The Gators finished behind the Carrollton Bluefins, who finished first, and the Douglas County Stingrays, who came in second. Carrollton led the nine teams in the meet with 155 swimmers total. The Gators had 15 swimmers on Friday and 28 swimmers on Saturday for a total of 43.
“We did pretty well. Carrollton and Douglas County had a bunch of swimmers, but we gave it our best,” said Gators head coach Doug Tingle.
Even though several Gators performed well, one particular Gator shined the brightest of them all: Six-year-old Alanna Wood, who was the high-point winner in her age group. Wood finished first in all six events she swam in at the meet, netting nine points per win for a total of 54 points overall.
“Alanna was fantastic. She even finished second in the 200 IM as the youngest swimmer in that event. She had a great meet,” Tingle said.
The 200 IM is a combination of four events: The 50 freestyle, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke and the 50 butterfly.
Other Gators who scored well in their age group at the meet were Bethany Tilson (high points, girls 13 & 14), Warren Snell (3rd, boys 15 & over) and LeeAnn Frank (4th, girls 15 & over).
Tingle also said that rookie swimmers Beth Thurston, 10, and Madison Lane, 10, did very well in their first-ever swim meet.
The Gators are gearing up for their own swim meet next month and all adults 19 and over who want to swim in that meet will be able to practice at the City Park Pool Mondays-Thursdays starting on July 2 at 6:30 a.m. and at 7 p.m. There will be no practice on July 4.
The Griffin Gator Invitational will be July 20-21 at City Park Pool.