Swimmers stand out at regionals

Published 5:07 pm Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Local swimmers had some impressive finishes at their region swim meets, setting the stage for success at states.

York High School and Tabb High School will be represented at the Class 3 state meet, as will Grafton High School in the Class 4 meet.

Local teams came close to region championships, as both the girls’ and boys’ teams finished as the runner-up in the Class 3A. On the girls’ side, Hannah Garner and Casey Tingen both took home region championships. Garner took first place in the 200 free and 500 free, while Tingen took first place in the 100 free. The 200 free relay placed second, and the 200 medley relay placed third. On the boys’ side, James Creelman and Andrew Creelman both took home region championships. James earned first place finishes in the 100 free and 100 back, and Andrew placed first in the 100 fly and 50 free. The boys’ 200 free relay and 200 medley both took first place at regionals.

Overall, it was a great performance for both teams. In addition to the top finishes, both teams had multiple top-five finishes in multiple events.

“The perfect recipe for swimmers that qualified for the state meet will be intense focus at practice, getting an adequate amount of sleep, and continuing to eat healthy,” Andrew Creelman said. “All of these ingredients will create a deliciously fast and fun state meet.”

Tabb teams finished right behind York, finishing at third place in both the girls’ and boys’ teams. They have 17 swimmers headed to the state meet. For Tabb, preparation is simple for the state meet. They are excited about the opportunity and know that plenty of rest will be key.

“Plenty of rest is very important,” Tabb Coach Bridget Jaroszewski said. “Focus, goal setting and a positive attitude will be key. All swimmers have experience at the state level, so they know what to expect. They know how to calm their nerves and do what needs to be done in the pool.”

In the Class 4A swim meet, Grafton’s boys’ team took second place, while the girls’ team took fourth place. With the realignment of the regions, it was a strong effort for Grafton, who will head into the state meet some good momentum.