Seven members of the FA Varsity Swim team and five members of the FA Middle School Swim team traveled to Georgia Tech this past weekend to compete in the GISA State Swim Meet for the 2021-2022 season. This was one of the largest State meets ever with 53 GISA schools and over 360 swimmers competing. Each of the FA swimmers attending had to secure an individual qualifying time in an event. Nine state records were broken at this event, three by an Olympic hopeful.
Our Varsity Girls Relay started off in the very first event with the girls 200-yard Medley Relay. With Ashley Prokop swimming back, Gillian Sullivan swimming breast, Cammie Pope swimming butterfly, and Caroline McGregor swimming freestyle, the girls secured a sixth-place finish, earning a ribbon and points for the team.
For the first time ever, FA was able to enter a Middle School boys Medley Relay. This team, consisting of Case Mitchell swimming back, Johnny McQuade swimming breast, Jimmy McQuade swimming butterfly, and Clay Sproule swimming freestyle, gave it their all and slid into a top-ten finish.
Ashley Prokop had an amazing swim in the 200-yard Individual Medley Relay and eased into 6th place on her last lap earning an individual ribbon and points for the Varsity Girls Swim team.
Spencer Sullivan earned a top-ten finish in the 500 Freestyle. Middle School swimmer Jimmy McQuade was a star. Jimmy took second place (out of 76 swimmers) in the Middle School boys 50 Freestyle, third place in the 100-yard freestyle, and third place in the 50-yard breaststroke. Jimmy medaled in each of these events and earned points for the Middle School Boys Team.
The Varsity Girls Freestyle Relay Team finished the night with an impressive 7th place finish. This relay consisted of Ashley Prokop, Cammie Pope, Ava Layne Hennessy, and Caroline McGregor. They all swam some of their fastest times and won a ribbon and points for the team.
We are very proud of 6th grader, Johnny McQuade who qualified in two individual events. Seventh graders Clay Sproule, Case Mitchell, and Ava Smith all qualified in two individual events, and eighth-grader Jimmy McQuade qualified in four individual events.
Our Varsity Swim qualifiers were freshman Ava Layne Hennessy (qualifying in two individual events) and Caroline McGregor (qualifying in three individual events). Our sophomore qualifiers were Gillian Sullivan and Ashley Prokop (qualifying in an impressive four individual events). Our senior swimmers were Cammie Pope (qualifying in three individual events), Spencer Sullivan and Andrew Kaminer (both earned qualifying times in four individual events).
It was a bittersweet event for our seniors, as Cammie, Spencer, and Andrew swam together for the past four years. The team will miss them next year, but we look forward to seeing the FA Swim Teams compete in the future.
Coach Nikki Pope