Swimmers and Divers place at Boys State Championship in Auburn
Published 3:55 pm Monday, December 5, 2022
By LAUREN SEXTON | Sports Reporter
AUBURN – Spain Park, Briarwood, Oak Mountain and Thompson all competed in the Swimming and Diving State Competition held at Auburn University. Swimmers who received qualifying times at Prelims on Friday, Dec 2, advanced to the championship on Saturday, Dec. 3.
The Spain Park Jaguars placed 16 overall out of the 35 schools that competed in Auburn.
Spain Park placed 12th in the Boys 200-yard Medley relay. Otto McCay, William Russel, Carter Jacobsen and Ashwin Revanna finished with a time of 1:47:46 on Saturday, just one second slower than their prelim qualifying time.
Russel continued to make a splash at Auburn after his prelim 2:07.70 earned him a spot in the 200-yard Medley championship. Russel jumped from 14th place to 11th in the state competition with his final time of 2:04.03.
McCay’s time of 2:12.79 from prelims in the 200-yard medley may have earned him an alternate spot in the final race, however, McCay placed 18th overall.
Jordan Phillips, Eisuke Adachi, Christian Corgill and Jacobsen finished in 14th place for the 200-yard Freestyle relay both in the prelims and finals. The relay’s final time was 1:39.71.
Russell finished in 11th place with a time of 1:01.44 in the 100-yard Breastroke for the Jaguars.
Corgill, Revanna, McCay and Williams finished the championship for Spain Park after placing 13th in the 400-yard Freestyle relay. The final time for the relay was 3:35.73.
The Briarwood Lions finished in 17th place after the team’s performance at prelims and finals.
David Carroll, Jackson Cooke, Andrew Groves and Brandon Dixon placed 14th in both the prelims and finals for the 200-yard Medley relay. The relay shaved over four seconds off their finals time going from 1:57.54 to finishing at 1:53.28.
Grooves placed fifth overall in the state for the 200-yard IM. Groves cut down his time from 1:58.80 to 1:57.68. He also finished in ninth place in the 100-yard Butterfly shortly after. Groves’ final time was 52.27.
Carroll, Cooke, Groves and Dixon competed again in the 200-yard Freestyle relay. The relay finished in 18th place with a time of 1:41.63.
The Thompson Warriors’ Football team was not the only athletic team competing in Auburn that week. Thompson’s swim team placed 27th in the state.
Junior London Willey represented the Warriors in the 50-yard Freestyle and the 100-yard Breaststroke. Willey finished in 12th place in the Freestyle with a time of 23.05 and 12th place in the Breastroke timing at 1:02.87 at finals.
The Oak Mountain Eagles placed 32nd in the state for the Class 6A-7A Division.
Chase Pollard was one of the alternates fortunate enough to compete in the 50-yard Freestyle. At prelims, Pollard finished in 17th place with a time of 23.96. He stepped in the following day and placed 16th timing at 23.57.
Pollard competed in the 100-yard Butterfly in his final event at Auburn. At prelims, he placed 14th with a time of 55.40. Cutting his time by a little over a second at finals resulted in Pollard finishing in 11th place.