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The Shelby County High School swim team was no match for the size of Scott County's team, but the AquaRockets had quality against the quantity of the Cardinals.
"We expected to lose because Scott County had about twice as many swimmers as we did (Wednesday), but I was ecstatic with how our kids swam," SCHS head coach Jeremiah Heath said. "We had a bunch of best times and the kids swam very well."
Heath noted that several swimmers swam personal best times, and pointed out a few that really stood out.
"Jake Gibson swam his best time in both of his events (the 100 back and the 50 free), Chloe Crumpton and Erin Daugherty are middle school swimmers that swam the 500 free for the first time and performed very well, and Cara Coleman dropped about a minute and a half off her best 500 free. It's had been awhile since she swam it, but she did a great job."
Heath said that the win/loss record of the team during the regular season doesn't mean much; instead it's how the team is preparing for the regional and state meets that are important.
"The kids have done really well so far this year with swimming new events and pushing themselves to be better," he said. "My goal is try to get the kids in a lot of different events and kind out where they're comfortable and where we need them to be successful at the regional and state meets. Wins and losses in the regular season aren't important."
Heath said the team's enthusiasm, in part from the younger swimmers, has been encouraging.
"We have a lot of new, younger swimmers that are very excited about training and getting better, and that's spilling over to the older kids," he said. "So far the team has been training and working very hard to be better, and I think it's going to payoff as the season goes on."
The SCHS divers competed Wednesday at Scott County. Although the team can practice at the FAC, the team isn't able to hold sanctioned diving meets there until a new diving board is purchased. Heath said that's a goal they're working for.
Travis Adams took second place for the AquaRockets diving squad and Kellie Grigsby took first.