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Olympic dreams spur swimmers to success
Sandra Scott and McKaylin Darsey are headed to Atlanta mid July for the USA Swimming 14U State Championships. - photo by Photo by Susan Baker

Liberty County Hammerhead swimmers Sandra Scott and McKaylin Darsey placed well at the Edwin C. Cuttino Memorial meet at the Chatham Aquatic Center on June19-21, earning bids to the State 14U championships on July 24-25 in Atlanta.

Guided by swim coach Donna Hooe, both girls said they’d like some day to qualify for an Olympic team.

Scott took second place in the 50-meter breast stroke, 50-meter free style and 50-meter back stroke, giving her the nod for state with times of 47.26, 34.83 and42.36 seconds respectively. She placed fourth in the 200-meter free style and third in the 100-meter brest stroke. She has qualified for every event available in the 10U age group.

Darsey had a best time in the 100-meter back stroke coming in at1:29.74 and had a solid 50-meter free style time at 37.71. On the second day of competition she had two personal best times in the 50-meter back stroke (44.68) and the 100-meter free style (1:23.55). She qualified to swim the 200-meter back stroke and 8oo-meter free style at State for the 11-12 age group.

Robert Hooe took more than 30 seconds off his previous 200- meter inter-mediate relay time coming in at 4:56.59. He shaved nine seconds off his 100-meter back stroke finishing at 2:14.75, and had a solid finish in the 50-meter free style coming in at 49.17.

Coach Hooe placed well in the 15 and over age category heat. She finished the 200-meter inter-mediate at 3:15.84, the 100-meter free style in 1:15.18 and the 200-meter back stroke in 3:16.97. Later she folowed those results up with two personal best times in the 100-meter back stroke (1:33.21), and the 400-meter free style (5:49.72).

Two other Liberty swimmers, Dakota Woods and Gatlin Woods, who swim for Georgia Coastal Aquatic Team, also placed well.

Dakota Woods went 2:47.44 in the 200 IM, 1:08.81 in the 100-meter free style, 29.92 in the 50-meter free style, 2:33.28 in the 200-meter free style and 1:25.97 in the 100-meter brest stroke.

Gatlin Woods went 1:15.35 in the 100-meter free style, 3:20.94 in the 200-meter brest stroke and 33.29 in the 50-meter free style.

The competition in the 13-14 and 15-over age groups was fierce with a strong contingent of swimmers from Virginia, Florida and South Carolina at this meet.


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