The 2016 edition of Scottsboro Swim Association’s Wet ‘n’ Wildcats’ summer off to a great start with a convincing 537-94 victory over the visiting Fort Payne Aquacats Tuesday night at the Scottsboro Rec*Com.
Zachary Strogov, Jordan Sosebee, Maggie Ella Robbins, Ben Gossett, Kyla Reichle and Kyle Vosen paced the Wildcats by sweeping all three of their individual events.
SSA swimmers who notched two individual wins were Ryder Linville, Morelia Calderon-Diaz, Craft Sanders, Izzy Nelson, Aiden Goggans, Grayson Gattis, Kimberly Calderon-Diaz, Brady Peek and Olyvia Stone.
Single event winners were Baylie Giles, Ayden Mashburn, Hannah Grace Shelton, Ava Kahler, River Green, Ashton Childress, Gabe Lyle, Jessica Vincent, Shelton Linville, Maddie Gossett, Abram Peek, Sarah Vance, Staton Robbins, Tony Pereira and Zach Beason.
Scottsboro also won all but one of the relay events.
Seventeen additional SSA swimmers scored points with second- or third-place finishes.
SSA head coach Diane Richard said many new swimmers enjoyed an excellent first outing. Richard singled out Render Pierce, Luke Armour, Alice Merck, Samara Cornelison, Amelia Armour, Diana Swain, Rebekah Riddle, Abby Ray and Wesley Connor for strong swims, with Swain, Ray and Amelia Armour scoring points in their first summer meet.
Assistant Matt Brewer was excited to see how well his 6-and-under and 8U units looked as well, noting that SSA’s 6U Girls have a chance to be special.
Scottsboro will get a much better measure of where it stands to night when they host the Boaz Barracudas, who were the 2014 State champs and runners-up to SSA last summer.