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Greenbrier seniors named Columbia County swimmers of the year

Posted: January 31, 2018 - 1:40am
Lauren Sidow of Greenbrier, who competed in the 100 butterfly at the Columbia County swim and dive championships last week, was named the county’s girl swimmer of the year.

Swimmers of the year were announced at the Columbia County Championships last week.

Greenbrier High School seniors Braden Tippett and Lauren Sidow took the awards home after swimming in several events at the Augusta Aquatics Center.

Tippett received first place in the 100-, 50- and the 500-meter freestyle races, while also earning first in the 200 freestyle relay, the 200 medley relay and second in the 100 freestyle relay. With all of the winning amid the course of the year culminating in an award, he said receiving the award was disparate.

"It's kind of different because even my older brother didn't get the award, and in my opinion he was better than me," Tippett said. "I've seen the other people from my school get this award and they have all been really good swimmers. It's kind of cool that I got it."

Throughout the year, Tippett swam in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle, along with the 100-meter backstroke, the 200-meter medley and the 200-meter freestyle relay races. His favorite, however, is the 50-meter freestyle.

Sidow, on the other hand, placed first in the 100 fly and 200-meter individual medley. Her favorite, though, is the 200-meter individual medley.

She said receiving the award was a humbling experience.

"I'm just really grateful and really honored in receiving this award," Sidow said. "I couldn't of done this without the support of my teammates and my coach, my friends and my family. The past and the current teammates that I have today are a really big support system."

With the GHSA Swimming and Diving Championship slated to run Thursday through Sunday, both swimmers have their eyes on developing themselves as masters of the water.

"I just want to get faster times," Sidow said. "I just want to do better than what I have been doing and moving on. I just want to prove that I can be a faster swimmer at this meet. I don't really plan on placing just because it is an intense meet. I just want to better my time."

Tippett said he expects to do really well.

"I've put in a lot of work, and I'm just hoping to finish up this last year of high school swimming doing really well at state," Tippett said. "I want to do the best time that I can do and finish up strong."

 

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