TRM swim holds own at state
T.R. Miller swimmer Cole Jernigan finished sixth overall in the 200 Freestyle at the AHSAA State Championship Swim Meet held at Auburn University this past weekend. Jernigan was one of nine swimmers from TRM that included– Mac Baxter, Nolan Atkinson, Caleb Kent, Dean Thelen, Elizabeth Glass, Jocelyn Carpenter, Salor Smith and Sara Scott– to make the trip which hosted the top high schools in the state, ranging from classifications 1A through 7A.
In girls’ competition the medley relay team made up of Glass, Carpenter, Smith and Scott swam to a 12th place finish. The freestyle team, made up of the same group, finished 11th overall.
In boys’ competition Jernigan 11th in the 50 freestyle.
Baxter, an eighth grader, finished ninth in the 200 freestyle, and 10th in the 500 freestyle. The boys’ medley relay team, made up of Kent, Baxter, Jernigan and Atkinson placed 12th overall. The freestyle relay team, made up of Jernigan, Thelen, Baxter and Atkinson finished 10th overall.
The Tigers were among the youngest swimmers there at state this weekend.
“We showed up with a group of seventh and ninth graders who swam their hearts out,” said swim coach Angel Boyd. “They swam the best times they have all season. As their coach, I am extremely pleased with our first season, a runner up plaque for sectionals for our boys team and a trip to the state championships with top- 12 finishes for all of our athletes is great for us. I see a bright future for our swimmers.”