Since being reclassified as a large team in 2016, Scottsboro Swim Association has had a tall mountain to climb to earn a trophy at the State Meet. It’s a given that Madison will take first, and there are a lot of teams from larger cities competing for the second- and third-place trophies.
In this year’s meet held in Opelika, Madison once again came out on top with 3852 points. Prattville placed second with 1460 points. SSA gave Auburn a battle for third place, but ultimately fell short as Auburn scored 1,304 points to Scottsboro’s 1,169.
However, the Wet ‘n’ Wildcats managed to hold off Boaz (1,067), Cullman (1,039) and Dothan (978) and 23 other teams to place fourth overall.
Scottsboro qualified 63 swimmers for State (34 in individual events, 29 more in relay events), an amazing total for a town its size and a testament to the quality of coaching from head coach Diane Richard, Matt Brewer, Lauren Williams and Mark Richard.
The Wildcats came away with seven gold medals in 86 events. Cullen Roberts, Maggie Ella Robbins and Kyle Vosen each earned two individual golds.
Roberts took first in the 11-12 Boys 50-yard Fly and 100 Individual Medley. Robbins had team record swims in all three events, including her gold medal swims in the 13-14 Girls 50 Fly and 100 IM.
Vosen earned gold in the 15-18 Boys 50 Breast and 100 IM (another team record), and anchored the gold medal-winning 15-18 Boys Freestyle Relay with Tony Pereira, Zach Beason and Staton Robbins, which earned an upset win from 4th seed.
Silver medalists for the Wildcats were Ryder Linville (8-Under Boys 25 Backstroke and 25 Breaststroke), Izzy Nelson (8-Under Girls 25 Breaststroke), Roberts (11-12 Boys 100 Free), Robbins (13-14 Girls 50 Breaststroke) and Vosen (15-18 Boys 50 Backstroke).
Bronze medalists were Arlen Parr (10-Under Boys 50 fly), Lily Turlington (10-Under Girls 50 Breaststroke), Zach Beason (15-18 Boys 50 Breaststroke) and Tony Pereira (15-18 Boys 50 Free).
Scottsboro’s 31 individual medals also included swimmers who placed fourth through sixth, which included Olyvia Stone (three), Nelson, Linville, Parr (two), Turlington (two), Paige Giles, Pereira, Joseph Gardner, Clay Giles, and Bethany Dugan.
Swimmers who scored with Top-16 finishes were Eli Armour, Miles Hodges, Ada Benson, Cora White, Dylan Phillips, Ben Bradford, Zach Strogov, Noah Linville, John Sanders and Jessica Vincent.
Also swimming well as individual event qualifiers were Morelia Calderon-Diaz, Baylie Giles, Trip Nelson, Amelia Armour, Jake Benson, Brady Peek, Harrison Stone, Diana Swain, Staton Robbins, Creed Wooden and Katharyn Sanders.
Swimmers who were part of valuable relay teams were Jacob Fanning, Sydni Lee, Destiny Lewis, Preston Worley, Les White, Craft Sanders, Kate Gomez, Alice Merck, Grayson Gattis, Shelton Linville, Gabe Lyle, Abby Ray, Sarah Vance, Anna Leigh Gossett, Rebekah Riddle, Lily Robertson, Tanner Gossett, Abram Peek, Will Rogers, Cheyenne Vincent, Jessica Duncan, Morgan Guttridge, Taylor Guttridge, Shane Miley Edwards, Nina Gardner, Annabella Edwards, Linda Rudder, Holder Benson, Drake Linville and Carter Hodges.
SSA will take the month of August off while the SHS Swim Team hits the water, before returning after Labor Day for another fall/winter season in USA Swimming.