The 2012-13 swim season is nearing its end but not before five members of the Cullman Swim Association take to their respective pools for their biggest meets to date.
Local swimmers Reese McNeel, Reagan Martin and Claire Ogstad qualified to compete in the Eastern Section Southern Zone (ESSZ) Age-Group Championships Friday through Sunday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in North Carolina, while St. Bernard standout Bennett Glasscock earned a spot at the ESSZ Senior Championships, which will be held March 14-17 in Nashville.
McNeel will spend quite a bit of her weekend in the water after posting qualifying times in a whopping seven events — 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard individual medley, backstroke and freestyle, and 50-yard backstroke, freestyle and butterfly. Martin will swim the 100-yard butterfly, and Ogstad will participate in the 100-yard breastroke.
Cabri Adams will join the three qualifying 9- to 10-year-old individuals to make up the CSA’s first-ever relay team at a sectional meet.
With graduation looming in May, the ESSZ Senior Championships will be Glasscock’s final meet as part of the Cullman Swim Association. The senior will close out his illustrious CSA swim career by competing in the 100-yard backstroke.
Cold Springs’ star Chayse Elliott will be among the state’s top talent on display at the third annual Alabama Basketball Academy Senior Showcase on Saturday at Randolph High in Huntsville.
Elliott will be joined on the boys roster by soon-to-be UAH teammate Seab Webster (Madison County), as well as West Morgan’s Brandon Roberts, Geraldine’s Christian Upton and Hazel Green’s Austin Dempsey, among others.
An 8-and-under exhibition game will begin at 4 p.m., followed by the girls’ senior showcase at 5:30 p.m. Elliott and the boys will take the court at 7 p.m.
Admission is $5. All proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Alabama.
% St. Bernard 29, Holy Family 5: Jacob Grey and John Gurtowski pitched for the Saints, and the St. Bernard offense took care of the rest in an overwhelming win for the home team on Monday.
“That’s probably the most runs we’ve ever scored at St. Bernard,” coach Wade Knight said.
% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.