SEGA swimmers leave for state competitions
Four athletes from Southern Eagle Aquatics (SEGA) will compete in the Georgia Swimming State Championships biannual championships throughout July.
Georgia Swimming, a local division of USA Swimming, the governing body of competitive swimming in the US Olympic Movement, will host an age group championship for athletes 14 and under July 15-18 at Georgia Tech, and a senior state championship (all ages) at the University of Georgia July 23-25. Both competitions will take place in the 50-meter pool, the same pool length used in the Olympics.
For the Age Group Championship competition, Jada Fedrick (10, Cobbtown) qualified in the 50 and 100 freestyle, 50 butterfly and 100 breaststroke; Kenny Grifith (11, Brooklet) will compete in 9 events (50, 100, 200 and 400 freestyle; 50, 100 and 200 butterfly; 200 and 400 individual medley); Cade Tysinger (14, Statesboro) will swim the 200m butterfly and 100m freestyle. Mary Gen Williams (17, Metter) will compete in the 50 breaststroke at the Senior State Championships.
“Jada qualified for state age group competition in her first season competing in the United States and she loves to run,” said head coach Beau Caldwell. “She has been a great addition to our team!”
Caldwell noted of Tysinger: “Cade will be returning for his 3rd GA State meeting and has made significant improvements every season in his qualifying and performance. Each season he’s able to stay one step ahead and add to his roster, surpassing qualifying standards faster for older ages.
Griffith, who is also attending his 3rd GA State Meeting, will have the busiest schedule among SEGA athletes, competing in 9 events, the maximum allowed per qualification. “Kenny’s commitment to training every day matches that of someone with their workload in competition. He will have the chance to compete with the best athletes in his age group in many different disciplines, ”Caldwell said.
Williams, like Tysinger, has had to requalify for the championships each season against ever-changing qualifying times.
“Once again, Mary Gen has earned her place into a new competition by reinventing certain swimming techniques and adjusting priorities along the way to get there. She sets high standards for herself and pursues her accomplishments, ”Caldwell said of Trinity Christian School going up in final grade.
Since its inception in 2019, SEGA has enabled athletes to qualify for each senior state championship contested and 3 of the 4 state championships per age group contested.
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