In its first year, the Jefferson High School swim team is finding plenty of success. The Dragons already have swimmers qualified for the state meet and are looking forward to having more compete at Georgia Tech next month.
In the second half of the season, Jefferson will be entering into its tougher portion of the schedule and Assistant Coach Tricia Bartoletta says she is optimistic those who are on the brink of making it to state will pull out all stops for a strong finish.
“We are heading into the final month of our season with some important meets coming up. We already have a couple of state cuts and we really hope for some more,” Bartoletta said. “Jacob Musgrove, who has already qualified, is close to several more cuts; our girls’ 4×100 free relay team [which consists of] Falon Bell, Heather Perry, Victoria Swaim and Camille Porter is on the cusp of a state birth.”
The Dragons opened 2013 with a meet against host Greater Atlanta Christian and the Spartans were not the ones with a lot depth. Nearly every team at the meet saw more swimmers on its roster. Despite challenging teams with a larger roster, Jefferson placed in the top five and was prepared for the challenge.
“I’m very proud of our swim team. We had a very good meet at Greater Atlanta Christian this past Friday. Padeia and Providence Christian also competed,” said Bartoletta. “Our girls placed second overall and the boys were fourth. GAC had diving and a big team which kept their points quite a bit higher. In fact, all had bigger teams.
“The boys placed a very close fourth and were respectable taking almost six seconds off their 200 relay. As a combined team, we finished third. GAC and Padeia were large enough to have two relay teams in each of the events,” Bartoletta said.