March 30, 2013

Cats salute swimming standouts

Dalton High School’s swimming and diving teams were honored during a postseason banquet Thursday night at the school.

The Catamounts won the Georgia High School Association’s Class A-5A boys state title this season, and state qualifiers Taylor Dale, Matt Franey, Chris Kazmierski, Taylor Mathis, Michael O’Brien, Sam Reeves, Austin Richards, Luis Rosales, Pierson Scarborough, Alan Trejo, Chase Todd and Ethan Young will receive championship rings.

It was the school’s second boys swimming and diving state title, and members of the Cats’ 1993 championship team in attendance at the banquet were also recognized.

Dale, Mathis, Scarborough and Young, who won both the 200-yard medley relay and the 400 medley relay — they set a state meet record in the former — shared the Most Valuable Swimmer Award for the boys team.

O’Brien received the Coaches Award, while Austin Richard received the Most Improved Swimmer Award. Dale and O’Brien were honored as team captains.

For the Lady Cats, Ninive Arriola was named Most Valuable Swimmer and Susan Meinders was selected Most Valuable Diver — both qualified for the state meet — while Romina Mendoza received the Coaches Award and Natalia Quezada was given the Most Improved Swimmer Award.

Kimberly Gallardo and Haley Richard were honored as team captains.

Both Dale and Dalton coach Charles Todd were honored with special recognition for outstanding careers with the Cats. Their awards will be displayed in the school’s trophy case.

Dale, a senior who has signed with the University of Georgia, took first place in seven state meet events as an individual or relay team member during his time with the Cats. Todd is a four-time GHSA Coach of the Year, including the past two seasons.

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