SwimCats make splash at Region meet
Published 3:19 pm Tuesday, February 5, 2019
The Bainbridge High SwimCats competed in the Region 1-AAAAA swim meet in Harris County on Thursday, Jan. 31. The SwimCats returned with three individual region championships, two relay region championships, and the Lady SwimCats are the Region 1-AAAAA Champions.
Emily Chambers is the Region Champion in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. Paige Overman is the Region Champion in the 500 freestyle. The medley relay of Sandy Baker, Paige Overman, Katie Campbell, and Emily Chambers are the Region Champions and the 400 freestyle relay of Katie Campbell, Madison Mills, Sandy Baker and Emily Chambers are the Region Champions.
Other lady swimmers also contributed to the Region win by scoring points for the team. Individually, Sandy Baker placed third in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 backstoke; Ashlyn Brock placed sixth in the 200 freestyle and 4th in the 100 backstroke; Paige Overman placed second in the 200 I.M.; Viviana Schuyler placed 4th in the 200 I.M. and 6th in the 500 freestyle; Madison Mills placed 2nd in the 50 freestyle and 3rd in the 100 freestyle; Katie Campbell placed 3rd in the 100 butterfly and 2nd in the 100 freestyle; Sarah Kaylee Wynn placed 7th in the 100 butterfly; Mackenzie Thomas placed 4th in the 100 breaststroke; and Maloree Inlow placed 5th in the 100 breaststroke. Relays that scored points were the medley relay of Ashlyn Brock, Maloree Inlow, Viviana Schuyler, and Sarah Kaylee Wynn who placed 5th, the 200 free relay of Sarah Kaylee Wynn, Paige Overman, Alex Riche, and Madison Mills who placed 4th; and the 400 free relay of Viviana Schuyler, Ashlyn Brock, Alex Riche, and Sarah Kaylee Wynn who placed 3rd.
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For the male SwimCats, many swimmers also scored points for the team. Individually, Blake Lowe placed 4th in the 200 freestyle and 5th in the 500 freestyle; Stokes Moore placed 8th in the 200 I.M. and 8th in the 500 freestyle; Branch Butler placed 5th in the 100 butterfly and 7th in the 100 backstroke;Griffin Perkins placed 8th in the 100 butterfly; Austin Aldridge placed 8th in the 100 freestyle; John Willis Maples placed 4th in the 100 breaststroke; and Hayden Martin placed 8th in the 100 breaststroke. Relays that scored points were the A medley relay of Branch Butler, John Willis Maples, David Long, and Austin Aldridge who placed 4th; the B medley relay of Griffin Perkins, Hayden Martin, Stokes Moore, and Joe Emmons who placed 8th; the A 200 free relay of Joe Emmons, Branch Butler, Blake Lowe and David Long who placed 5th, and the B 200 free relay of Hayden Martin, Jonathan Farrington, Tom Emmons, and Griffin Perkins who placed sixth; and the A 400 free relay of Stokes Moore, Blake Lowe, John Willis Maples, and Austin Aldridge who placed 5th and the B 400 free relay of Griffin Perkins, Hayden Martin, Jonathan Farrington, and Joe Emmons who placed 6th.
Coaches Campbell and Durham are really proud of the team.
It has been an unusual season with the hurricane preventing two weeks of practice. With no year-round swimmers, winning a region title is quite an accomplishment. It was imperative that every swimmer do his or her best to be competitive and that is what this year’s teams were able to accomplish.