Saturday, January 10, 2009

Excel Hosts High School Invitational

Sumner County High Schools Excel in High School Invitational

January 10, 2009….High School Swimmers representing Pope John Paul II HS, Station Camp HS and Merrol Hyde Magnet School participated in Excel Aquatics’ High School Invitational in Brentwood. 35 high school teams comprising 453 swimmers from the Mid-State area, Memphis, and Chattanooga competed in the highly competitive meet.

“Excel hosts this meet each year as a way to show our support for the local High School swimming community and we would like to thank them for giving us this opportunity to swim”, Pope John Paul II HS Head Coach John Barnes stated. “The meet is the largest and most competitive High School Invitational Swim Meet in Middle Tennessee, and as such gives the kids a great perspective as to what they can expect at the Region Championships at the end of the month.”

12 swimmers from all 3 schools placed in the Top 16 scoring spots. Those who finished in the Top 16:

Brittany Zobl (JPII HS) – 3rd Place 50 Yard Freestyle; 12th Place 100 Yard Breaststroke.
Alek Nochowicz (JPII HS) – 4th Place 500 Yard Freestyle; 9th Place 200 Yard Freestyle.
Abbie Wood (JPII HS) – 7th Place 100 Yard Freestyle; 13th Place 50 Yard Freestyle.
Adam Castellarin (JPII HS) – 8th Place 50 Yard Freestyle; 11th Place 100 Yard Backstroke.
Bryce Anderson (SC HS) – 3rd Place 500 Yard Freestyle.
Ashley Powell (JPII HS) – 8th Place 100 Yard Breaststroke.
Samuel Geist (JPII HS) – 8th Place 500 Yard Freestyle.
Conrad Claycomb (JPII HS) – 10th Place 100 Yard Freestyle.
Tanner Graham (JPII HS) – 13th Place 500 Yard Freestyle.
Caroline McCrory (SC HS) – 15th Place 200 Yard Individual Medley.
Logan McClure (MHMS) – 16th Place 500 Yard Freestyle.
Kaley Stinnett (JPII HS) – 16th Place 100 Yard Breaststroke.

Three swimmers attained new qualifying time standards for the State High School Swimming Championships in February. Adam Castellarin added the 50 Free standard to his collection of cuts, while Samuel Geist and Tanner Graham each attained their first cut of the year, both in the 500 Yard Freestyle.

Swimming in the separate Excel Aquatics Middle School Invitational Meet on Saturday was Ellis Middle School 7th Graders Madison Kolbe and Paige Scheriger. Kolbe placed 5th in the 100 Yard Freestyle and 6th in the 100 Yard Backstroke. Scheriger placed 2nd in the 100 Yard Breaststroke and 3rd in the 100 Yard Freestyle. Addie Lim, a Merrol Hyde Magnet School 7th Grader placed 9th in the 50 Yard Freestyle and 10th in the 100 Yard Freestyle. Andrew Barnes, a Sumner Academy 7th Grader, participated in the 50 Yard Freestyle and 100 Yard Freestyle.

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