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Titan Tide wins fifth straight Area title

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Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019 9:54 am

ATHENS—Winning area championships hasn’t gotten old for the North Oconee High School swim and diving team. Friday night the Titan Tide grabbed another area championship, their fifth in a row.

The Titan Tide’s girls led the way as they edged Oconee County High School 204-135. The boys team came home second behind the Warriors who scored a total of 166.5 points to win the boys side. The Titan Tide earned a team-total of 362 points that edged OCHS who scored 301.5 points.

The Titan Tide got 11 first-place finishes between the girls and boys teams. The final score this week was much closer than the scores of the past two weeks that saw the Titan Tide matched up with the Warriors.

NOHS head coach Scott Burrell cautioned his team coming in that winning their fifth consecutive area championship was going to be more difficult than it had been in the past few years.

OCHS’ program has made a leap into being a consistent threat to the Titan Tide this season and Friday’s win required a response to questions of any complacency that may have developed in the last few seasons.

“We had to work for this one,” Burrell said. “We’ve won most of our meets throughout the season, but I knew it was going to be close and it really was. The last few weeks it’s been like a 200-point difference, but the way this one falls, there are less teams and the points are different. Hats off to Oconee, they really have a great team. Their boys are going to be up there at state. I look for them to place really high. They beat us tonight by a few points (on boys side). I was proud of our boys, I didn’t know if we could hang that close to them. They’re a dynamite team.”

The Titan Tide made a statement to their coach with their performance on Friday. Burrell feels it was the boys teams’ defeats over the past few weeks that acted as a wakeup call for much of the team. Burrell wants to make sure that winning area keeps it’s special feeling and sometimes defeat can be the motivation to continue a dominant stretch.

“They saw that this was not a give me and we’re just going to show up and take it,” Burrell said.

“I’m excited by the way they responded. It could have been one of those things where we’ve already won a couple of years in a row and it’s not that big of a deal. The seniors really wanted this and they wanted to finish off with another area win and the rest of the team responded. I told them that from year-to-year you don’t know what’s going to happen. Our future looks good, but other teams have big swimmers coming up as well. We have to take advantage of the opportunities that we have and make the most of it.”

For more on this story, see the Feb. 7 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, go to oconeeenterprise.com or call (706) 769-5175.

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