Tiger swim earns top marks
Published 5:00 am Wednesday, September 21, 2016
The T.R. Miller Tigers swim team opened its swim season with a home meet this past Saturday with a win against the visiting teams of Saraland and Prattville Christian Academy.
The Tigers as a team had a combined total of 1,245 points to Prattville Christians 623 and Saraland’s 218. Cole Jernigan had an amazing meet, dropping times all over the heat sheet, and earning sectional cuts. Jernigan took first place in the men’s 200 freestyle, 50 freestyle, the backside 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke.
“(Jernigan) is a determined, hardworking young man who has a bright future in the sport of swimming,” said swim coach Angel Boyd.
Mac Baxter took first place in the 200 IM, and 100 fly, and second place in the 200 freestyle, the backside 100 freesyle, 100 backstroke and 100 breaststoke.
“(Baxter) has an extremely good butterfly, and breaststroke, but his new focus has him shining in every event,” Boyd said.
Caleb Kent had a great meet as well, placing third in the 200 IM, second in the 100 fly, third in the backside 100 freestyle, fifth in the 100 breaststroke and seventh overall in the 50 freestyle.
Jacob Thelen swam several personal best times.
“(Thelen), who is also a young seventh grader, is a swimmer that has worked very hard to earn his place on this team, and I am very proud of his efforts,” Boyd said.
Dean Thelen swam several personal best times, including a 29.23 sec 50 freestyle earning him fifth place in the event.
Nolan Atkinson took first place in the front side of the 100 freesyle, earning a sectional cut, second in the 50 freestyle swimming a personal best, 27.43; and third place behind his teammates (Jernigan) and (Baxter) in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke. He also swam a personal best in the 100 breaststroke placing fourth overall in the event.
Chris Guthrie swam several personal best times, swimming hard and earning points for the Tigers.
“Guthrie is a hardworking, focused young man, who adds leadership and maturity to our team,” Boyd said.
Sara Scott swam personal best times in almost every event she entered. Scott placed third in the 100 breaststroke and 200 freestyle, along with second in the100 backstroke and 50 freestyle. Scott also cut a sectional time in the 50 freestyle, swimming a 29.97.
Ninth-grader Elizabeth Glass took first place in the 200 freestyle, second in the 100 freestyle, and third place in the 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke and breaststroke events.
Sailor Smith placed first in the 100 fly, second in the 100 breaststroke, second in the 200 freestyle and 200 IM and fourth in the 50 freestyle.
Tenth grader Tiffany Reiss swam a great meet, collecting a second place finish in the 100 fly, fifth in the 200 IM, fourth in the 100 backstroke and eighth in the 100 breaststroke.
Jocelyn Carpenter, who recently recovered from an Achilles tendon injury, finished fourth in the 200 freestyle, sixth in the 50 freestyle, third in the 100 backstroke and seventh in the 100 breaststroke.
Overall, the Tigers won the men’s 200 freestyle, 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays, and second place in the women’s 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays as well as a first place finish in the 400 freestyle.
The Tigers are coached by Angel Boyd and Lisa Atkinson. The team will be in action again Oct. 18 in Fairhope.