Swim team racks up awards at recent meets

Published 10:31 am Tuesday, October 28, 2014

From staff reports

The Brewton Local Area Swim Team has been blowing up the blocks and making waves this fall Short Course season.
The past eight weeks have been a whirlwind of competitions, beginning with the PNY Harvest Invitational, the Sea Turtle Tri/ Swimposium Gold Medal Olympic Clinic with Rowdy Gaines and Allison Schmitt, followed by the 31st Annual War Eagle Invitational Swim meet at Auburn University.
The Tigersharks have been blowing up the blocks, getting Southeastern Cuts, and winning a wide array of awards in all age-groups.
The PNY Harvest Invitational Swim Meet, which was held in Gulf Shores, produced three high point winners for team Tigershark.
Matthew Kirkland, a stand out 8U Tigershark, and son of Jeff and Heather Kirkland, swam hard to earn a high point runner up trophy as well as 10 individual medals. Matthew is an up and coming Tigershark, who is really starting to stretch his stroke out and find his rhythm, stated head Coach Angel Boyd.
Cole Jernigan, standout National level backstroker, and son of Felicia and Lee Jernigan, took high point trophy in the 11-12 boys, sweeping the medals with the exception of the 100-fly and 100-free and Back where he was just out touched for first, still taking the silver in those events.
Cole also earned another Southeastern Cut for a trip to Knoxville for the spring Short Course Championships.
Colby Morris, 13 year old stand out freestyler for Team Tigershark, and son of Brandee Chase Morris, also brought home the 13-14 boys high point trophy, winning medals in all of his events, sweeping day 2 with all gold medals. Colby swam a personal best 24.56, 50-yard freestyle earning his ticket to the Short Course Spring Championships and setting a new team record in the 50 and 100-yard freestyles.
Other standout swimmers who won several medals were:
Kinsley Byrd, 8-year-old Breastroker and Flyer who only competed one day, would have been in the trophy hunt as well, stated Coach Boyd.
Chaz McGhee, a 12-year-old standout Breaststroker, who medaled in several events and
Caleb Kent, 9-10U stand out Flyer and Breastrokes, also swam great in Gulf Shores medaling in all of his events and placing just off the trophy stand with fifth place overall in the high point standings.
Other Tigersharks in attendance were: Callie Kent, Kamryn Langham, Kylee Langham, Rylee Huskey, Ruthie Huskey, McKenna Pettis, Braxton Peebles, Cash Griffey, Colby Lisenby, Tiffany Gookin, Hannah Johnson, Allison Flowers, and Mary Ashlynn Williams.
Several Tigersharks were in attendance at the recent SES Swimposium Swim Clinic, hosted in Gulf Shores.
The Clinicians in attendance were former Gold Medalists Rowdy Gaines and Allison Schmitt
The clinic was held Oct. 4 and offered an amazing experience for our Athletes. From an intense in water clinic, to racing Olympians, to a great question and answer autograph session.
Team Tigershark Clinic Attendees: Kylee Langham, Kamryn Langham, Colby Morris, Madison Kirkland, Matthew Kirkland, Addison Heath, Kinsley Byrd and Logan Blake.
Colby Morris, stand-out Freestyler and Butterfly specialist, blew up the blocks in Auburn taking top honors in the 13-14 age group, setting personal best times, and breaking three team records that he already owned.
Caleb Kent, a hard worker and standout flyer had a banner performance in Auburn as well, taking top-10 honors in every event he swam, setting personal best times in each event.
Matthew Kirkland, son of Jeff and Heather Kirkland had another banner performance in Auburn, once again bringing home a high point trophy for his efforts in the 8U boys division.
Kinsley Byrd, daughter of Dylan and Beverly Byrd, won a High point Trophy for her performance in the 8U girl’s age group, setting personal best times and two team records for her age group.
Addison Heath, daughter of DeWayne and Dr. Melissa Heath, also had a great meet dropping times in several events and setting a personal record in the 100-IM.
Kamryn Langham, daughter of Cade and Gia Langham, and PCI Tigershark, competition in the 8U girls division, had a banner meet, swimming hard and breaking into the top-10 in several of her events.
Jacob Thelen, an upstart Tigershark, competing in his first meet, had an amazing weekend in Auburn setting his PRs.
Elizabeth Glass, who took a break from swimming this summer, has re-entered the competitive swimming ranks with a new found vigor, swimming several personal best times in her events at the meet.
Other Tigersharks in attendance, who set personal best times were: Rylee and Ruthie Huskey, Callie Kent, Mary Ashlynn Williams, Jacob Thelen, Chaz McGhee, McKenna Pettis, Cash Griffey, Kylee Langham, Emmie Heath, Callie Kent and Braxton Peebles.
The Sea Turtle Youth Triathlon was held Oct. 5 on Pensacola Beach, and once again the Tigersharks were in action, proving swimming is a total body workout, that strengthens the entire body.
Colby Morris competed in what would be his fifth Triathlon, medaling and finishing first out of the water.
Jordan Kelly a young Tigershark, who has taken first place in a couple of our Tigershark Tri’s, also competed in the Sea Turtle Tri, having a great swim finish as well.
The Tri consisted of three legs of competition: swimming, biking, and running.
The Tigersharks will be back in action Nov. 7-9 as the travel to Birmingham to compete in the BSL Cranberry Classicheld at the Crossplex.
Tigersharks who will be competing at this meet include: Colby Morris, Nolan Atkinson, Elizabeth Glass, Caleb and Callie Kent, Cash Griffey, McKenna Pettis, Kamryn and Kylee Langham, Allison Flowers and Matthew and Madison Kirkland
The Brewton a Local Area Swim Team is coached by Head Coach/club owner Angel Boyd, Brandee Morris, Brooke Glass, and Sarah Allen (PCI).

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My name is Adam Robinson and I have been the Sports Editor of the Brewton Standard since September 2007. I cover all the local sports in the Brewton area. I am a 2007 graduate of Troy University with a degree in Print Journalism with a contract in Sports Information. I married Shari Lynn in June of 2007 and we welcomed our first child, Hatlee, in April of 2010.

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