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Scott awesome at state meet
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Liberty County YMCA Heat swimmer Sandra Scott had what her coach called an "awesome" showing at this year’s 14U state swim championships held in Savannah over the weekend.

Heat coach Donna Hooe said she was floored by Scott’s performance.

Scott placed in eight of the nine events, and it was her scoring that earned the Heat team a seventh-place finish in the small-team division.

Scott began the first day of competition with the 200-meter individual medley, where she qualified for the A final with a time of 2 minutes, 22.82 seconds.

Later that evening she swam a 2:22.38 for eighth place in the same category. Scott also competed in the 100-meter butterfly, clocking in at 1:04.75 to qualify for the B final, then came back in the evening and swam a 1:05.12 for 10th place.

In her last event of the first day, Scott qualified as first alternate in the 50-meter with a time of 35.50.

On day two, Scott began with the 200-meter freestyle, where she qualified for the B final with a time of 2:10.75. In the evening swim, she posted a time of 2:08.13 to take 11th place.

Her next event was the 50-meter butterfly, where she posted a 28.57 to qualify for the A final.

In the evening heat of the 50-meter butterfly, she came in at 28.44 for fifth place and was .05 seconds off the AAAA time standard.

Scott finished with the 400-meter individual medley, where she posted a 5:04.21 for 12th place.

"The final day of competition was a tough one," Hooe said. "Sandra began with her favorite, the 100-meter individual medley, with a time of 1:06.05, qualifying for the A final. Then she came back in the evening to swim a 1:05.93 for seventh place."

Scott swam the 500-meter freestyle in 5:45.58 for 16th place.

Hooe said Scott swam her toughest event later that evening, the 200-meter butterfly. Scott placed seventh with a time of 2:26.37.

The coach said Jorge Melendez improved his times in both the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter freestyle, coming in at 32.38 and 1:14.57, respectively and breaking both of his team records. 

Hooe said the two Heat team relays for the 11- and 12-year-old girls also allowed her team to set new Heat records.

The 200-meter medley relay with swimmers Madison James, Lexie Huffman, Scott and Harlee Sanford placed 18th with a time of 2:20.04, and the 200-meter freestyle relay of Scott, Sanford, Huffman and Madison James placed 18th with a time of 2:04.40, according to Hooe.

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