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December 8, 2012

Dalton swimming duo has good showing at UT

Another fast day in the pool has Dalton’s Taylor Dale and Ethan Young thinking about how low they can go.

Dale and Young — both are Dalton High students and members of the Carpet Capital Aquatics Club — finished in the top 16 of the 100-yard backstroke finals of the USA Swimming Speedo Winter Junior Nationals at the University of Tenn-essee.

Dale, a 17-year-old senior, turned in a time of 48.73 seconds to take ninth place in the short course event, while Young, a 14-year-old freshman, finished 16th in 50.10. Dale picked up speed from his qualifying time earlier in the day, when he earned a place in the “B” final by clocking a 49.72. Young was slower at night after qualifying at 49.62, but that was also a personal best for rising star.

“They did well,” said Charles Todd, the swimmers’ coach both at Dalton High and with the CCAC. “They had some big swims.”

How big was their day in Knoxville?

Well, Young’s qualifying time has Todd hoping the swimmer can set the national age group record for 13-14 boys in the 100 backstroke on a short course before his birthday next year. That mark of 49.20 was set by Grey Umbach in 2009.

Todd said while he has had several swimmers go on to successful careers, he has never had a national record holder.

“He doesn’t turn 15 until Feb. 18,” Todd said, “so we have until then to go to some high level meets and see if we can’t get the record.”

The coach was pleased with Dale’s performance because it came despite this not being a targeted meet on his calendar. He wasn’t shaved down for the competition like everyone else in the field, Todd said, and Dale — who has committed to the University of Georgia — has missed time in the past few months because of recruiting trips.

Dale’s bigger focus is on the GHSA state meet in February, Todd said. Last year, Dale helped the Catamounts take the 200 medley relay title for Class A-4A while also winning the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly at. He set the GHSA state record in the latter event at 48.55.

Both Dale — who won the 100-meter backstroke title this summer of the USA Swimming Speedo Junior Nationals — and Young also competed in the 100 butterfly on Friday, although neither had the top-24 time required to make the finals.

Young’s 51.07 was another personal record, while Dale’s 49.99 was his second best time, behind only his state record-setting effort.

The swimmers will be in action again today in Knoxville, with both competing in the 200 butterfly and 200 backstroke and Dale going in the 50 freestyle as well. Todd said video of all of the events, including live action, are available at usa-swimming.org.

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