Marshall County swimmers shine at home meet
All three Marshall County swim teams showed signs of improvement during a meet at the Lewisburg Recreation Center on Dec. 18, as seven local swimmers set personal bests in 10 different events.
The Forrest Lady Rockets turned in a solid performance in the pool and won three of the 11 girls' events. Senior Alyssa Elliot, who has already qualified for the upcoming Region Swim Meet in three different events, led Forrest by winning the 200 meter individual medley with a personal best time of 3:02.33 before placing second in the 50 meter freestyle.
Freshman and fellow Regional qualifier Caroline Heck also turned in a strong effort for the Lady Rockets and finished second in both the 100 meter butterfly and the 100 meter breaststroke, while older sister Jessie Heck placed fourth in the 50 meter freestyle and the 100 meter freestyle.
Ravynn Reyes and Courtney Beard competed in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle events for Forrest as well. Reyes came in ninth in the 50 meter freestyle before finishing seventh in the 100 meter freestyle, while Beard placed 11th and 10th respectively in the two events.
The Lady Rockets also came out on top in the two relay events. After winning the 200 meter medley relay with a time of 2:58.19, Forrest's four member team of Elliot, Caroline Heck, Jessie Heck, and Reyes came in first in the 200 meter freestyle relay by completing the race in 2:37.22.
Marshall County sophomore Natalie Cook turned in the best individual performance of the meet by winning both the 100 meter butterfly and the 400 freestyle. Having already qualified for the Regional Meet in both events, Cook completed the 100 meter butterfly in 1:32.50 before setting a new personal record in the 400 meter freestyle with a time of 6:20.45.
Veronica Kanka also earned a pair of third place finishes for the Tigerettes in the 100 meter freestyle and the 100 meter freestyle, while Ashley Parker came in fourth in the 200 meter freestyle and placed fifth in the 100 meter freestyle.
Marshall County's Rosa Middaugh set a new personal record en route to finishing seventh in the 50 meter freestyle before coming in eighth in the 100 meter freestyle. Jenny Nordland-Adams saw time in the pool for the Tigerettes as well and set new personal records in the 50 meter freestyle and the 100 meter freestyle while placing 10th and ninth respectively in the two events.
Marshall County competed in just one of the two relay events and saw their team of Parker, Nordland-Adams, Kanka, and Cook come in third in the 200 meter freestyle.
Regional qualifier Kayla Richter was Cornersville's top performer and set two new personal bests, as she won the 100 meter freestyle with a time of 1:17.28 before placing third in a 100 meter backstroke (1:20.50). Anne Howes was the Lady Bulldogs' only other representative in the pool and earned a couple of fifth place finishes in the 50 meter freestyle and the 100 meter backstroke.
"We performed well. A lot of people improved on their times today. In most of the meets, they've been getting better. The girls have been excelling lately and hopefully some of them can make it to the State Meet," said Jeff Borne, who coaches all three local teams.
In the boys meet, Marshall County's Camron Middaugh was the best area swimmer and placed second in both the 200 meter freestyle and the 100 meter freestyle.
Laramie Plott also turned in a solid performance for the Tigers and set personal bests in the 100 meter free style and the 100 meter breaststroke en route to garnering a pair of fourth place finishes. Noah Curran posted a personal record in the 50 meter freestyle and finished fourth in the race before coming in fifth in the 100 meter freestyle.
Forrest's Seth Beard also competed in the meet and finished fifth in the 50 meter freestyle while placing sixth in the 100 meter free style.