The Rockdale Swim League is just getting started, and many kids are unable to get to every meet, but nonetheless the coaches are pleased with the effort.
The six-meet season began Monday at neighborhood pools across Rockdale County with all six teams squaring off at three different sites. The same took place Thursday night, finishing after press time, due to as many as 80 events having been swam.
The Covington Y, Newton County’s only representative competed at Deer Run Monday, beginning its three-straight title defense.
Covington competed against Honey Creek, and Deer Run hosted Westchester Lakes Monday.
“The swimmers were put into some tough positions,” Deer Run coach Taylor Horton said of Monday’s meet.
Honey Creek hosted the Brentwood Barracudas Monday, with many of the Splash swimmers getting their feet wet literally and figuratively and the Barracudas picking up the win. Some of the Honey Creek competitors were disqualified, still learning to swim, but many came out on top in their respective races.
“Many of our swimmers got first and second place,” Honey Creek coach Alisa Cartwright said. “Three of our swimmers were disqualified for not swimming correctly.”
Both Honey Creek and Brentwood were missing swimmers, with about 19 of the Splash swimmers attending and about 75 of the 85 Barracudas participating. Thirty nine Barracudas won their races, 26 finished second and 30 finished third, according to Brentwood coach Dawn Lane.
Westchester Lakes defeated host Meadowbrook behind 40 first-place finishes from the Wahoos.
The Meadowbrook Marlins didn’t have as many swimmers as it typically would for the 82-event meet, as the season and summer weather were just getting started.
“Since we had about 30 less swimmers, I was proud of the performances that we gave,” Meadowbrook coach Beth Ward said.
The Rockdale Swim League runs through June 29 with the County Championship Meet at Johnson Park.
Joseph Anderson contributed to this report.