Scottsboro’s Wet ‘n’ Wildcats went 7-3 in dual meets this summer, including tough losses on the road to Cullman and Boaz at less than full strength.
At this weekend’s District 2 Championships in Albertville, SSA hopes to continue a 10-year string of runner-up finishes to perennial state champion Madison.
The event begins today and concludes Saturday at the Albertville Rec Center.
In order to do so they will have to turn the tables against these two teams.
Preliminary seedings reveal that Scottsboro and Cullman are essentially tied, although the Cats are expected to finish comfortably ahead of Boaz. However, the Wildcats typically exceed their seedings at district, and combined with a new training regimen, the team is optimistic about continuing their streak.
Maggie Ella Robbins and Kyle Vosen lead Scottsboro — both are undefeated this summer. Robbins will swim the 13-14 Girls 100-yard Individual Medley, 50-yard Breaststroke and 50 Fly while Vosen will tackle the 15-18 Boys 100-yard IM, 50-yard Breast and 50-yard Backstroke.
Among the more pleasant surprises for SSA this summer have been Cullen Roberts and Izzy Nelson, both of whom have lost only once. Roberts enters district as the top seed in the 11-12 Boys 50 Fly and 100 Freestyle while Nelson is the top seed in the 8-Under Girls 25 Breaststroke and 25 Free, and closing in on team record times in both events.
Also boasting No. 1 seeds at district are Lily Turlington (9-10 Girls 50 Breaststroke), Ryder Linville (8-Under Boys 25 Backstroke) and Arlen Parr (9-10 Boys 50 Backstroke).
Joseph Gardner, Noah Linville, Bethany Dugan, Miles Hodges, Eli Armour and Zach Strogov all claim at least one top 3 seed, and Scottsboro has numerous swimmers seeded to score with top 8 finishes.
Scottsboro also has 3 relays squads seeded second in the 9-10 Boys, 13-14 Girls and 15-18 Boys.
SSA is expected to open strong on Day 1 in the IM, short freestyle, breaststroke and medley relay, but will have to hold off Cullman in the long freestyle and freestyle relay events on Day 2.
Swimmers qualify for the ARPA State Championship in Opelika if they swim a qualifying time and place 16th or higher. The top-nine relay teams in each age group also advance.