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The Colquitt County 200-yard medley relay team of, from left, Peyton Childs, Austin Vines, Cole Wilkes and Ethan Sobalvarro qualified for the state swim meet after turning in a time of 1:56 during the Packer Invitational held at Darton College on Saturday. Vines also qualified for the state meet in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.44.

Colquitt County High’s Austin Vines has qualified for the state swim meet both as an individual in the 50-yard freestyle and as a member of the Packers 200-yard medley relay.

Vines and medley relay teammates Peyton Childs, Cole Wilkes and Ethan Sobalvarro qualified for the state meet with their performances at the Packer Invitational held Saturday at Darton College in Albany.

Also swimming in the meet were teams from Valdosta, Lee County, Americus-Sumter County, Northside-Warner Robins, Coffee, Tift County, Lowndes, Thomas County Central, Thomasville, Jeff Davis, Ware County, Bainbridge and Perry.

Valdosta took first place with 570 points. Tift County was second with 438.

Colquitt County was 10th.

Colquitt County and Tift County also entered middle school teams in the meet.

The medley relay team’s time was 1:56 to punch a ticket to the state meet.

The same four swimmers were on the 200-yard freestyle relay team that also took first place, turning in a time of 1:39.

In addition to winning the freestyle event with a state-qualifying time of 23.44, Vines also finished first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:30.37.

Also turning in a pair of excellent swims was Lady Packer Vivian Larson, who was ninth in the both the 50-yard freestyle, with a time of 28.95, and the 100-yard freestyle, with a time of 1:05.

Patti Mitchell had a strong meet for the Colquitt County middle school team.

Mitchell, a sixth-grader, was second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 30.84 seconds.

She also was a member of Colquitt County’s 200-yard freestyle team that finished first with a time of 2:21. Swimming with Mitchell on the relay team were Madison Chapman, Molly Brown and Amy Zeigler.

“The all did a fantastic job,” said coach Brandon Joiner said of the Colquitt County swimmers.

The captains of the Colquitt County swimming team are Childs and Samantha Price.

Joiner likes the promise of the younger swimmers.

“We really do have a fantastic group of middle school swimmers,” he said.

Colquitt County will travel to Douglas on Saturday to compete in the Trojan Invitational, which will be held at South Georgia College.

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