Blount County swimmers shine


From left: Samantha Davis, Anna Liz Miller, Danielle Davis, Elizabeth Davis, Jordan Deliz, Conner Barton, and Ethan Adams

From left: Samantha Davis, Anna Liz Miller, Danielle Davis, Elizabeth Davis, Jordan Deliz, Conner Barton, and Ethan Adams

Seven Blount County swimmers, representing three schools, competed in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Swim and Diving Championship, in Auburn, on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Four swimmers from Appalachian High School, one from Southeastern, and two from Oneonta High School represented their respective schools. While all seven swimmers had strong performances, three swimmers stood on the medal podium five times.

Appalachian senior Samantha Davis earned a bronze medal in the 50-yard freestyle event with a time of 25.32. She also snagged a silver medal in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 101.75. Samantha is considering attending college at Birmingham-Southern.

Southeastern senior Conner Barton competed in two events and earned a bronze medal in the 200-yard freestyle by putting up a time of 154.23. He finished just short of a medal by placing fourth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.62. Upon graduation, Barton is interested in attending Lindsay Wilson College in Kentucky.

Ethan Adams, an Oneonta senior, competed in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle finals. His efforts earned him two silver medals with times of 21.98 and 48.69 respectively. Oneonta junior Anna Liz Miller made it to the preliminaries in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The Appalachian swim team, comprised of Samantha Davis, senior Jordan Deliz, junior Danielle Davis, and eighth grader Elizabeth Davis, formed a relay team just a few weeks ago. With Samantha swimming backstroke, Elizabeth swimming breaststroke, Danielle swimming butterfly, and Jordan swimming freestyle, they finished fifth in the medley relay, with an impressive time of 201.99.

Danielle competed in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing eighth with a time of 212.68. Her time of 546.11 in the 500-yard freestyle also earned a seventh place finish.

Elizabeth swam the individual 500-yard freestyle with a time of 541.13. Her effort in this event earned a fifth place finish. Oneonta junior Anna Liz Miller placed twelfth in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 119.98.

Despite coming up short of medaling in some events, all seven swimmers represented the county well and put forth a valiant effort during the swim meet.