Seventh grader Maddie Nunley, Arab High School’s lone qualifer for the AHSAA State Swim Meet, placed seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke and 21st in the 50 freestyle this past weekend in Huntsville.
Nunley was competing in the Class 6A-7A division, meaning she was going up against most of the state’s best.
“I was most impressed by Maddie’s competitive spirit and her determination to swim faster than the upperclassmen she was racing against,” said Arab coach Melissa Kunze. “Her placing seventh in the 100 breaststroke was an outstanding finish for her first high school swim season.”
Assistant coach Richard Moser, who also coaches Nunley on the Arab rec league team Riptide during the summer, called Nunley’s performance at state “a huge accomplishment.”
“She’s only a seventh grader and she had to compete in the highest swimming division in the state against 12th graders,” Moser said. “So, she picked up seventh place in the 100 breast against the best swimmers this state has to offer.”