Sunday, May 28, 2006

Youth Movement at Excel

10 Year Old Girls Excel at Stars and Stripes Swim Meet

May 28, 2006……In a fitting tribute to Memorial Day Weekend, 445 Swimmers from 18 teams spreading over 3 States converged on the annual Excel Aquatics’ Stars and Stripes Meet in Brentwood TN.

Leading the way in time drops for swimmers from Hendersonville and Sumner County were three 10 year old girls, Alyson Gomer, Madison Kolbe, and Paige Scheriger; all competing for Excel Aquatics, a nationally ranked year round swim team. Scheriger added to her total of Southeastern Swimming Long Course Championship Meet Qualifying Times with two new cuts, bringing her total number of events she has qualified in to 10. Kolbe achieved her first Long Course cut with a great performance in the 50 Meter Breaststroke. Gomer burst onto the Long Course scene in her first meet, narrowly missing a cut in the 100 Meter Freestyle.

“All three of these young girls spent the past year training with Hendersonville resident, Coach AJ Miley.” Assistant Coach John Barnes commented. “They did great this past school year and will continue to improve as they transition over to train under former Romanian National Champion, Andreea Ianoli-Mitrofan in the Fall. We wish them luck as they time this summer to compete for either Indian Lake or Cages Bend starting next month.”

Brittany Zobl, a rising Sumner Academy 7th Grader from Hendersonville, continued adding to her SES Qualifying times with a cut in the 50 Free, to go along with her cuts in the 50 Backstroke and 100 Backstroke. John Mainland, a rising Ellis Middle School 8th Grader, placed in the Top 16 of the 11&12 Boys category in the 50 Backstroke, 100 Backstroke, and the 50 Breaststroke. Jimmy Joe Boone, a rising Sumner Academy 6th Grader from Hendersonville, had significant time drops in 5 of his 7 events, continuing to show considerable improvement over the past year.

Lauren Gilroy, a rising Ellis Middle School 8th Grader, achieved new SES Qualifying times in the 13&14 Girls 100 Backstroke and 200 Backstroke.

Others Sumner County swimmers competing for Excel Aquatics in the Stars and Stripes meet include JPII High School students Haley George, Katherine George, and Katie Mize. Former HHS swimming standout Kyle Lee also competed, continuing on his training schedule to prepare for his upcoming swimming career at the University of Alabama. For more information on Excel Aquatics, visit

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