Carrollton Junior High School is sending the largest contingent with 16 swimmers, while Bremen Middle School is sending eight and Central Middle School is attending for the first time, sending five to the event. All three schools have swimmers seeded in the top 16. The top 16 qualifiers from the morning’s preliminaries will advance into he finals that evening.
Carrollton is working toward improving on its seventh-place finish last year, while Bremen is attempting to put its first individual swimmer into the finals in its fourth year at the meet and Central is a first-time competitor on the championship stage. Saturday’s action wraps up the year for the middle school season, which began back in October.
The Carrollton Bluefin swim team has enjoyed success over the winter months, recently taking part in a 16-team meet in Atlanta, where it finished in fifth place on Jan. 11-13.
Recording first-place efforts were Joshua Grover, Hanna Lee, Jewell Burson and Brooke Groves, including Grover capturing five individual victories. Grover also had five second-place finishes, one third and one fourth.
Lee and Groves each also had a second-place showing, along with one third. Lee recorded two fourth-place finishes, as well. Donald Sener captured a runner-up finish and a third-place effort, while Burson added a third and fourth-place finish and Nicole Waldo also posted a third. Harper Minor rounded out the top-four finishers for the Bluefins with a pair of fourth-place efforts.
Grover has stayed busy in recent months, taking part in the 2012 Georgia Senior State Meet at Georgia Tech in December, competing in eight events during the three-day meet. The Trojan senior qualified to swim at the NCSA Junior Nationals in Orlando on March 12-16, marking only the second Bluefin ever to do so, joining former teammate Connor Pierce.
Another Bluefin standout, Brittany Herndon, a freshman at Carrollton High School, qualified to compete at the state competition at the University of Georgia this weekend.