- Cullman, Alabama

January 30, 2013

LOCAL SWIMMING: Peel, Matz push Saints to impressive finish at regional championship

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — St. Bernard middle-schoolers Sarah Peel and Morgan Matz participated in a landmark weekend for the Saints’ swimming program this past Saturday, leading their school to 14th out of 40 teams at the Southeastern Middle School Swimming Championship in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Peel, 7, and Matz, 8, reached the finals in both of their events. Peel torpedoed to second in the 200-yard individual medley and third in the 100-yard breaststroke, while Matz glided to fifth in the 100-yard backstroke and 15th in the 50-yard freestyle.

In addition to the duo’s swimming prowess, coach Carson Glasscock said Peel and Matz are exceptional students.

“I am really proud of Sarah and Morgan. Both put in outstanding performances in a very tough regional meet,” he said in an email to The Times. “It really shows the future of competitive swimming at St. Bernard. I am most proud that both these girls were on the AB honor roll for the fall semester.”

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