East Jackson’s varsity swim team placed fourth in the combined boys’ and girls’ standings at the Candy Cane meet hosted Saturday (Dec. 19) by Flowery Branch High School.

Austin Ackerman won two events with two state qualifying times, finishing first in the boys’ 100-yard freestyle (51.27 seconds) and first in the 500-yard freestyle (5:16.71).

Lily Anthony took third in the girls’ 100-yard backstroke and 12th in the girls’ 50-yard freestyle, with personal-best times in both. Julia Davis took ninth in the girls’ 100-yard freestyle with a personal-best performance.

East Jackson’s middle school team took third in the combined standings behind top-12 finishes from Jack Davis (first, boy’s 100-yard freestyle; third, boys’ 50-yard freestyle), Ben Nunnally (seventh, boys’ 50-yard freestyle; fourth, boys’ 50-yard backstroke); Jenna Conner (10th, girls’ 50-yard freestyle; sixth, girls’ 50-yard backstroke); Leila Huss (third, girls’ 50-yard freestyle; fifth, girls’ 100-yard freestyle) and Landon Meeler (12th, boys’ 50-yard freestyle; eighth, boys’ 50-yard backstroke).

“Everyone on our team scored points at this meet, which is a first because we have a very new team with several members who have little to no experience swimming competitively,” East Jackson coach Whitney Wilson said.


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