JHS gears up for state meet


Falon Bell has represented well for the Lady Dragons all season long. Bell finished in 16th place in the 50 free at the second annual Falcon Invitational. Jeff Kelley/For the Paper.

Camille Porter and Jacob Musgrove of the Jefferson High School swim team have punched their ticket to compete in the state championship.

The Dragons have been turning heads all year long and have crushed teams twice, sometimes three times their size. They are truly living out the phrase, “It’s not the quantity; it’s the quality.”

“We had a really good meet at the North Georgia Regional Championships in Dalton. Since very few swimmers make the state meet in general, this is considered the championship meet for our team,” said Head Coach Lane Guzman.

“There were 17 teams such as Dalton, Calhoun, Flowery Branch, Habersham and Rome High School. Our nine did great against teams with 25 to 50 swimmers,” stated Guzman.

The Dragons continue to face teams with a lot more depth and stun on all levels. One of the biggest disadvantages in competing against larger teams is trying to stay ahead in terms of earning points; more swimmers usually means more points, yet JHS has handled the adversity well.

“Seven out of our nine made it to the finals (eight in individual events). The top 20 were in finals. Swimmers are only allowed to swim two individual events at state. There were about 25 teams and 550 swimmers. Five of the teams were middle school. I know our middle school scored first in their category,” said Guzman.

Jefferson will have the week to prepare for the GHSA State Meet scheduled for Feb. 8-9 at Georgia Tech. The meet will see numerous teams looking to walk away with the state title but Jefferson will have something to say about that.