Young swimmers advance out of district competition
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
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The Cherokee County Aquatic Center was busy Saturday afternoon, as it hosted a district meet for the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association.
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The Cherokee County Aquatic Center was busy Saturday afternoon, as it hosted a district meet for the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association.
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More than 50 local youth swimmers will compete at the state meet after qualifying through Saturday’s Georgia Recreation and Parks Association District 5 meet at the Cherokee County Aquatic Center.

Swimmers ages 7-18 qualified for the state meet by placing among the top finishers in their respective age groups. Many of the swimmers competed against one another throughout the summer, representing their respective swimming clubs or neighborhood associations.

Among those qualifying for the girls ages 7-8 were Tristan Barber (25-yard backstroke), Lainey Blase (100 medley relay, 25 free, 25 back, 100 free relay), Abbi Laczko (50 free, 100 medley relay, 25 butterfly, 100 free relay) and Clare Mills (100 medley relay, 100 IM, 25 back, 100 free relay)

In girls 9-10, Laurel Blase (100 medley relay, 25 free, 25 butterfly, 100 free relay) was among the qualifiers.

Qualifying in girls 11-12 were Hannah Becker (100 free, 50 back), Alyssa Kirby (200 medley relay, 200 free relay), Kyra Larson (200 medley relay, 50 breast, 100 IM, 200 free relay) and Kelci Verdon (200 free relay).

Qualifying in girls 13-14 were Molly Kate Bagwell (200 medley relay, 200 free relay), Ansley Davis (200 medley relay, 50 back, 50 butterfly, 200 free relay), Teresa Lee (200 medley relay, 50 butterfly, 200 free relay) and Maddy Rogers (50 free).

In girls 15-18, Mikalya Miller (200 free relay) qualified.

The boys had just as many qualifiers.

In the boys 7-8 division, Bryson Shaw qualified for four events — the 50 free, 100 medley relay, 25 free and 100 free relay.

In boys 9-10, Grant Davis (50 free, 100 IM, 100 free relay, 100 medley relay) qualified, as did Nate Johnson (100 free relay, 100 medley relay) and Braedon Larson (25 back, 100 free relay, 100 medley relay).

Qualifying in boys 11-12 were Nicholas Janflone (200 medley relay, 100 IM, 200 free relay) and Noah Miller (200 medley relay, 200 free relay).

All told, swimmers who made up the Cherokee Cyclones will compete in 64 individual races and 22 relays at the state championships, which will be held July 25-26 at the Cumming Aquatic Center.

The Cyclones are coached by Jonny Balchus, under the coordination of Anne Davis.
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