Aqua Jags advance to state

The Aqua Jags varsity swim team competed in the Pirate meet Saturday January 11th,  at the Ruby Fulbright Natatorium in Habersham, Georgia. 

The Aqua Jags varsity swim team competed in the Pirate meet Saturday January 11th,  at the Ruby Fulbright Natatorium in Habersham, Georgia. 

Freshman swimmers Adam Fischer, Finn Morton, James Xiao, Tory Ratajczak, Nina Plaskin, Melanie Frick, and Daniel Choi all advanced to finals following prelims, along with seniors Lucas Mcwhorter and Stephanie Jiminez. 

Additionally for the girls, Plaskin, Frick, Ratajczak and Jiminez placed 12th in the women’s 200-yard medley on the 11th, earning them a spot at finals as well. 

The team then went on to compete at the Ramsey Center in the Clarke-Oconee Invitational on January 18. There Mcwhorter qualified for state in the men’s 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.70.

Xiao also qualified for state after finishing with a time of 1:06.68 on a 100 yard breaststroke and a time of 54.79 in the 100-yard fly.

The men’s 200-yard medley relay team of Morton, Xiao, Fischer and McWhorter placed 8th with a time of 1:44.41. They also qualified for state with a  1:35.58 in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

“I’m pretty excited to be going to state, I’ve been working really hard to get to my skill level. I’m very confident in our team and our ability to perform,” Fischer said.

The boys swim team was well rested on the 11th. One week into a two week taper, they were resting in practice in order to prepare for the Clarke-Oconee Invitational where they advanced to finals. The girls team has not started their taper yet due to their different timeline. 

The swimmers are getting stronger, faster, and continue to have impressive improvements at each meet.

“When the majority of our team advanced to finals, it was solid evidence that their hard work is paying off. I saw a joy and confidence in my athletes that I have not seen before. We are looking forward to more good swimming to come,” Head Coach Melissa Basel said.

Freshman swimmers Adam Fischer, Finn Morton, James Xiao, Tory Ratajczak, Nina Plaskin, Melanie Frick, and Daniel Choi all advanced to state following the meet, along with seniors Lucas Mcwhorter and Stephanie Jiminez. This would make it the first time the Aqua-Jags have gone to state since 2002.

Mcwhorter qualified for state in the men’s 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.70.

Xiao qualified for state after finishing with a time of 1:06.68 on a 100 yard breaststroke, and a time of 54.79 on a 100 yard fly.

The men’s 200-yard medley relay team of Morton, Xiao, Fischer and McWhorter placed 8th with a time of 1:44.41. They also placed a time of 1:35.58 on a 200-yard freestyle relay qualifying them for state.

“I’m pretty excited to be going to state, I’ve been working really hard to get to my skill level. I’m very confident in our team and our ability to perform,” Fischer said.

The boys swim team was well rested on the day of the meet. One week into a two week taper, they were resting in practice in order to prepare for the meet on the 18th. The girls team hasn’t started their taper yet due to their different timeline. 

For the girls, Plaskin, Frick, Ratajczak and Jiminez placed 12th in the women’s 200-yard medley, earning them a spot in the state meet as well. 

“I’m happy me and the girls are advancing. We work very hard together in practice and I’m excited to see what we can do in state,” Jiminez said.

The swimmers are getting stronger, faster, and continue to have impressive improvements at each meet.

 “When the majority of our team advanced to state, it was solid evidence that their hard work is paying off. I saw a joy and confidence in my athletes that I have not seen before. We are looking forward to more good swimming to come,” Head Coach Melissa Basel said.