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13 teams to compete in swim meet today at Splash

Blue Devils, Yellow Jackets included in field of 208

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    Twenty-four swimmers from Statesboro High and Southeast Bulloch will take to the pool today at Splash in the ’Boro for the Statesboro High Swimming Invitational. The Blue Devils and Yellow Jackets will compete in 11 different events against 13 teams in their first meet since Dec. 16, 2006.
    “We’re going to try and do the best we can,” said coach Carolyn Lota. “We had some time off during the holidays but have been back at practice for the past two weeks.”
    Brunswick, Camden County, Coffee County, Glynn Academy, Jeff Davis County, St. Vincent’s Academy, Vidalia, Warner-Robins, Ware County, Ware Magnet School and Wayne County and will join the two Bulloch County hosts in the competition.
    “We’ll have our hands full,” said Lota of the opponents.
    The meet will feature three relay events and eight individual. Statesboro’s Daniel Bradley will be looking to improve on his boy’s 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter freestyle times, which are both close to qualifying for the state meet.
    The boys 200-meter freestyle relay team of Bradley, Cam Sutcliffe, Stephen Harvey and Jack O’Malley is also looking to improve on its time while the girl’s 400-meter relay team of Julie Stalcup, Melonie Schmid, Leanne Dannacar and Erin Irby should look to finish at the top of the meet.
    “I think our boys should finish somewhere in the top three, and our girls should be able to finish in the top five,” said Lota.
    Lota expects 208 athletes to take part in today’s competition and expects the 50 free to be one of the most exciting events. The boy’s contest will have seven heats of eight swimmers while the girl’s event will feature 12 heats.
    The meet is free to the public and Lota said the Blue Devils and Yellow Jackets will welcome any and all the support they can get.
    “I don’t think many people realize just how hard these kids work,” she said. “We practice everyday for an hour-and-a-half and these kids have just worked really, really hard.”
    Chad Bishop can be reached at (912)-489-9404.
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