Tuesday, December 15, 2009

SBP Swimmers participate at AHSAA Swim Meet

SBP swimmers Louis YuTiamco and Bennett Glasscock recently made their first appearance in the AHSAA State Swim Meet at the Auburn University Aquatic Facility. Swim Coach, Carson Glasscock said their showing at the state level was incredible. “I am very proud of Louis and Bennett for their hard work and dedication to the sport.” Both young men made super fast qualifying times, in two events (which is the maximum for individual events).

In the individual events, Yu Tiamco finished 22nd/time 101.16 in 100 yd. Butterfly; and 27th with a time of 1.10.54 minutes in the 100 yd. Breaststroke. Glasscock finished 26th/time 101.71 in 100 yd. Butterfly; and 32nd with a time of 1:02.98 minutes in 100 yd. backstroke.

There are no classifications in swimming. It is all based on qualifying times. However, YuTiamco and Bennett have participated in swim meets on community teams for several years. YuTiamco of Boaz and Glasscock of Cullman have trained this fall with the Cullman Swim Association to prepare for the state meet at the newly constructed Wellness and Aquatic Center in Cullman. CSA is a USA Swimming registered team. Coach Glasscock said to qualify for state competition, the high school swimmers had to make the AHSAA qualifing times at USA swimming sanctioned meets.

Entering into this competition, Glasscock said he knew his novice team would be facing the best in the state with very seasoned teams of athletes. “It’s a process and in a couple of years SBP can be competing with the best.”

All eligible St. Bernard students, both male and female may participate. “Hopefully next year we will add more students who have swimming experience to our team,” Glasscock commented. “Our goal this year was to get SBP swimmers qualified for the meet. Next year we should be even more competitive and hopefully have enough for a relay (requires 4 swimmers). Relays have no qualifying times just individual events.

On behalf of the swim team, Coach Glasscock said,” We thank Fr. Marcus Voss, Fr. Joel Martin, and Coach James Tolbert for the opportunity to represent St. Bernard Prep. Swimming is a lifetime sport, and can be enjoyed at any level.”

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