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December 3, 2012

PREP SWIMMING AND DIVING: State meet goes swimmingly for Saints, Cats

AUBURN — The 2012 swimming and diving season came to a close with one last splash at the state meet in Auburn this past weekend.

St. Bernard senior Bennett Glasscock reached the finals in both of his respective events, as did Cullman diver Chaz Brouilette and the Bearcat boys’ 4x100-yard freestyle relay foursome of Noah Price, Christopher McAlpin, Eric Pilcher and Kyle Norris.

Glasscock motored his way to 11th in the 100-meter butterfly (55.74) and 14th in the 100-meter backstroke (56.80).

He was joined at the competition by seventh-grader and fellow Saint teammate Sarah Peel, by far the youngest swimmer to ever represent Cullman County at the state meet. The 13-year-old landed in 28th in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:15.53) and 40th in the 200-yard individual medley (2:27.93).

Price, McAlpin, Pilcher and Norris shattered Cullman’s previous school record by nearly five seconds in the 4x100-yard freestyle relay en route to a 10th-place result (3:35.77) in the finals. The same group claimed 19th in the 200-yard medley relay (1:54.76).

All four relay members also took to the pool for at least one individual event, with Price, a junior, leading the way with 19th in the 200-yard freestyle (1:55.59) and 27th in the 500-yard freestyle (5:26.56).

McAlpin closed out a successful prep career as a Bearcat with 24th in the 100-yard butterfly (59.88) and 28th in the 100-yard backstroke (1:01.51, school record), while Pilcher, a freshman, finished 32nd in the 100-yard backstroke (1:02.02) and 37th in the 200-yard IM (2:17.34).

Norris, a sophomore, rounded out the bunch with 37th in the 500-yard freestyle (5:43.24).

Cullman’s girls were represented by an extremely young lineup in three different relays. Anna Evans (seventh grade), Kacie Donaldson (eighth), Callie Hollingsworth (eighth) and Madi Smith (sophomore) finished 21st in the 200- (1:56.19) and 400-yard freestyle relays (4:19.27). They also grabbed 27th in the 200-yard medley relay (2:12.47).

Brouilette set a new school record with 298.4 points in the diving portion of the meet. He finished in 11th after qualifying for the finals and completing 11 total dives.

Fellow Bearcat Michael Bentley advanced to the semifinals and placed 18th, while John Evans was 22nd.

Anna Trevarthen also made the semifinals, finishing 17th in the girls’ competition.

Close to 800 swimmers were on hand at the Auburn University complex for the season-ending meet. All classifications were scored together, regardless of school size.

Huntsville won the overall boys title, and McGill-Toolen Cathloic took the girls crown. Cullman’s boys were 28th overall, while Glasscock single-handedly led St. Bernard to 36th.



% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.

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