This past Friday night AC Flora hosted the 4A State Swimming Championships at the USC Solomon Blatt Natatorium. If you’ve never been to a high school swim meet before, you can’t imagine how fast-paced this sport runs. Swimmers are finishing races only to have to line up again for another race in mere minutes. Sometimes there is no rest; it can be utterly exhausting.
The Edwards brothers are strong swimmers. Hence, they are two of the above-mentioned athletes who have little rest time during a meet. However, on Friday night, both were up to the task. Emerson Edwards struck gold first by winning the 100 Freestyle with a time of 46.73 seconds. Not to be outdone, Tanner Edwards earned his gold by turning in a time of 51.64 seconds in the 100 Backstroke. Emerson, a senior, has committed to swim at BYU this fall. According to College Swimming, he’s ranked 4th in the state in the Class of 2019. Emerson also won a State Championship in the 100 Freestyle in 2017 and won the State Championship in the 100 Breaststroke in 2016.
As a whole, the teams finished in strong fashion. The Girls team finished 4th in the State, and the Boys team finished 5th in the State. Congratulations to all our Falcon Fins and coaches on a great season! Falcon Swim has a ton of young talent, and have a very bright future ahead.
The following swimmers/teams placed:
Girls 200 Medley Relay – 2nd place: Lucy McCardle, Hannah Montgomery, Anna Gahagan, and Peyton Vidrine
Girls 50 Free – 3rd place: Peyton Vidrine
Girls 100 Fly – 3rd place: Peyton Vidrine
Boys 100 Free – 1st place: Emerson Edwards (placed 1st at 2017 State)
Boys 100 Back – 1st place: Tanner Edwards
Boys 100 Breast- 2nd place: Emerson Edwards (placed 2nd at 2017 State, placed 1st at 2016 State)
Girls 400 Free Relay – 2nd place: Lucy McCardle, Weston Manning, Anna Gahagan, and Peyton Vidrine
Boys 400 Free Relay – 3rd place: Jack Stokes, Hill Teas, Tanner Edwards, and Emerson Edwards