CENTRE - Coming off a second-place finish in last year’s Alabama Recreation and Parks Association state swim meet, the Centre Otters have been proving that 2016 was not just a one-year wonder.
In their first meet of the season on June 13, the Otters blew the Jacksonville Hurricanes out of the pool, taking first place in 47 of the 57 events.
“We had so many kids finish first place that they had to order more ribbons for us,” Otters head coach Betsy Rainer said. “We have a very strong team this year. We have more kids swimming year-round now, and we have kids driving all the way from Oneonta, Ashville, Southside and Gadsden to swim at our pool now.”
Suzanne Rainer placed first in three individual events in the girls 9-10 category, including the 100-yard individual medley (1:39.43), 100-yard freestyle (1:26.69) and 50-yard breaststroke (47.34).
Sera Beth Potter took first place in three individual events in the girls 13-14 category, including the 100-yard individual medley (1:14.06), 50-yard freestyle (57.45) and 50-yard breaststroke (32.91).
In the boys 15-18 age group, John David Holt took first place in the 100-yard individual medley (1:01.00), 50-yard butterfly (25.13) and 50-yard breaststroke (29.63).
Leighton Rainer earned first place in the girls 15-18 100-yard individual medley (1:06.04), 50-yard breaststroke (34.10) and 50-yard backstroke (31.07).
Addison Claire Hassell, Suzanne Rainer, Ciana Smith, and Marcy Whitt took first place in the girls 9-10 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:10.50.
The Otters were supposed to compete in another meet on Thursday, but it was canceled. Their next meet will be at Guntersville July 6 with Fort Payne, followed by a trip to Anniston on July 8 to take on the Otters’ three district opponents.
“The tri-meet at Guntersville will be a nice test for us because Guntersville and Fort Payne are both well-established teams outside of our district,” Rainer said.
“The Anniston meet will be a pretty good showing for what our district meet will hold for us, because all four teams from our district will be at that meet.”
The Otters’ district meet will be held July 13.