Being a student athlete is hard work – no matter the sport. Balancing the demands of athletic training, competitions, school work and social activities keeps both students and parents very busy. It is a family commitment. To qualify for a state-wide competition is and of itself a huge accomplishment. After months of a grueling training schedule and competing in swim meets throughout the year, the state competition is the culminating event for high school athletes. Members of the Athens High School Swim Team not only qualified in numerous events but excelled in the state competition.
Connor Hill swam his personal best times in both the 100 yard freestyle and the 100 yard breaststroke. He won the consolation final in the 100 breaststroke to finish 9th in the state.
Kobie Melton, Mallory Underwood, Emma Preston, Grace Martin, Medley Relay Team Members, qualified for the championship final and finished 6th in the state.
Madelyn Farmer, Mallory Underwood, Emma Preston, Kobie Melton, Freestyle Relay Team Members, qualified for championship final and finished 5th in the state.
Emma Preston qualified for consolation finals for both the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle, finishing 14th in the 200 freestyle and 11th in the 500 freestyle.
Kobie Melton competed in the championship final of both the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke finishing 2nd in the 200 freestyle, just .01 behind the winner! She won the 100 backstroke to become the 6A-7A state champion in that event!
Mallory Underwood competed in the championship final of both individual events. Mallory won both of her individual events to become a two time 6A-7A state champion this season! She won the 500 freestyle and the 200 individual medley. Mallory is also the new AHSAA State Record holder in the 200 individual medley.
Mallory is a senior, finishing her 6th season as an AHS varsity swim team member. She is a 5 time individual state champion and will continue her swimming career as a member of The University of Alabama Swim Team this fall.