State meet next for swimmers
Pictured are Gilmer swimming state qualifiers, Alyson Guidry (above) and Carson Pierce (below). They are two of the county’s 21 swimmers who qualified for state at last week’s district meet. (Photos by Kevin Hensley)
21 qualify for state swim meet
by Kevin Hensley
A top-three finish at district qualified 21 of the county’s youth swimmers for the state meet.
Gilmer and Coosawattee swimmers earned their spots at state last Thursday at the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association District 5 swim meet at Ft. Oglethorpe.
Emma Schramm and Lillie Martin will represent the Coosawattee Torpedoes at state. Schramm qualified in the 10U 100-yard individual medley, where she won the event with a time of one minute, 51 and 88-hundredths of a second (1:51.88). Martin punched her ticket in the 10U 25-yard butterfly, finishing third in the event with a time of 28 and 49-hundredths of a second (28.49).
For Gilmer, Ian Berry qualified by placing second in both the 10U 25 and 50-yard freestyle events with respective times of 16.08 and 34.97. Berry also joined Larz Fowler, Kevin Willis and Law Lykins to qualify in both the 10U 100-yard freestyle and medley relays, with respective second-place times of 1:08.37 and 1:22.17. Lykins went on to also qualify in the 25-yard freestyle by finishing third with a time of 16.19, while Fowler also qualified in the 10U 50 free with a third-place time of 35.64.
James Maxwell is going to state in both the 18U 50-yard freestyle and butterfly events. He placed second in the free with a time of 25.04 and third in the fly at 27.15. Carson Pierce snagged a spot at state in the 12U 50-yard backstroke, placing second with a time of 40.30. Cheyne Smith qualified in the 8U 25-yard butterfly by placing second at 32.66.
Grace Pleasant earned a slot at state in both the 14U 50- and 100-yard freestyle events. She placed second in the 100 with a time of 1:02.98 and third in the 50 at 29.20. Rowe Fowler also qualified in both the 14U 50- and 100 freestyle, placing second in the 50 at 29.07 and third in the 100 with a time of 1:03.95.
Leila Farist will swim at state in both the 18U 50-yard butterfly and 100-yard freestyle events. She placed second in the fly with a time of 33.10 and third in the free at 1:03.66. Raiven Pierce qualified in the 18U 50-yard freestyle with a third-place time of 36.52.
The 8U relay team of Esther Bowman, Sophia Lykins, Alyson Guidry and Faith Goodwin qualified with third-place finishes in both the 100-yard freestyle and medley events, with respective times of 1:42.80 and 2:07.12. Guidry also qualified in the 8U 100 individual medley with a second-place time of 2:26.61 and in the 25-yard butterfly with a third-place time of 29.40.
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