GHS swimmers eye state cuts

  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chris Sokoloski/South Strand News Coach Mary Wall oversees Georgetown High School swim team practice at the Georgetown County YMCA. The team began its third season on Aug. 23.

As the Georgetown High School swim team begins its third season, team members have the same goals: continue to post faster times and send more swimmers to the state meet.

Last year, eight Bulldogs competed for individual state titles.

“I think we’ve gotten a lot better and I think the people who have been [swimming] the whole time have grown a lot,” said freshman Abigail Padgett.

“Everybody’s getting better and stronger,” said sophomore Sydney Robertson.

Many of the Georgetown High swimmers also compete for the Georgetown Family YMCA’s Wahoos swim team. This gives them an advantage said Mary Wall, who coaches the Wahoos and the Bulldogs with Amy Condon.

“Swimming really is a sport that you have to do every day all year long if you’re going to build and grow and get better,” Wall said. “Kids that swim year-round are much more prepared than the kids that swim a couple of months out of the year.”

Wall and the Wahoos train five days a week for 11 months of the year. Training and competing for the high school season is three days a week for about six weeks.

Wall said the Wahoos swimmers are more used to competition and less nervous during the high school season.

“It’s a lot harder so it makes the high school training seem like easier and it keeps you swimming,” Padgett said of the Wahoos training.

Freshman Darrian Gardner also swims for both teams.

“[Wahoo training] keeps me swimming every day so I’m conditioning every day and getting better,” she said.

“Wahoo training is a little more intense,” said sophomore Dylan Visbaras. “It does help prepare you for the Georgetown season.”

Wall said her strongest swimmers this season are Gardner, Hurley Cribb, Chrissie Wall, Catherine Condon and Allen Poston.

She is extremely pleased with the progress she’s seen from Cribb, Gardner and Poston.

Cribb, a freshman, was only able to compete in two strokes last season. Coach Wall said he has a chance to make state cuts in multiple strokes this year.

“Hurley Cribb has made the most improvement so far of all swimmers over this past year,” coach Wall said. “He is a true leader, dedicated swimmer, and will lead the Bulldogs as the captain this year.”

Gardner had a lot of success during the Wahoos season.

“Darrian has shown much improvement over the Wahoos season and is showing a lot during the Georgetown season,” coach Wall said.

Only a seventh-grader, Poston is one of the youngest on the Georgetown High team.

“I look for him to do some good things against the other kids his age,” coach Wall said. “[He’s] very strong in all four strokes.”

Chrissie Wall, a sophomore, and Condon, a freshman, are both coming off injuries, as is senior Andrew Gwinn. All are making great progress, coach Wall said.

“Our kids are competitive but most importantly they just enjoy being part of a team,” said coaches Wall and Condon.

The Bulldogs started its season Aug. 23, with a trip to Myrtle Beach. The next meet is Aug. 30 at North Myrtle Beach.

Georgetown is hosting meets at the YMCA on Sept. 13 and 27.

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