The Scottsboro swim team will be well represented at the AHSAA State Swim Championships in two weeks.
All 10 Scottsboro swimmers that competed qualified for the state meet in a total of 16 events during the North Alabama Swim Championships last weekend in Huntsville.
The state meet is Dec. 9-10 at Auburn University.
Swimmers had to post state qualifying times during prelims or finals races during the North Alabama championships in order to qualify. Scottsboro took care of that on the opening day.
“Our swimmers showed out on [Day 1], all achieving state qualification…and nine of those being personal bests,” Scottsboro head coach Shalyn Benson said. They went out there and gave it their all.”
Scottsboro finished third in the Class 1A-5A varsity boys division with 70 points and fifth in the varsity girls division with 47 points. Westminster Christian (131) won the varsity girls division title while Randolph won the varsity boys division (104).
The SHS boys team had four race victories. Kyle Vosen won the 200-yard IM (1:57.58) and the 100 Breaststroke (1:01.53) while Tony Pereira won the 50 Freestyle (23.82 seconds). Vosen and Pereira also teamed with Ben Gossett and John Dalton Sanders to finish first in the 400-yard Freestyle Relay (3:42.18).
Gossett posted a runner-up finish in the 100 Butterfly (1:01.61) and also teamed with Pereira, Vosen and Tanner Gossett for a third-place finish in the 200 Medley Relay (1:53.30).
The SHS girls team had a pair of third-place finishes and a sixth-place finish in the varsity girls’ relay races.
Jessica Vincent, Cheyenne Vincent, Claire Megehee and Olyvia Stone teamed up for a third-place finish in both the 200 (1:54.28) and the 400 Freestyle Relays (4:06.90) while Megehee, Jessica Vincent, Cheyenne Vincent and Kathryn Sanders teamed up for a sixth-place finish in the 200 Medley Relay (2:08.73).
Individually, Sanders turned in a fourth-place finish in the 50 Freestyle (26.44 seconds) and a fifth-place finish in the 100 Butterfly (1:06.92) while Stone was fifth in the 500 Freestyle (6:03.11) and sixth in the 200 IM (2:31.41). Megehee finished sixth in the 100 Butterfly (1:09.31) while Cheyenne Vincent was seventh in the 200 Freestyle (2:15.97) and Jessica Vincent ninth in the 100 Freestyle (1:02.91).
“We now have roughly [two] weeks to prepare for state,” Benson said. “Swimmers are trying to keep their muscles strong and fine tune starts and turns. It will be interesting to see them compete against other 5A schools from across the state. I’m confident they will represent Scottsboro well in Auburn.”
Vosen honored — Scottsboro’s Kyle Vosen was selected to the All-North Alabama High School Swim League Team in the 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke.