By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Managing Editor The Morgan County High School SwimDogs finished sixth, out of 15 competing high school swim teams, at an invitational competition held the University of Georgia in Athens on Nov. 8. According to Susan Courchaine, coach of the swim team, the stand out swimmers of the meet were Mary Claire Cardwell, who finished first in the 100-yard backstroke and third in the 50-yard freestyle; Caroline Smith, who finished eighth in the 50-yard freestyle and 11th in 100-yard freestyle; Grace Smith, who finished 11th in the 200-yard Individual medley and 11th in the 100-yard butterfly; Ellie Conn, who placed eighth in the 200-yard freestyle; Lily Courchaine , who placed 15th in the 100-yard freestyle; and Ellie Askew, who placed 16th in the 100-yard breaststroke. As a team, the girls completed two relays races, finishing fifth in the 200-yard freestyle relay and seventh in the 200-yard medley relay. “I am very proud of our results in our first official meet of the season,” Susan Courchaine. “Mary Claire Cardwell has already qualified for the state meet in two individual events. We have a couple of other girls who are close to achieving state qualifying times. I am hopeful that they will improve their times in future meets and qualify for state.” “Last year, we took to relay teams to state and I believe we can do that again. We are excited that our program is growing and we have many new swimmers this year. They have been working hard since the season began and have made great improvements. I am happy that more athletes are becoming interested in swimming. I look forward to seeing them improve their fitness and grow in their love of the sport,’ said Courchaine.