Scottsboro swimmers sport state championship aspirations as they hit the pool one last time in 2019.
Fourteen Scottsboro swimmers and divers will compete in the AHSAA Swimming and Division Championships’ Class 1A-5A divisions in Auburn this weekend.
The state meet begins Friday and concludes on Saturday at Auburn University’s James E. Martin Aquatics Center. Admission is $10 per day.
Both the Scottsboro girls and boys teams head to state after posting runner-up finishes in the Class 1A-5A North Sectionals.
SHS head coach Shalyn Benson carries experienced teams to state, as eight swimmers have previous state meet experience.
“Knowing what to expect is always beneficial but, at this level of competition, it doesn't matter if it's your first time or your sixth time, the adrenaline rush is a feeling like no other,” Benson said. “(It’s) knowing that years of training are going to pay off and that you are swimming for not just yourself but for your team and to represent your hometown.”
Swimming and/or diving for Scottsboro this weekend are Mary Cook, Paige Giles, Paige Megehee, Paula Nunez, Olyvia Stone, Luke Armour, Jake Benson, Minh Le, Gabe Lyle, Arlen Parr, John Dalton Sanders, Harrison Stone, Levi Webb and Kaje Jordan.
Scottsboro swimmers/divers will compete in 17 of the state meet’s 24 events.
“They have great chances of several top finishes in each event,” Benson said. “Relays bring in the most points so we definitely need to push hard and beat the other (Class) 5A teams that give us the most competition.”
Benson expects Scottsboro swimmers to be up to the challenge this weekend.
“I think they will compete very well,” she said. “Most of the team is considerably young, so it will be a fun experience to see how they react to such a high caliber competition. There's several athletes that will be competing for placement on the podium for individual awards and they worked diligently in the offseason.”