AHS Swim Team wraps up regular season

AHS Swim Team wraps up regular season
Posted on 01/30/2019

The Arlington Tigers Swim Team wrapped up a great 2018-2019 season last Saturday with a strong showing at the Shelby County District Championship Meet.

The Shelby County District Championships was held Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the St. George’s Independent School Compton Aquatic Center in Germantown, TN. For those unfamiliar with competitive swimming, championship meets consist of two sessions, a preliminary session and a finals session. Preliminaries were held Saturday morning, with swimmers competing for one of 16 top spots in their respective events. Those swimmers who successfully placed in the top 16 in the morning’s session returned on Saturday night to compete in the finals.

Each finals event consists of 2 heats: a consolation final where the morning preliminary qualifiers who placed 9th through 16th in their event(s), swim for finals placement, and a championship final where the top eight swimmers compete for the top spot in each event.

Although a small team by district standards at 28 swimmers, the Tigers had 14 swimmers qualify for this year’s District Championships. The Shelby County district is a very competitive district with many swimmers who compete year-round in the USA Swimming league. It is hard for small teams like Arlington to stand out when swimming against larger teams, but our swimmers swam very well and had many students qualify for finals events. Of the 14 swimmers who qualified to swim the District Championship meet, eight Arlington swimmers placed in the top 16 in their respective events and returned to swim that evening in 14 individual finals events and four relay events.

Those swimmers who competed in individual finals events and their final placement were:

 Swimmer - Year  Place Event
Raine Boles - Freshman 5th
Women's 50yd Freestyle
Women's 100yd Freestyle 
Grant Bridges - Junior 13th
Men's 50yd Freestyle
Men's 100yd Breaststroke
Beau Broussard - Sophomore          1st
Men's 100yd Backstroke
Men's 100yd Butterfly
Brooke Diviney - Junior 5th
Women's 100yd Breaststroke
Women's 100yd Backstroke    
Olivia Gathright - Sophomore 15th
Women's 50yd Freestyle
Women's 100yd Backstroke
Matthew Ku - Sophomore 8th
Men's 100yd Individual Medley.   
Men's 100yd Butterfly
Sam Trahan - Freshman 13th Men's 200yd Freestyle
Brooke Wells - Freshman 12th
Women's 50yd Butterfly
Women's 100yd Freestyle


AHS Swim TeamArlington swimmers also did well in the team relay events, with the women taking 8th place in the Women’s 200 Individual Medley Relay and the men taking 5th place in the Men’s 200 Individual Medley Relay, 5th in the Men’s 200 Freestyle Relay, and 7th in the Men’s 400 Freestyle Relay.

Although the regular season is over, the Tigers are preparing for the 2019 Tennessee High School State Swimming Championships, which will be held February 7-9, 2019 at the Nashville Aquatic Center in Nashville, TN.

Arlington’s coach, Gui Passos, has selected 12 swimmers for their state team: Raine Boles (Individual/Relay), Grant Bridges (Relay), Beau Broussard (Individual/Relay), Brooke Diviney (Individual/Relay), Olivia Gathright (Relay), Jannah Greever (Relay), Matthew Ku (Relay), Cade La Benz (Relay), Sarah Straub (Relay), Patrick Thompson (Relay), Sam Trahan (Individual/Relay), and Brooke Wells (Relay).

Those swimmers with individual qualifying times will swim in individual races and the team will compete in the Men’s/Women’s 200yd Individual Medley Relay, the Men’s/Women’s 200yd Freestyle Relay, and the Men’s/Women’s 400yd Freestyle Relay events.