The Carrollton Bluefin swim coach will be sending seven competitors to the Georgia 14&U Short Course Championship at the Chatham County Aquatic Center in Savannah for action, which begins today and runs through Sunday.
“All these kids are being rested so they can hopefully go down there and swim real fast. If we’re lucky enough, we’ll get some of them to get some fast times to go to the sectional meet two weeks later. This is their cream-of-the-crop meet,” Weeks said.
Elizabeth Anthony and Matt Leahey represent the Bluefins’ two first-time qualifiers, while this will be the second trip for Hanna Lee and Jaxson Crews and the third for Donald Sener. It will mark the fourth trip for seasoned veterans Cade Crews and Carolyn Ives. Anna Naguszewski also qualified, but she will not be attending the meet.
And while Weeks is excited for all the swimmers headed to Savannah, he said it will be a special meet for Ives, who is 14 and will be competing in her final 14-and-under competition.
He said he expects big things from her, having qualified in seven events.
“Carolyn’s actually being tapered down. Tapering is a situation where you take a swimmer and work them really hard for a long period of time and then you rest them down, where their body’s totally rested and ready to go,” Weeks said.
As for the rest of the competitors, the Bluefin coach is hopeful a number of them will advance into age group sectionals, which is two weeks from now in Nashville, Tenn.
The Bluefins will host the Southwest Divisionals at the end of March, a meet that will feature roughly 600 swimmers.