By Tia Lynn Lecorchick Managing Editor
The Morgan County High School Swim Dogs are entering the peak season with a series of swim meets beginning in late December throughout the beginning of February. The girls and boys teams are looking forward to the upcoming matches. “The Morgan County Swim Dogs are coming into the heart of their season. They have four meets scheduled in the next five weeks leading up to the state meet,” said Kathryn Cardwell, booster club president for the swim team. “This will be an exciting time for the swimmers, who will get to see the benefits of their hard work as their swim times drop,” said Coach Steve DeLaigle. This year, the team’s theme is “Rule the Pool.” For this season’s group photo, the team donned tiaras and crowns to symbolize their “rule” over the pool. “I think they are doing great, we have a lot of new swimmers, but it takes time to get up to speed…The next few meets will really show how hard these swimmers have worked and how much they have improved,” said Cardwell. Depending on how the Swim Dogs perform at the next four meets will determine how many MCHS swimmers will qualify for the state competition in February. So far, only one MCHS swimmer has qualified, Mary Claire Cardwell. “It’s great to see Mary qualify,” said Kathryn Cardwell, Mary’s mother. “She just loves to swim. We are proud of her. She works very hard, so it’s nice to see her accomplishments.” The teams’ coaches are hopeful that more swimmers will qualify during the upcoming meets. “We are looking forward to several more swimmers qualifying to swim at High School State,” said Coach Susan Courchaine. The Swim Dogs are set to compete at the University of Georgia’s Gabrielson Natatorium in Athens on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 2 pm.