BHS swimmers strong at region meet

Published 2:38 pm Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Bainbridge High School Bearcats and Lady Cats swim team completed a successful season with what coach Jimmy Harris called a strong effort at the Region 1AAAA Meet.

“We have had a great season and I am very proud of this group of young men and women for all of their hard work and dedication,” Harris said following the teams’ performance in the Region 1AAAA Meet, held Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Darton College in Albany.

Harris further pointed out that the swimmers were dedicated not only to the best they could be in the pool, but also in the way they represented their school and community.

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Teams taking part in the Region 1AAAA Meet, in addition to Bainbridge, were host Lee County, Hardaway of Columbus, Houston County, Northside of Columbus, Northside of Warner Robins and Thomas County Central.

The Bearcats 200-meter medley relay team of Jackson Jones, who swam the back stroke, Zach McConnell, who swam the breast stroke, Lucas Nesmith, who swam the butterfly, and Alex Hughes, who swam the freestyle, finished second with a time of 1:55.51.

Bearcat Will Dozier, swimming in his first 200-meter freestyle, finished 12th with a time of 3:09.18.

Lucas Nesmith swam home third in the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:20.62. Bearcat teammates Alex Hughes and Jackson Jones swam home 10th and 11th in the 50-meter freestyle with times of 25.58 and 25.99.

In the girls 50-meter freestyle, Lady Cats Hillary Barfield, Autumn Chestnut and Sarah Bush finished 17th, 43rd and 45th with times of 32.84, 36.76 and 37.06. There were 67 entrants in the event.

Bearcats Alex Hughes and Jackson Jones finished fourth and seventh in the 100-meter freestyle with times of 57.18 and 101.94. Jackson Jones, Zach McConnell, Lucas Nesmith and Alex Hughes finished fifth in the 200-meter freestyle relay with a time of 1:47.63.

Lucas Nesmith and Will Dozier finished third and 11th in the 100-meter backstroke with times of 1:06.08 and 1:44.84.

Sarah Bush finished 11th in the 100-meter back stroke with a time of 1:34.84.

Zach McConnell finished second in the 100-meter breaststroke in a time of 1:08.58. Hillary Barfield and Autumn Chestnut finished seventh and 12th in the 100-meter breaststroke with times of 1:32.43 and 1;46.87.