Woodland swimmers place first in county meet
by Staff Report
Jan 13, 2013 | 1442 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Woodland lived up to its billing as having the top swimming program in the county, as it finished first in the Bartow County championships.

In Saturday’s meet held at Adairsville High School, Woodland was first overall. Cartersville was second, and the Tigers were third.

“I was very proud of our swimmers today,” Woodland coach Matthew Landolt said. “They came out and swam well against some very good, county-widecompetition.”

When the final results came in, Justin Coeztee of Woodland had won four gold medals and was named the MVP for the boys.

The MVP for the girls was Cartersville’s Elise Hart, who won three gold medals and one silver medal.

While Woodlands boys qualified for state in the 200-meet free relay, Hart qualified for state in the girls’ 500-meter freestyle and girls breaststroke.

“Coach Landolt was able to cary on the tradition of carrying carrying home the county championship trophy once again,” said Scott Naelitz, the meet’s organizer.

“More important than who won or loses, the meet today enabled a lot of Bartow County swimmers to make new and lasting friendships.”

One of those swimmers was Maile Liu of Cass, who was the only freshman county champion, won the girls 100-freestyle meet.

Overall, there were 22 swimming events held, starting with the boys’ 200-yard medley relay and ending with the girls’ 400-yard freestyle relay.