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Scott and Melendez heat up the pool
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Liberty County YMCA Heat swimmers Sandra Scott and Jorge Melendez continue to dominate their sport, placing well at the Edwin Cuttino Memorial Long Course Meters Swim Meet on June 17-19 at the Chatham County Aquatic Center  in Savannah.
According to coach Donna Hooe, the competition brought in some of the fastest swimmers in the Southeast, representing Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. 
Scott, competing in the girls’ 11- and 12-year-old division, turned in another AAAA qualifying time in the 50 butterfly. She also won the 50 breaststroke, 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley. Scott placed second in the 200 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle; third in the 50 backstroke; and fifth in the 50 freestyle.
Hooe said Scott plans to swim in a state meet next weekend in Augusta to compete for one of eight spots on the Georgia State team.
If she makes the team, she will compete at the Southern Zone Championships on July 25-31 in Cary, N.C., against teams from Virginia to Texas.
In the boys’ 10-and-under division, Melendez showed he was the one to beat, winning the 50 and 200 freestyle. He placed third in the 100 backstroke and fourth in the 200 individual medley, 50 backstroke and 50 butterfly. He finished ninth in the 50 breaststroke.
He also will compete in the state meet.
The coach said swimmer Kayla Kelly, 10, dropped time in her 50 butterfly and will compete in the state meet. Her sister Aaliyah, 13, improved her times in the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle.
Viviana Melendez, 13, dropped time in her 100 backstroke, while Madison James dropped 7 seconds in her 200 freestyle, 3 seconds in her 50 butterfly and 8 seconds in the 200 backstroke.
All three will compete next weekend at the state meet and join Scott in the relays.
Hooe said Lexie Huffman, 12, dropped 7 seconds in her 200 freestyle and 2 seconds in the 50 butterfly. Abbey Huffman, 10, had a 5-second drop in her 50 freestyle and a 3-second improvement in the 100 breaststroke.
Trent, 7, and Brayden Huffman, 8, both did well in their events, according to Hooe. Juan Vendrell, 17, qualified for finals in the 100 breaststroke.
Hooe, who also competed at the event, was joined by friend and fellow Masters’ swimmer Robert Poiletman, 67, at this meet, showing the kids that people can compete at any age.

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