ATLANTA — Tiftarea Academy’s middle school boys finished fourth at the state swim meet in Atlanta Saturday and a slew of Panthers and Lady Panthers wore the school colors in a host of middle and high school events.
Middle and high school competitions were at Georgia Tech. The middle school Panthers accumulated 39 points for fourth place, trailing Rivers Academy (98), Cliff Valley (89) and Westminster of Augusta (53.5).
“I’m super proud of all our swimmers,” said head coach Cindy Harbort in an email. “It was an honor just to make it. That’s what some of these kids don’t get. They beat out so many other swimmers just to make it here. So to compete at state is awesome. Looking over the final results, I am looking forward to the next season with high expectations from all who will return.”
John Michael White was Tiftarea’s top finisher at state and a big reason the middle school finished as well as it did. In the 50-yard freestyle, White was second. He swam the course in 26.07 seconds, second only to Alex Brann of Cliff Valley, who finished in 23.49 seconds.
Jase Hendricks, Jacob Jones, Logan Floyd, White finished fourth in the middle school 200 medley relay. Their time of 2:21.74 was five seconds from third place. White had his third top five in the 100 freestyle (finishing fifth) and fifth in the 50 backstroke (also fifth).
Jones, too, had a top five. He was fifth in the 50-yard breaststroke.
Hendricks took 13th place in the 100 individual medley and 19th in the 50 backstroke. Floyd was 13th in the 50-yard butterfly and 18th in the 100 individual medley. Hobbs had a 19th place in the 50 butterfly.
Elissa Singer was 16th in the high school 200-yard freestyle and also 16th in the 100 freestyle. She, along with Jordan Harbort, Natalie Johnson and Allison Carter were 15th in the 200 medley relay. The high school boys combo of Lars Sims, Brandon Maag, Raj Singh and Jake Singer were 14th in the 200 medley relay.
The 200 medley relay was good for the middle school swimmers as well. Alexa Maag, Hallie Haggard, Gigi Kendrick and Lexi Connell were 10th in the 200 freestyle relay and Haggard, Kendrick, Maag and Kensie Law were 14th in the 200 medley relay.
Individually, Kendrick finished 19th in the 50 freestyle. Law had an individual 20th place in the middle school 50 butterfly. Lexi Connell was 15th in the middle school 100 freestyle. Haggard had a 12th place finish in the 50 breaststroke, with Connell 17th in the same event.
Others participating at state in the high school division: Elissa Singer in the 50 freestyle; Jayk Sailer and Jake Singer in the 50 freestyle; Jake Singer in the 100 freestyle.
Other middle school swimmers at state: Kinsley Giddens in the 100 individual medley; Hobbs in the 100 individual medley; Haggard, Abbi Richter and Connell in the 50 freestyle; Hendricks and Floyd in the 50 freestyle; Coley Beth Croft, Maag and Law in the 50 freestyle; Richter in the 50 butterfly; Jones in the 50 freestyle; Maag, Giddens and Croft in the 100 freestyle; Andrew Connell, Jones and Hobbs in the 100 freestyle; Kendrick and Haggard in the 50 backstroke; Cameron Faulkner in the 50 backstroke; Connell in the 50 backstroke; Giddens in the 50 backstroke; Ethan VanOrman in the 50 backstroke; Maag in the 50 breaststroke; Connell and VanOrman in the 50 breaststroke; Kendrick in the 50 breaststroke.