Championships were won Tuesday, but many area swimmers already are eyeing a bigger prize.
At the CSRA Swimming and Diving Championships at the Augusta Aquatics Center, the Greenbrier boys and girls teams both took titles, with the boys scoring 561 points and the girls compiling 595 points. The Lakeside boys and girls teams finished second.
Along with team accolades, swimmers earned individual honors, as Greenbrier’s Nick Brown was named boys swimmer of the year and Lakeside’s Katherine Huff was named girls swimmer of the year. Greenbrier’s Jason Lucey was named coach of the year.
“It’s a good meet, having all these teams here,” said Brown, who has broken seven of eight individual team records. “But I think about state every day.”
On Tuesday, Brown won individual titles in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke and relay crowns in the 200-yard medley and the 400 yard freestyle relay.
As for Huff, she won the 100-yard butterfly, the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard freestyle relay.
But the two weren’t the only winners. CSRA champions included those in the 50-yard freestyle (Evans’ Luca Castresana and Greenbrier’s Leah Haney) and the 500-yard freestyle (Evans’ Mitchell Petras and Greenbrier’s Kate Clark), as well as the diving victors (Lakeside’s Ben Bissell and Grovetown’s Meghan Zets). The two divers also won last year.
“I feel like I’m a lot stronger this year, so I can excel more,” Bissell said. “And since it’s my senior year, I feel like I accomplished more.”
For those already qualified for the state meet, to be held at Georgia Tech starting Feb. 10, the CSRA Championships was a chance to see where work and improvement is most needed.
For Huff, she wants to be sharper and faster on her flip turns.
A two-time state champion, Huff is ready for one final attempt to add some more to her already impressive career.
“It’s going to be my last time swimming for Lakeside,” said Huff. “I’ll make the best of it.”