Nine teams and over 700 swimmers converged upon the Rec*Com last weekend for the ARPA District 2 Swimming Championships.
Undeterred by a second day storm delay, Scottsboro’s Wet ‘n’ Wildcats were able to hold off stiff challenges from rivals Cullman and Boaz to claim their 10th straight runner-up finish behind powerhouse Madison.
SSA scored 651 points, outpacing the 537 scored by the Barracudas and 519 by the Bearcats. Also competing were Albertville, Arab, Decatur, Ft. Payne and Guntersville.
Although Scottsboro got off to a slow start on Day 1, trailing both Cullman and Boaz after the Individual Medley, they came roaring back in Breaststroke and added to their lead in the Short Freestyle and Medley Relay to close out the first day. The Wildcats had particularly strong showings on Day 2 in the Backstroke and Freestyle Relay. Wildcat swimmers earned gold medals in 14 of the 64 individual events, and also had 3 relays squads win gold.
Maggie Ella Robbins swept the 11-12 Girls 50-yard Breaststroke, 50 Fly and 100 Freestyle. Her time of 32.77 in the 50 Breast extended her own team record.
Kyle Vosen also earned a hat trick by taking first in the 15-18 Boys 100 IM, 50 Breast and 100 Free. Vosen and Robbins both enter the State Championship undefeated for the summer.
Ben Gossett, one of this summer’s biggest surprises, also pulled a sweep by winning the 13-14 Boys 50 Freestyle, 50 Backstroke and 50 Fly. Ryder Linville won gold in the 6-Under Boys 25 Freestyle and 25 Backstroke and also took silver in the 8-Under Boys 25 Breaststroke.
Zach Strogov won the 8-Under Boys 50 Freestyle, and also claimed silver in the 25 Back and bronze in the 25 Freestyle.
Lily Turlington swam to an upset victory in the hotly contested 9-10 Girls 50 Breaststroke, an event in which teammates Grayson Gattis took the silver medal and Ashton Childress placed fourth. One of the biggest upsets of the weekend was Bethany Dugan’s victory in the 15-18 Girls 50 Backstroke. Dugan also came away with bronze in the 100 IM.
Other medalists for Scottsboro were Craft Sanders (silver 8-Under Boys 25 Fly and bronze 50 Freestyle), Kyla Reichle (silver 13-14 Girls 50 Fly with a new team record of 29.09 and bronze 50 Back), Ayden Mashburn (bronze 8-Under Boys 100 IM), Les White (bronze 8-Under Boys 25 Breaststroke), Izzy Nelson (bronze 8-Under Girls 25 Breast), Noah Linville (bronze 13-14 Boys 50 Breaststroke), Zach Beason (bronze 15-18 Boys 50 Breaststroke), Tony Pereira (bronze 15-18 Boys 50 Freestyle), Baylie Giles (bronze 6-Under Girls 25 Backstroke), and Arlen Parr (bronze 9-10 Boys 50 Backstroke).
Victorious relay squads for the home team were the 8-Under Boys Medley Relay (Zach Strogov, Ryder Linville, Craft Sanders and Ayden Mashburn), the 6-Under Girls Freestyle Relay (Morelia Calderon-Diaz, Cora White, Linda Rudder and Baylie Giles), and the 15-18 Boys Freestyle Relay (Zach Beason, Cole Cooper, Tony Pereira and Kyle Vosen), a race in which Pereira’s blistering third leg put the team in position to win.
Silver medal relay teams for Scottsboro were the 9-10 Boys Medley Relay (Arlen Parr, Harrison Stone, Aiden Goggans and Jordan Sosebee), the 11-12 Girls Medley Relay (Jessica Vincent, Paige Giles, Maddie Gossett and Maggie Ella Robbins), the 13-14 Boys Medley and Freestyle Relays (Noah Linville, Clay Giles, Abram Peek and Ben Gossett), the 6-Under Boys Freestyle Relay (Dylan Phillips, Eli Armour, Miles Hodges and Ryder Linville), and the 8-Under Boys Freestyle Relay (Craft Sanders, Les White, Ayden Mashburn and Zach Strogov).
Among the bronze medalist squads were the 9-10 Girls Medley Relay (Ashton Childress, Lily Turlington, Kimberly Calderon-Diaz and Grayson Gattis), the 15-18 Boys Medley Relay (Vosen, Beason, Cooper and Pereira), the 15-18 Girls Medley Relay (Bethany Dugan, Stephanie Bradbury, Kate Coleman and Katharyn Sanders with a new team record time of 2:02.06), and the 9-10 Boys Freestyle Relay (Aiden Goggans, Joseph Gardner, Ansel Goggans and Jordan Sosebee).
SSA qualified a team-record 77 swimmers to advance to State as either individual qualifiers (49 swimmers) or as members of qualifying relays. In addition to the swimmers listed above, this group includes Carter Hodges, Keyton Allen, Taylor Bell, Ava Kahler, Render Pierce, Nina Gardner, Ben Bradford, River Green, Trip Nelson, Caroline Sanders, Gabe Lyle, Rex Green, Brady Peek, Christian Swain, Brayden Bell, Jake Vance, Abby Ray, Shelton Linville, Rebekah Riddle, Diana Swain, Tanner Gossett, John Sanders, Olyvia Stone, Paige Megehee, Sarah Vance, Staton Robbins, Creed Wooden, Will Rogers, Jacob Megehee, Lauren Herbst, Cheyenne Vincent, Claire Megehee, Jessica Duncan, Elena Hutson, Julia Arnold, Maddy Childress and Emma Stewart.
The State Swimming Championships are July 29-30 at the Birmingham CrossPlex.