Tax commissioners grandson signs with Alabama

Published 6:22 am Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hunter Hinson, a senior at Brookwood School in Thomasville and grandson of Decatur Counrty Tax Commissioner Don Belcher, signed a swimming scholarship recently with the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.

Hinson, son of Lofley and Barbara Hinson of Cairo, swam for Coach Terry Maul’s Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club (ATAC) swim team and competed in statewide competitive swimming for Brookwood.

He competed in December at the Junior Nationals in Columbus, Ohio and made the finals in the 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard butterfly.

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As a senior art Brookwood he set a record in the 100-yard butterfly in Georgia Association of Independent Schools (GAIS) competition, breaking a 14-year record.

He also broke his own record in the 200-yard freestyle, maintained his 500-yard freestyle record and was named All-American in the 100-yard butterfly.

Last year, Hinson and Jackson Brannon, who is now a junior at Brookwood, brought home the second place trophy in the GAIS state meet. In February, Hinson and Brannon placed fifth overall in the boys division.