Swim team takes honors at Montgomery meet

Published 10:47 am Friday, November 9, 2012

The Brewton Local Area Swim Team Tigersharks recently traveled to Montgomery for the annual Buckmasters Invitational swim meet.
Coach Angel Boyd reported that the Tigersharks had an “amazing” meet.
“We went to Montgomery with six swimmers and we came home with four individual high point awards, a team trophy and a load of ribbons,” Boyd said. “We were the smallest of six teams and brought home second place overall.”
Meet participants for the Tigersharks included: Cole Jernigan, son of Lee and Felicia Jernigan; Colby Morris, son of Brandee Morris; Mac Baxter, son of Chris and Angel Baxter; Elizabeth Glass, daughter of Dewayne and Brooke Glass; Walker Volonte, son of Roberto and Maria Volonte; and Noah Winton, son of Randy and Rachel Winton.
“The kids were amazing this weekend,” Boyd said. “Cole Jernigan blew away the competition sweeping all five events Saturday and winning three-of-five on Sunday— only taking second by a few hundredths of a second in the other two events. Cole ribboned in every event and took home a High Point Trophy for his efforts. Cole also scored 77 points for the team and deepening many of his SESC Championship qualifying cuts. Cole has an unwavering confidence and a heart of a champion.”
Boyd said Mac Baxter had a Southeastern Qualifying weekend, cutting five events for the Meet of Champions in Nashville.
“Mac came in a close second in both of his specialty strokes —breast and fly—and also the middle distance 100 and 200 Freestyles and 100 Backstroke. Mac is an amazing young man who works hard. Mac ribboned in all 10 of his individuals events and racked up points for the team. Mac also trophied winning High Point runner up for 9-10 boys. With his win and Coles, we swept the 9-10 boys division.”
Colby Morris had a good meet in Montgomery for the Tigersharks, Boyd said.
“Colby swam with heart and determination this past weekend,” Boyd said. “Colby won the 100 and 200 Freestyle events, the 100 Fly and the 100 Backstroke event. He came in a close second in both 50 Back, 50 Fly and the 50 Free. Colby ribboned in every event he swam and won the High Point Trophy for 11-12 boys, racking up 68 points for the team. Colby has struggled recently, but has worked hard, taken a new attitude, and stepped up to the challenge this weekend.”
Boyd said that Walker Volonte also had an award-winning weekend in Montgomery.
“He won the 25 Backstroke, 25 Breast, 50 Breast and 50 Backstroke events,” she said. “Walker ribboned in all 10 individual events he swam, and won the 8U boys High Point runner-up trophy, racking up 59 points for the team. Walker is a sweet, hard working swimmer, who has determination and an amazing attitude.”
Boyd said Elizabeth Glass and Noah Winton swam well for the team and won several individual events.
“Elizabeth Glass had an awesome weekend,” she said. “Elizabeth recently aged up to the 11-12 age group, and missed the first eight weeks of practice this season, due to a fractured hip. Elizabeth has worked hard, and swam an amazing meet. She swam 10 individual events, scoring points for the team and ribboning. The biggest thing is she dropped major times in each of her events. I am extremely proud of her performance, especially coming off such a major injury. Noah swam in the 11-12 boys group and was on fire this weekend, taking top four honors in six-of-10 individual events and ribboning in all 10. Noah also racked up points for the team. Noah is an amazing young man with a big heart, strong legs and an attitude we should all strive to have.”
Boyd said all six of the swimmers who competed this past weekend proved that hard work and determination wins out.
“As a coach, I am humbled by the support these parents have shown as well,” she said. “They are also champions.”
The Tigersharks will compete in Gulf Shores the first weekend in December closing out their fall session.
The team is currently registering for the Winter/Spring Session. For more information please check out our Facebook page (Brewton Local Area Swim Team) or contact coach Angel (334-303-1171) or Coach Brandee (251-236-0357).