Powerful Boaz won the Marshall County meet as expected on Saturday, but Arab’s squad finished a strong second, broke another Riptide record and qualified several more swimmers for the state meet July 26-27 at Opelika.
“This was a last chance to qualify for the state championship and the swimmers responded,” said Riptide coach Richard Moser. “Many picked up the state qualifying time and will compete in state at the end of July.
“My biggest takeaway, however, was the camaraderie and sense of family. My team captains (Heath Isom and Kayleigh King) were huge in bringing the team together and encouraging the younger swimmers. Their leadership passed on to some of the younger swimmers and every swimmer supported each other at the county meet.
“I believe the close bonds between the swimmers helped them to achieve personal best times and help qualify for the state championship. I am counting on the continued leadership to help us to excel at the district meet in Cullman on July 12 and 13.”
The Boaz Barracudas accumulated 984.5 points to Arab’s 368.5. Guntersville tallied 342. Albertville did not compete.
For Arab, one of the big highlights was the record swim of the 8-and-under freestyle relay team of Bentley Bowling, Colt Yates, Karington Harper and Owen Lambert. Relay events at county are co-ed.
Other highlights, for the girls, included:
• Lauren Lambert and Sierra Brom finishing 2-3 in the 9-10 100-yard freestyle;
• Lambert and Kara Yates finishing 2-3 in the 9-10 50 backstroke;
• Lambert finishing third in the 9-10 100 freestyle;
• Julia Scott finishing second in the 13-14 100 IM, second in the 50 backstroke and third in the 100 freestyle;
• Kayleigh King finishing first in the 15-18 100 freestyle, second in the 100 IM and second in the 50 backstroke;
• Anderly Shumate and Jill Stapler finishing 2-3 in the 9-10 50 freestyle;
• Shumate finishing first in the 9-10 50 breaststroke;
• Stapler finishing first in the 9-10 50 butterfly;
• Sarah Sularin, Ashtyn Nunley and Julie Stapler finishing 1-2-3 in the 11-12 50 freestyle;
• Sularin finishing first in the 11-12 50 backstroke and first in the 100 freestyle;
• Nunley finishing first in the 11-12 50 breaststroke and first in the 50 butterfly;
• Kylie Franklin finishing second in the 15-18 50 freestyle and second in the 50 breaststroke;
• Karington Harper finishing second in the 8U 25 butterfly;
• Julie Stapler finishing third in the 11-12 50 butterfly.
Boys’ highlights included:
• Joshua Shumate finishing third in the 6U 25 freestyle;
• Owen Lambert finishing first in the 8U 25 freestyle;
• Lambert and Bentley Bowling finishing 2-3 in the 8U 50 freestyle;
• Heath Isom finishing first in the 15-18 100 freestyle, second in the 50 freestyle and third in the 50 backstroke;
• Colby Franklin finishing first in the 13-14 50 breaststroke;
• Reid Harper finishing third in the 6U 25 backstroke;
• Hayden Williams finishing third in the 9-10 100 freestyle.
Full individual results and relays are available on the team’s website: arabswimteam.com; and on the Arab swim team’s Facebook page.
• In other Riptide news, the team’s end-of-season party and awards ceremony will be Aug. 2 beginning at 6 p.m.