Spain Park swimmers compete at state championship

Published 12:00 pm Tuesday, December 12, 2023

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By ANDREW SIMONSON | Sports Editor

AUBURN – The Spain Park High School swim team competed at the 2023 AHSAA State Championships at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center on the campus of Auburn University on Dec. 1 and 2 in the 6A-7A division.

In order to qualify for the state competition, Spain Park swimmers must have achieved a state qualifying time at the 2023 Central Sectional Championship meet at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Nov. 17 and 18.

For the state championship, swimmers competed in prelims on Friday evening, Dec. 1 and the top 16 swimmers in each event were invited back to swim on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 2 in the finals.

Four Jags swimmers and four relay teams qualified for the final races, including Ella Browning, Carrie Corgill, Anna Grace Lynch and William Russell.

Russell set a pair of Spain Park team records at state thanks to a sixth-place finish in the 100-meter breast stroke and a 13th-place result in the 200-meter individual medley.

Browning had a pair of top 10 finishes in the 200-meter freestyle and 500-meter freestyle. She came in ninth place in the 500 Free and 10th in the 200 free.

Lynch took home two impressive finishes in the finals with a seventh-place finish in the 100-meter butterfly and a 12th-place result in the 100-meter breaststroke.

Corgill finished the 50-meter freestyle in ninth place to give the Jags another top-10 finisher.

In the relay races, the girls 400-yard freestyle relay team of Browning, Carrie Corgill, Lynch and Josie Corgill reached the podium with a third-place finish.

The same four Jags competed as the girls 200-yard freestyle relay team, and they set a team record in their seventh-place finish.

The boys’ 200-yard medley relay team of Eisuke Adachi, Russell, Brice Thompson and Christian Corgill came in 13th place in the finals.

In addition, the boys’ 400-yard freestyle relay team, which featured Jordan Phillips, Adachi, Christian Corgill and Russell finished in 14th place.