Being short-handed did not prevent the Scottsboro High School swim teams from posting wins on Tuesday.

The Scottsboro varsity girls and boys swim teams both finished first in the Class 1A-5A standings during the Bob Jones Invitational at Dublin Park in Madison.

“Most swimmers achieved dropping time and we brought home a 1A-5A win,” said Scottsboro head coach Shalyn Benson, “so it was a good night.”

Scottsboro led the 1A-5A girls standings with 65 points, 12 more than Madison Academy and 48 in front of Arab. In the 1A-5A boys standings, Scottsboro totaled 57 points while Madison Academy had 30 and Arab 27. In the combined 1A-5A/6A-7A standings, the Scottsboro girls finished third and the SHS boys were fourth.

“We have a couple of athletes that play other sports and this was a night that we scheduled for them to participate in their other activities,” Benson said. “We were down a few swimmers from that and some others that were sick, so we only has 23 swimming individual events. We were able to enter in a few extra relay teams to get some good experience.” 

The Scottsboro girls team had 13 top-10 finishes. The best finish came from Scottsboro’s 200-yard Freestyle relay team of Kathryn Sanders, Paige Giles, Jessica Vincent and Olyvia Stone. They teamed up for a runner-up finish with a time of 1:52.30. Scottsboro also got a ninth-place finish (2:14.88) in the event from the team of Lily Robertson, Paige Meghee, Maddy Childers and Mary Cook and an 11th-place finish (2:35.77) from the team of Makenna Worley, Kimberly Calderon-Diaz, Ashton Baker and Lydia Cook.

The relay team of Vincent, Stone, Giles and Sanders (2:09.93) finished fifth while the team of Sarah Vance, Shelton McCormack, Calderon-Diaz and Cheyenne Vincent were 10th (2:30.14) in the 200-yard Medley relay and the team of Mary Cook, Vance, McCormack and Cheyenne Vincent were fifth (4:54.10) in the 400-yard Freestyle relay.

Jessica Vincent had Scottsboro’s top individual finish, placing fourth in the 100-yard Freestyle (1:01.17). She also placed ninth (2:19.28) in the 200-yard Freestyle. Sanders finished fifth (27.80 seconds) in 50-yard Freestyle and eighth (1:04.17) in the 100 Freestyle and Giles finished sixth (1:13.25) in the 100 Butterfly and eighth (27.60) in the 50 Freestyle while Cheyenne Vincent was fourth (1:20.71) and Makenna Worley seventh (1:38.83) respectively in the 100 Breaststroke.

Meanwhile, the SHS boys had eight top-10 finishes. John David Sanders in the 50-yard Freestyle (24.42) and Tony Pereira in the 100 free style (51.92) both recorded second-place finishes. Pereira also finished third (57.09) in the 100 Butterfly and John David Sanders placed sixth (55.77) in the 100 Freestyle. Luke Armour finished seventh (1:16.37) in the 100 Butterfly.

The SHS boys relay teams recorded three top-five finishes. Armour, Parker Peach, Andrew Stevenson and Jake Vance posted a fourth-place finish (5:08.23) in the 400-yard Freestyle relay while Pereira, John David Sanders, Gabriel Lyle and Harrison Stone finished fifth (2:03.23) in the 200-yard Medley Relay. Armour, Lyle, Pereira and John David Sanders finished fifth (1:46.70) in the 200 Freestyle Relay while Joseph Gardner, Jake Vance, Preston Worley and Harrison Stone finished 11th (2:17.35).

Scottsboro returns to action when it hosts a triple duel with Guntersville, Bob Jones and Westminster Christian on Oct. 4 at the Rec*Com.

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