On February 10 and 11, Central swimmers competed at the Jones Aquatic Center in the State High School Swimming & Diving Championships. The last Central men’s relay team to qualify for state was during the 2011 swim season.
During this winter season, junior Jackson Lore and freshman Jake Thomas both qualified for state in individual events. Because two Central swimmers qualified, the team was also allowed to bring an additional two members to swim relay events. Sophomore Max Castleberry and freshman Houston Shoudy competed as a part of the Men’s 200 Yard Free Relay and the Men’s 200 Yard Medley Relay.
At the meet, the relay team achieved a significant time improvement in both races, dropping 3.78 seconds off their seed time in the 200 Yard Free Relay and placing 46th overall, as well as dropping 6.08 seconds off their 200 Yard Medley Relay and placing 43rd.
Lore and Thomas also both performed well in their individual events. Lore competed in the Men’s 50 Yard Free and dropped 0.31 seconds off his seed time of 23.86 seconds, placing 71st out of 105 swimmers. Thomas competed in the Men’s 200 Yard IM as well as the Men’s 500 Yard Free. Thomas dropped 2.05 seconds off his seed time of 2:14.14 seconds in the Men’s 200 Yard IM, placing 59th out of 78 swimmers. Thomas also dropped 4.69 seconds off his seed time of 5:22.8 seconds in the Men’s 500 Yard Free, placing 52nd out of 78 swimmers.
The team was coached by Laura Porch and Tucker Hardin. The team is proud of what they have accomplished this year and are enthusiastic about next year!
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