Swim Dogs Looking for Big Things in January

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By R. Alan Richardson

Sports Editor

Morgan County competed in the Clarksville Invitational Swim Meet this past weekend and sprinted to a second place finish out of 11 teams.  Coach Susan Courchaine said, “Now that we are into the third month of swim season, nearly all of the swimmers saw huge improvements in their times. All of the long practice hours spent in the pool are starting to pay off.”

The boys 200 Free Relay qualified for the state meet. Members of the relay are: John Cardwell, John Degonia, Zac Seymour, and Drei Waszgis. This is the first boys’ team from MCHS to qualify for State in any event!  They also finished first place in that event.

Other first place winners were:

Grace Alexander 100

Breaststroke

Ellie Conn in 200 Free

Lily Courchaine in 500

Free

John Degonia in 200 IM

and 100 Breaststroke

Other notable performances included:

Drei Waszgis, second in

50 Free

Lily Courchaine, third in

50  Free

Lauren Bone, second in

100 Fly

John Cardwell, second in

100  Free and 100 Back

Bryce Edwards, third in

100  Free

Ellie Conn, second in 100

Free

Zac Seymour, second in

500  Free

Jade Spell, second in 100

Breaststroke

Some of the biggest improvements were:

Aric Hartman, dropped nearly 8 seconds in 100 Backstroke

Sydney Stephens, dropped 4 seconds in 100 Breaststroke

Rebecca Kelly, dropped 3 seconds in 200 Free

Noah Harris, dropped 3 seconds in 100 Free

Joseph LeClair, dropped 2 seconds in Breaststroke

The next meet will be an invitational hosted by Eastside on January 7th at Morgan County Aquatic Center. Several of the swimmers are closing in on state times.  Courchaine is positive about the season saying, “We are expecting some big performances in January.”

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