LAST weekend, the Jefferson High School swim team competed in its final meet of the regular season at the Frances Meadows Center in Gainesville.
All statewide meets on Saturday marked the last chance for swimmers to qualify for the Georgia High School State Meet at Georgia Tech on Feb. 7-8.
While the Dragons didn’t qualify any new swimmers for state, they did end the regular season on a positive note. The Jefferson girls’ team took home the first place trophy by a narrow margin of one point. Jefferson scored a total of 202 points, finishing ahead of Loganville (201), Buford (184) and Flowery Branch (140).
“If one swimmer had finished a spot lower we would not have won,” said Coach Lane Guzman. “I think I’m glad they didn’t know that.”
The Jefferson boys’ team finished fifth among the 12 teams competing with an overall score of 68 points. The boys were forced to compete without their lone state qualifier Jacob Musgrove, but Guzman noted that other members of the team were able to fill in admirably.
“Jacob had a family commitment and could not swim,” added Guzman. “We hated for Jacob to miss the meet but it did allow the other four boys to swim both relays and they did great. I could not be prouder of Cole Holbrook, Max Higgins, Nic Aquila and Austin O’Kelley. Those four worked hard all season, never complained and did everything that was asked from them.”
The combined scores allowed Jefferson to take fourth overall with a total of 270 points.
Victoria Swaim – the Dragons’ lone senior – ended her Jefferson swimming career with the conclusion of Saturday’s meet.
“Victoria is an example of why I coach” said assistant coach Chad Klinck. “She is a wonderful girl and one of the hardest workers, if not the hardest, on the team. We will all greatly miss Victoria next year.”
For most of the swim team, the season is over. But for a few Dragon swimmers, there is still much work to be done.
Musgrove and Camille Porter both qualified for state for the second consecutive year.
“Camille has not been felling her best lately and has had to tough out some swims, but I expect her to do well at state” said Klinck. “Camille is a racer and I know she thrives on competition. She almost made finals as a freshman last year and I have complete faith in her. Jacob swam incredibly well at his last meet and I hope his confidence carries over to state.”
Porter and Musgrove were the only two Dragons to qualify for state last year, but they will have company this February. Porter, along with Bree Hanson, Ryan Childress and Heather Perry qualified in three relay events and will swim in two of them at the state meet.
“A spot in the finals is a distinct possibility,” added Guzman.
Individual results from Gainesville meet are:
•Camille Porter, first, 100-yard freestyle; second, 100-yard backstroke.
•Cole Holbrook, first, 500-yard freestyle; fifth, 200-yard freestyle.
•Nic Aquila, second, 200-yard individual medley; sixth, 100-yard backstroke.
•Heather Perry, third, 100-yard breaststroke; third, 200-yard individual medley.
•Lilli Blacksock, third, 100-yard freestyle; fourth, 100-yard butterfly.
•Bree Hanson, third, 100-yard butterfly; seventh, 50-yard freestyle.
•Caroline Mitchell, fourth, 100-yard freestyle; seventh, 100-yard butterfly.
•Ryan Childress, fifth, 100-yard breaststroke.
•Falon Bell, seventh, 100-yard backstroke.
•Porter, Perry, Hanson and Childress, first, 200-yard medley relay; second, 200-yard freestyle relay.
•Mitchell, Swaim, Blackstock and Bell, third, 400-yard freestyle relay.
•Holbrook, O’Kelley, Higgins and Aquila, fourth, 400-yard freestyle relay; eighth, 200-yard freestyle relay.
Display comments as (Linear | Threaded)
The author does not allow comments to this entry