Maddie Nunley sets three Riptide records

Maddie Nunley swims the girls 11-12 medley relay against Madison on Tueasday. She set team records in three events in the meet: 50-yard freestyle, 50 breaststroke and 50 butterfly.

Pretty much as expected, the Arab swim team lost to powerful Madison 511-121 Tuesday at Madison.

While both squads were missing swimmers because of conflicts with other summer activities, the deep Madison program was better equipped to absorb those personnel losses.

Back home on Thursday, the Riptide got back to its winning ways, defeating Albertville in an exciting meet, 373-313 (see individual highlights in Wednesday’s Arab Tribune and see full individual results on the team’s website:; and on the Arab swim team’s Facebook page).

There were some significant highlights for Arab against Madison, notably Maddie Nunley setting new team records in three events in the 11-12 age division. She swam the 50-yard freestyle in 27.07. She swam the 50 breaststroke in 34.34.

And she set the record in the 50 butterfly with a time of 28.77.

Nunley finished first in the freestyle and breaststroke events and second in the butterfly.

Other girls highlights included:

• Anderly Shumate, Jill Stapler and Kara Yates finishing 1-2-3 in 9-10 50 freestyle.

• Stapler and Sierra Brom finishing 1-2 in the 9-10 50 butterfly.

Boys highlights included:

• Owen Lambert, Colt Yates and Braylen Wilson finishing 1-2-3 in the 8U 25 freestyle. Lambert also finished first in the 25 backstroke.

• Joshua Shumate finishing first in the 6U 25 freestyle

This coming week, the Riptide will be busy. Arab competes in a tri-meet against Jacksonville and Fort Payne at Fort Payne on Tuesday, then competes in the Marshall County meet at Boaz on Saturday. The home meet with Jacksonville scheduled for Thursday was absorbed into the tri-meet at Fort Payne on Tuesday.

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