Six youth swimmers from the Southern Eagle Aquatics (SEGA) swim team qualified for and competed in the semi-annual Georgia Swimming State Championship swim meets.
Georgia Swimming, a local division of USA Swimming, the governing body for competitive swimming in the U.S. Olympic Movement, hosted an Age Group (AG) Championship and Junior Olympic (JO) meet for 14 and under athletes July 14-17, 2022, at Georgia Tech, and a senior state championship (all ages) at the University of Georgia July 22-24. Both competitions were contested in the 50-meter pool, the same pool length as contested in the Olympic games.
Jada Fedrick (11, Cobbtown), finished the weekend with 6 of 6 best times in the JO meet and earned a new AG State time in the 50 freestyle, in addition to taking first place in the 50 and 100 freestyle.
Kenny Griffith (12) was the sole scorer at the AG State Championship meet, having earned scoring swims in the 50 fly (10th), 100 butterfly (11th), 200 butterfly (5th), 400 Individual Medley (15th), and 100 freestyle (19th), all in personal best times.
Gweneth Son (10, Statesboro) qualified for AG State in her first year as a USA Swimmer, earning her way there in the 50 backstroke, and swimming best times in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly as bonus events.
Ethan Swanson (12, Statesboro) competed in both the AG State meet and Junior Olympic, finishing 21st in the 200 butterfly, and earning best times in 4 of 5 events at the JO meet.
Oscar Thorpe (14, Statesboro), competed in his first-ever qualification meet, having earned best times in 6 of 8 events across 4 different competitive disciplines in the JO meet.
Cade Tysinger (15, Statesboro), competed in the Senior State Championships, having just qualified two weeks prior. Tysinger finished the meet bettering or equaling his best times in all 6 events he has swum, with his highest finish as 51st in the 200m butterfly.
“I couldn’t be happier with our team’s progress and the commitment of our families,” Head Coach Beau Caldwell said. “Each year we’ve grown in qualifiers at championship meets; more participation means more fun and higher performance for our athletes.”
SEGA is a registered team within USA Swimming and U.S. Masters Swimming, offering competitive swimming opportunities for youth and adults. Practices are held at Splash in the Boro pool and offered nearly 11 months out of the year.
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