Arab Riptide

The Riptide had more than 30 swimmers to qualify for the state meet last weekend at Boaz, including, from left, front: Karington Harper, Bentley Bowling, Eva Stone, Harper Munoz, Sam Lathan, Reid Harper, Jacob Franklin, Joshua Shumate and Brooklyn Williams; back: Bailee Parks, Carolina Justice, Brody Franklin, Dell Beard, James Beard, Colby Franklin, Hayden Williams, Emma Garrison, Anderly Shumate, Sierra Brom, Elizabeth Skidmore and Cassidy Justice. Qualifiers not pictured: Flora Yates, Colt Yates, Kara Yates, Kylie Yates, Ella Harris, Reed Payne, Owen Lambert, Lauren Lambert, Jill Stapler, Benjamin Tallent, Maddie Nunley, Shawn Flack, Tyler Flack and Sam Compton.

Riptide head coach Richard Moser said the Arab swim team brought its “A” game to the District II meet at Boaz last weekend, and who could argue?

Two Riptide records fell and 34 swimmers qualified for the state meet next weekend (July 23-24) at Albertville.

“We placed fifth for the second year in a row in the toughest division in the state,” an excited Moser said. “We had many swimmers qualify in individual events for the first time.

“I think we’re in a great spot to defend our mid team champions at state again this year.”

The Madison Dolphins easily finished first at the district meet, as expected, totaling a whopping 1,446 points. Cullman was next at 694, followed by Boaz at 668.

As far as Arab’s team is concerned, it’s the battle for fourth and fifth that meant the most. Scottsboro (364) stayed ahead of Arab (292) but the Riptide finished ahead of Guntersville (266). Guntersville had defeated Arab in the final regular season meet the week before.

“I figured it was going to be close against Guntersville to take fifth place,” Moser said. “At moments, it was close. In the end we came out on top of them to take fifth.

“That’s a pretty big accomplishment for our team. Most teams in our district have indoor pools and can practice everyday of the year. We just have an outdoor pool and we have nowhere to go once it’s cold. So, the swimmers held their own out there.

“We had several time drops – kids were improving their times, which is the name of the game.”

Colby Franklin and the 11-12 girls relay team of Sierra Brom, Bailee Parks, Lauren Lambert and Anderly Shumate broke Riptide records.

Franklin broke an 8-year-old 15-18 boy 50-yard breaststroke record, set in 2012 by Scott Taylor (30.28). Franklin swam it in 30.11 to finish first in the event.

The 11-12 girls swam the 200 freestyle relay in1:57.71, breaking the 2019 record of 1:59.24 set by Maddie Nunley, Julie Stapler, Sara Beth Sularin and Elizabeth Skidmore. The new record time was good enough to finish third at the district.

Top three finishes in each event win medals. Others winning medals at district included

Nunley, Sam Lathan, Bentley Bowling, Joshua Shumate, Reid Harper,

Owen Lambert, Reed Payne, Jacob Franklin and Colt Yates.

The following swimmers made the state team:

• 15-18 boys free relay, seventh place: Shawn Flack , Sam Compton, Tyler Flack and Colby Franklin

• 13-14 girls free relay, fourth place: Carolina Justice, Kylie Yates, Elizabeth Skidmore and Maddie Nunley

• 11-12 girls, A relay, third place: Sierra Brom, Bailee Parks, Lauren Lambert and Anderly Shumate

• 11-12 girls B relay, fifth place: Kara Yates, Emma Garrison, Cassidy Justice and Jill Stapler

• 11-12 boys relay, fifth place: James Beard, Benjamin Talkent, Brody Franklin and Hayden Williams

• 9-10 boys relay, third place: Owen Lambert, Colt Yates, Jacob Franklin and Bentley Bowling

• 8-under girls relay, seventh place: Ella Harris, Flora Yates, Eva Stone and Brooklyn Williams

• 8-under boys relay, third place: Josh Shumate, Sam Lathan, Reed Payne and Reid Harper

• 11-12 girls 100 free: Sierra Brom, fourth; Anderly Shumate, fifth; and Lauren Lambert, seventh

• 9-10 boys 100 free: Bentley Bowling, second; and Owen Lambert, sixth

• 8-under girls 50 free: Brooklyn Williams, ninth.

Others on the state swim team roster include Harper Munoz, 6-under girls; Karington Harper, 9-10 girls; and Della Beard, 11-12 girls.

• AHS tryouts: Moser has announced tryouts for the Arab Knights swim team will be from 8-9:30 a.m. on July 27-30 at the Arab City Pool.

Tryouts are open to any swimmer in grades 7-12.

Requirements include having an updated Dragonfly account and an updated physical.

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