Originally created 08/11/05

Area swimmers spark Georgia to zone title

Three swimmers from Columbia County represented Georgia in the recent USA Swimming Southern Zone Championship Meet in Houston.

Martin Kata, Josh Andrews and Ben Miller of the Aiken-Augusta Swim League helped Georgia win the meet for the first time since 2000.

Only 10 boys in the 15- to 18-year-old group and seven in the 11- to 12-year-old group were selected based on their performances at the senior or age group state championships held in July. Kata received the all-around high point award at the state championship in Athens, Ga., in July.

Kata, competing in the 15-18 age group, finished second in the 100 breaststroke and third in both the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke. He also swam on two relay teams that finished in the top three.

Andrews, also in the 15-18 group, placed seventh in the 400-meter individual medley.

Miller, competing in the 11-12 group, came in sixth in the 50-meter backstroke and was a member of two relay teams.

ADULT SOFTBALL: Carpets of Dalton won the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association Men's Industrial Equalizer State Tournament last weekend at Diamond Lakes.

The Dalton, Ga., team posted a record of 4-1 to win the event that featured 12 teams from Georgia.

The Eisenhower Army Medical Center Lazerfirst team from Augusta was second with a record of 6-2. They forced an "if" game by beating Dalton 21-8 and then lost that game, 8-6.

The Riegel Rifles, of Summerville, Ga., finished third and Timken, of Sylvania, Ga., came in fourth.

BASEBALL UPDATE: The Augusta Sidewinders lost to the Indiana Prospects, 2-1, in the USSSA 13U Major World Series.

Augusta's Shawn McCain took the loss despite striking out 10 while giving up only two hits. Michael Holley had the only hit for Augusta and Justin Bryan scored the only run.

The Sidwinders finished second in the event with a 6-2 record.


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