Six ‘Swim Cats’ win medals at region meet
By LEE BUSH
Special to The Post-Searchlight
The BHS Swim Team wrapped up their season on Thursday night with a banquet at First United Methodist Church.
At the region meet, held Jan. 30 at Darton College in Albany, Ga., the BHS boys team placed third and the BHS girls team placed fourth.
First-season Coach Greta Conner thanked the parents for all of their efforts in supporting the program.
“I couldn’t be prouder of this group of kids – their dedication to practice and team work is exceptional,” Coach Conner said. “There were 13 first year swimmers this year and ten swimmers returning from last year.”
Every one of the BHS swimmers set a personal best time in their respective events at the recent region swim competition, Conner said.
The 2012-2013 BHS Swim Team members were Kay Bush, Taylor Bush, Erin Caplan, Autumn Chestnut, Jordan Graham, Carla Hernandez, Madison Hughes, Madison Hutchins, Caroline New, Emily New, Lynsey Waddell, Ramsay Chambers, Eric Conner, Grayson Graham, Matthew Green, Carson Harrell, Chase Harris, Hema Hasona, Nour Hasona, Tanner Jackson, Josh Moorhead, Noah Thorn and Perry Waddell.
Coach Conner presented medals to six Bainbridge swimmers who earned gold or silver placement at the Regional Swim meet were: Kay Bush (Silver, 200 Yard Backstroke), Lynsey Waddell (Silver, 200 Yard Breaststroke), Eric Conner (Gold, 500 Yard Freestyle and Silver – 200 Yard Individual Medley). Also, the Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay team, comprised of Eric Conner, Hema Hasona, Josh Morehead, and Matthew Green, won a silver medal.
Coach Conner expressed appreciation to BHS Principal Tommie Howell, Athletic Director Stan Killough and athletic trainer Peter Mayfield for their support and presence at the season’s swim meets. Appreciation was also expressed to Bainbridge YMCA Athletic Director Jimmy Holton for allowing the BHS Swim Team to practice at the YMCA’s facility for four days each week. Thanks were also given to the YMCA for allowing BHS to host a swim competition against Westover High School at the YMCA’s pool on Jan. 25.
BHS Swim Team Captains Caroline New and Noah Thorn, along with fellow seniors Ramsay Chambers and Tanner Jackson, presented Coach Conner an autographed team picture following recognition of the four seniors.