Auburn, AL – Huntsville High School and Randolph School’s boys’ and girls’ swimming teams roll into the 63rd AHSAA State Swimming Championships Friday at Auburn University’s Martin Aquatics Center as defending champions. For all four teams to repeat will be impossible.
This year, Huntsville and Randolph will be competing in the Class 6A/7A division – which opens the door for a number of schools in the Class 1A/5A division.
The AHSAA State Championships get underway with swimming prelims beginning at 4 p.m. The finals will be Saturday at 2 p.m. Diving is set for Thursday night, 5 p.m.
Bob Jones won the North Sectional Meet earlier this month beating Huntsville 505-351 in the 6A/7A girls’ meet. Randolph finished eighth with 121 points. In the boys’ 6A/7A meet, Huntsville cruised to the sectional title with 536 points. Bob Jones edged James Clemens 357 to 356.50 for second place and Randolph was fifth.
St. Paul’s Episcopal claimed the South Sectional girls’ title with 350 points. Fairhope was second at 260. The two schools reversed order in the boys’ competition with Fairhope winning 283-214. Auburn won the girls’ 6A/7A Central Sectional crown with 370 points. Hoover was runner-up with 291. Auburn also won the boys’ title with 388 points, and Vestavia Hills was second with 291.
Jasper won the Class 1A/5A Central girls’ section championship with 246 points. LAMP of Montgomery was second with 192 points. LAMP’s boys won the Central title with 388 points, and Jasper was second with 257. Gulf Shores won the 1A/5A boys’ South Sectional meet by one point over UMS-Wright. The Dolphins had 339 points and UMS had 338. UMS-Wright’s girls dominated the 1A/5A Central competition posting 457 points to claim the championship. Gulf Shores was second with 254. Huntsville’s Whitesburg Christian School won the North title with 271 points, and Scottsboro was second with 250. Boaz swept the 1A/5A North boys’ meet totaling 467 points, and Whitesburg Christian edged Scottsboro for second place by two points, 239-237.
Among the top swimmers returning for the 2022 AHSAA State Championships is Tallassee High School junior Macey Stewart, who set the Class 1A/5A 100-yard backstroke record at last year’s state meet with a time of 55.75 seconds. She won the Central Sectional 100-yard freestyle with a 52.07 time this year and also swam a time of 56.19 to win the 100-yard backstroke.
Some of the other outstanding swimmers to keep an eye on will be Huntsville’s Luke Bedsole, Hoover’s Lukas Fu and Victor Song, Gulf Shores’ Murray Reed, and Lance Young of Alabama School of Cyber Technology. On the girls’ side, Florence’s Madelyn Dawson, Bob Jones’ Samantha Chan, UMS-Wright’s Clark Doyle, Murphy’s Peyton Williams, and Bayside Academy’s Elizabeth Chen.
Complete sectional results can be found at on the AHSAA website at the swimming link: https://www.ahsaa.com/Sports/Swimming-Diving#609136-2022-season