Woodring attends open water championships

Ellijay’s Payton Woodring (right) joined 23 Georgia Swimming teammates for the Southern Zone Open Water Championships in Fort Myers, Fla., June 3-5. The event was held at Lynn Hall Memorial Park, and races were completed in the Gulf of Mexico. Woodring swam the 1.25-kilometer race in the 11-12-year-old division and placed 12th out of 25 swimmers with a time of 21:02.00. Woodring and three teammates also placed sixth in a “team pursuit” race. The competition marked the first time that Georgia has participated, and the team finished 4th overall.

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