A double threat in the pool, Evans High School’s Dillon Keeler saved his best for last and was named the Augusta Chronicle Area Swimmer of the Year.
Facing stiff competition for the honor from within his own team as well as throughout the county, Keeler’s diving gave him the edge. Keeler tied for first in the 1-meter dive at the CSRA Championship while placing second in the 100 yard breastroke and was named the CSRA Male Athlete of the Year. He took seventh in the 1- meter dive at the Georgia High School Association State Swimming and Diving Meet, February 8, then was part of two top-10 relay teams as the Knights finished eighth in the state. “It was exciting to be able to excel in both swimming and diving and have a great year, if not just the best year of my high school career,” Keeler said.
He started swimming as a treatment for Perthes Disease, which affects his hip, and took up diving as a sophomore.
Evans’ head coach Tiffanie Douglas was just happy that Keeler was a part of her team.
“He has excelled in swimming and diving through hard work and dedication to his sport and his team,” said Douglas. “He is also supportive of his teammates and willing to do whatever the team needs to be successful.”