BIRMINGHAM — Competing this past weekend in the large team category for the first time at the ARPA State Swimming Championships, SSA was expecting a dogfight for the second- and third-place trophies.
Although the Wildcats unexpectedly outswam Auburn, Prattville managed to edge past Scottsboro in the final events to finish with 1,441 points. Scottsboro placed third with 1,380 points, with Auburn, Boaz, Cullman and six others trailing.
Sheffield and Eufaula won the medium and small team divisions respectively.
Individually, 15 SSA swimmers came away with medals for top-six finishes, and 35 swimmers scored by placing in the Top-16 in an event.
Maggie Ella Robbins and Ryder Linville each won two gold medals. Robbins took first place in the 11-12 Girls 50-yard Breaststroke and 50-yard Fly, the latter in a team record 27.90 seconds that is the fastest time that ANY Scottsboro girl has achieved, at any age. Robbins also placed second in the 100 Freestyle with another team record time of 56.77.
Linville won the 6-Under Boys 25 Free and 25 Back and also placed fourth in the 8-Under Boys 25 Breaststroke despite battling strep throat.
Kyle Vosen won the 15-18 Boys 100 IM, shattering the team record with a 53.19. Vosen was edged by 0.08 to place second in the 50 Breaststroke, and placed second in the 100 Freestyle despite another team record (47.85).
Les White came away with a surprise silver medal in the 8-Under Boys 25 Breaststroke.
Kyla Reichle earned bronze in the 13-14 Girls 50 Back and also placed fourth in the 50 Freestyle and 50 Fly, the latter with a team record time of 28.61. Zach Strogov won bronze in the 8-Under Boys 50 Freestyle and came away with fourth- and fifth-place medals in the 25 Backstroke and 25 Freestyle. Scottsboro’s final bronze medals came from Grayson Gattis (9-10 Girls 50 Breast) and Zach Beason (15-18 Boys 50 Breast). Ben Gossett placed fourth in the 13-14 Boys 50 Free and 50 Back as well as fifth in the 50 Fly. Bethany Dugan took fourth in the 15-18 Girls 50 Back and also placed sixth in the 100 IM. Ayden Mashburn claimed fourth place medal in the 8-Under Boys 100 IM.
Also medaling for Scottsboro were Noah Linville, Linda Rudder, Baylie Giles and Arlen Parr. Among the swimmers who also scored in the individual events were Craft Sanders, Tony Pereira, Harrison Stone, Dylan Phillips, Izzy Nelson, Lily Turlington, Ashton Childress, Clay Giles, Jessica Vincent, Maddie Gossett, Jordan Sosebee, Kimberly Calderon-Diaz, Rex Green, Kate Coleman, Aiden Goggans, Morelia Calderon-Diaz, Stephanie Bradbury, Carter Hodges and Taylor Bell.
Relay points were huge for the Wildcats, none more valuable than the gold medal efforts from the 8-Under Boys Medley Relay (Zach Strogov, Ryder Linville, Craft Sanders and Ayden Mashburn) and the upset win by the 6-Under Girls Freestyle Relay (Morelia Calderon-Diaz, Cora White, Linda Rudder and Baylie Giles).
The 8-Under Boys squad of Strogov, Les White, Sanders and Mashburn took silver in the freestyle relay.
Bronze medal relay squads were the 13-14 Boys Medley Relay (Ben Gossett, Noah Linville, Abram Peek and Clay Giles) and the 15-18 Boys Medley Relay (Kyle Vosen, Zach Beason, Cole Cooper and Tony Pereira). Many relay team member contributed to points for the team, including Keyton Allen, Dylan Philips, Ava Kahler, Render Pierce, Nina Gardner, Ben Bradford, Ansel Goggans, River Green, Joseph Gardner, Gabe Lyle, Christian Swain, Paige Giles, Abby Ray, Shelton Linville, Rebekah Riddle, Diana Swain, Paige Megehee, Sarah Vance, Staton Robbins, Creed Wooden, Will Rogers, Jacob Megehee, Katharyn Sanders, Lauren Herbst, Cheyenne Vincent, Claire Megehee, Emma Stewart, Caroline Sanders, Maddy Childress, Makenna Worley, Elena Hudson, Eli Armour, Miles Hodges, Trip Nelson, Brayden Bell, Tanner Gossett, Jake Vance and John Sanders.
SSA will hold its awards banquet Saturday at Goose Pond Civic Center and then rest for the remainder of the month before returning in September to start their USA Swimming fall/winter season.