The Ware County Gator Swim Team made history this weekend at the GHSA Swimming & Diving State Championship. For the first time ever, the Gators had six swimmers attend the meet and qualified in a total of five events between all of them. In addition, for the first time ever, Ware County qualified for the finals by having swimmers in the top 30 after prelims on Friday. The Boys' 200 Freestyle team (Brantley Good, Hunter Hook, Joe Robertson, Spencer Hoyt, & alternate Caleb Crawford) were originally seeded number 53 out of the top 59 teams in the state. Dropping a total of 2.68 seconds, they finished number 20 out of all 4A-5A schools in the state. The Boys' 400 Freestyle team (Paul Ryan Crawford, Hunter Hook, Joe Robertson, Spencer Hoyt, & alternate Caleb Crawford) were originally seeded number 39 out of the top 42 teams in the state. They dropped a whopping 5.01 seconds and finished number 18 out of all 4A-5A schools in the state. Spencer Hoyt qualified in three individual events (100 Breaststroke, 200 IM, & 100 Butterfly) and chose to swim the 100 yd. Breaststroke and 200 yd. Individual Medley. Originally seeded number 30 in the 200 yd. IM, Spencer dropped 2.56 seconds and placed number 18 in the state for all 4A-5A schools in this event. In the 100 yd. Breaststroke, Spencer dropped an impressive 5.09 seconds and finished number 13 in the state for all 4A-5A schools in this event.
The coaches are extremely proud of the dedication and effort the team has shown this season.