Preliminaries for the Class A-AAAAA meet will be held this morning. The Class AAAAAA preliminaries will be held this afternoon. Class AAAAAA diving will be held on Saturday morning and the swimming finals that afternoon.
Etowah will be the only team in the county represented by a diver. Madison Duvall will try to improve upon her eight place finish from a year ago. The lack of divers in the county prevents schools from earning points in that category and competing for the state title as a team.
Etowah coach Victoria Richards thinks her girls team can match its fourth place finished from last season.
“We’re returning a lot of the same swimmers from last year and they are positioned about the same place they were last year, so that’s good news.” said Richards. “Hopefully Madison can move up a little bit in diving, which would help us out.”
Etowah qualified seven girls and three relays.
Among the Lady Eagle qualifiers are Finley Billings (200 free, 500 free), Lauren Oglesby (200 free, 500 free), Taylor Weiss (200 IM, 100 butterfly), Megan Young (200 IM, 100 backstroke), Katie Taylor (100 free).
Hannah Martin qualified in the 100 backstroke and Ira Vogt will swim the 100 breaststroke.
The Lady Eagles will swim the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay.
Etowah will only have two boys – Dylan Villhauer and Austin Hoyt— competing this year. Both will swim the 50 free. Hoyt will also swim the 100 butterfly, while Villhauer will swim the 100 free. The pair will also team with Craig Wineman and Cameron Hutto in the 200 freestyle relay.
The Etowah boys finished 15th last season, but won’t be taking as many swimmers to the meet. Woodstock’s girls finished 13th and the boys were 24th.
Woodstock coach J.T. Gillin thinks his team can improve upon its finish last year. The Wolverines have added depth they didn’t have in the past with seven swimmers qualifying and six relay teams.
“We are looking pretty good,” said Gillin, who said several of his swimmers are poised to get into the finals. “We are kind of excited to see what they can do.”
Qualifying as individuals were Dalton Baxter (200 free, 500 free), Lauren Case (200 free, 100 butterfly), Judson Robertson (200 IM), Kaley Austin (200 IM, 100 breaststroke), Megan O’Meara (50 free), Alarii Levrault-Lopez (100 butterfly) and Madison Tank (100 free).
Woodstock will have both girls and boys teams in the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay.
Cherokee did not have any athlete qualify.
Creekview, Sequoyah and River Ridge will all be represented in the Class A-AAAAA meet. Last year the Sequoyah boys, who placed eighth, were the only county school in the top 10.
The Chiefs lead the group with six relays and five individual qualifiers. Some swimmers, including twins Jack and Ben Syers and Rachel Pelzek and Kristin Kosloski are entered in four events including relays.
Sequoyah junior Jack Syers and sophomore Pelzek qualified in the 100 free. Pelzek will also compete in the 200 free, while Syers will be in the 100 backstroke along with River Ridge’s Austin Maxwell.
Creekview’s Stone Peterson will compete in the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly. Ben Syers will also compete in that event.
River Ridge qualified a pair of girls, Kimberly Hayes and Katie Brown in the 100 backstroke.
Creekview’s Brittany Creasy and Sequoya’s Sophie Roy both qualified in the 200 IM. Creasy will also compete in the 500 free.
Sequoyah’s Ben Syers and Lauren Wallin will compete in the 50 free as will Sequoyah’s Kristin Kosloski. A junior, Keslowski will also compete in the 100 breaststroke.
River Ridge’s Chantal LaFlamme qualified in the 100 breaststroke.
Sequoyah will also have teams in the boys 200 yard medley, boys 500 freestyle, girls 200 yard medley, boys 200 freestyle, girls 500 freestyle and girls 200 freestyle relays.
The Creekview and River Ridge girls also have teams in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.