Several Swimmers Shine During First Home Meet
The ACHS swim team competed in the program’s first home match ever last week against Fort Knox and Hardin County Schools at the LWC Holloway Health and Wellness Center Natatorium. Coach Turk Dogruyol was excited to announce that all of the ACHS swim team finished with their season best times in each of their events; a great accomplishment for such a young and new team.
“The team performed well, especially considering that this is a new team,” says Coach Turk. “I did have to remind them of staying focused; they are not concentrating enough sometimes and that caused some of our kids to swim in the wrong heat or miss their events.”
It is normal for an inexperienced team to be out of the loop during their first few meets, but Coach Turk is also very pleased that each swimmer logged their best times of the year in each event they competed in.
“Everybody finished with their best times of the season and that is quite an accomplishment,” says Turk. “At our next meet, we will be focusing on staying alert and where we need to be to avoid further heat confusion in order to limit our mistakes outside of the pool.”
ACHS junior Camellia Pearson finished in first place in the 100 breaststroke while her younger brother, Garren, turned in a regional cut time in the 500 freestyle. In order to compete at regionals in the 500 freestyle, swimmers must beat a time of six and a half minutes; Garren easily qualified by finishing with a time of 5:50.
“We are already getting a taste of success and we just have to keep working and building off of each practice and each meet,” says Coach Turk.
The Indians next home swim meet is set for Thursday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Holloway Health and Wellness Center Natatorium.
By Adam Capps