The pool and day were both full this past Saturday at the Morgan County Aquatic Center where Eastside High School, Clarke Central High School and Athens Academy came to Madison to compete in the first home swim meet of the season. It was a day of improvement for the Morgan County swimmers as they continue to work toward their goals of qualifying for the State Competition in 2018. Swim Coach Susan Courchaine was optimistic about the results of the meet. She said, “We did OK and some swimmers, especially our newest ones, achieved personal bests.”
The team has been battling illness and, according to Courchaine, has yet to get fully recovered. “Illness was still a problem for us this week. We haven’t been able to get all of our boys together for a meet yet, and some of the girls came and tried to swim, but weren’t feeling their best,” she commented.
Despite these issues there were a number of swimmers who had their coach excited. “I was impressed with Aric Hartman and Rose Kuntz who made big improvements this week.” High scorers for the Swim Dogs were Grace Alexander and Lily Courchaine on the girls’ side while John Cardwell and John Degonia continue to lead the boys.
Morgan has their next meet in Gainesville on Dec. 2, but Couchaine says a number of the swimmers will be missing due to other extracurricular activities that were planned. She sees the next month as a time for improvement. “For the next three weeks, we are going to focus on improving our technique and effort in practices. We plan to come back bigger and stronger for our rematch with Eastside on Dec. 9. I’m expecting to see some exciting performances at the Clarke-Oconee Invitational Dec. 16. We still have lots of work to do.”
Morgan had a number of swimmers scoring points in the event.