The three other swim teams present last weekend were the homestanding Macon Waves, the Baldwin Aqua Dragons and the Morgan County Marlins. At press time, results from Saturday weren’t available, but Gators assistant coach Grant Adams believes the Gators had a great showing.
“Everyone did really well at Macon, especially with it being the first meet of the season,” Adams said. “I was very impressed with the team. Many of them dropped as much as 3 seconds off their previous times.”
Gators who attended their very first meet were Zach Beddingfield, Connor Ellerbee and Brayden Keiser in the 7/8 boys and Madison Lane and Beth Thurston in the 9/10 girls.
Some of the veteran Gator girls who dropped their times were Alanna Wood, 6; Bailee Brown, 8 and Dusty Evans, 10. On the boys side, Will Alexander and Tanner Bailey (9/10) and Christian Da-Silva (11/12) did very well. Deborah Hicks dropped her times in 11/12 girls as did 13/14 girls Helainna Stormes, Bethany Frank and Martha Hicks.
In the older girls division, 15-17 Gators Mikayla Stormes, Chelsea Jacobs, Georgianna Alexander and Samantha Smith all had a great showing last weekend, according to Adams.
The Gators’ next meet is another Saturday showdown on the road, this time in Carrollton at the Carrollton Invitational on June 16. Adams expects the Gators to face a bigger challenge this weekend.
“There will be at least six to eight teams at Carrollton this coming Saturday,” he said. “There will definitely be much stiffer competition at that meet.”
The Gators close out June with the DCS Summer Splash (June 23) and the Macon Waves Heritage Meet (June 30).