pius X, right, finished second and third respectively.
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North Paulding swimmer Stephanie Peters (center) receiving her first-place medal for winning 500-Yard Freestyle race at the state meet last Saturday. Isabella Issa of Westminster, left, and Durmer Julia of St. Pius X, right, finished second and third respectively.
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The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) held its Swimming and Diving Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center from Feb. 6 to 8. The Paulding County prep swimmers all participated in the Class 1-5A competition while Class 6A schools were in a separate grouping.

North Paulding’s Stephanie Peters won two individual events at the meet to earn state titles. The Georgia Bulldogs-commit won the 200-yard freestyle race with a time of 1:49.50, more than one second faster than second-place finisher Brittany Creasy of Creekview. The senior also defended her state title by notching a victory in the 500-yard freestyle race for the second-consecutive year, finishing with a time of 4:54.30, over two second faster than Isabella Issa of Westminster, who finished in second.

Fellow North Paulding swimmer, senior Taylor Wilks, made the finals of two events, placed sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke and sixteenth in the 100-yard butterfly.

Chad Martin of Hiram participated in the preliminary rounds of the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke while South Paulding’s Emily Najar swam in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard freestyle events.

North Paulding swimmers Nicholas Coats (50 and 500-yard freestyle) and Jordan Neiswender (200 and 500-yard freestyle) also swam in the prelims.

The Wolfpack also had four relay teams that made the state competition in the preliminary rounds but didn’t make the finals. On the boys’ side, the 200-yard freestyle relay squad of Greg Veneziale, Nick Helms, Griffin Fricks and Coats joined the 400-yard freestyle squad consisting of Neiswender, Helms, Veneziale and Coats in that round. The girls’ team had a 200-yard medley relay unit consisting of Jyssie Hightower, Maggie Cox, Peters and Wilks. The 200-yard freestyle team included Hannah Joyner in addition to Cox, Peters and Wilks.

The Paulding County swim program, led by head coach Kaitlyn Woods, enjoyed its most successful campaign in its four-year history. All five county schools train together and had a record number of swimmers qualify for the state event.

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