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YOUTH SWIMMING: Local swimmers heading to state title meets

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Three Rivers State Qualifiers

Members of the Three Rivers Swim Club will be competiting at state championship meets over the next two weekends. Shown are Nathan Medley (front row, from left), Viola Hasko, Mason Hunter (back row, from left), Kent Schirmacher and Samson Mumber. Not pictured: Will Davis and A.J. Williams Jr. (Contributed photo)

A group of local young swimmers are preparing to represent the Three Rivers Swim Club at two upcoming Georgia State Swimming Championship Meets after qualifying in several events.

Nathan Medley, 12, qualified in 11 events for the 14 and Under Long Course (50 meter) State Championship Meet this weekend at Georgia Tech. Medley qualified in the 50- and 100-meter backstroke, the 50, 100, and 200 breaststroke, the 50 and 100 butterfly, the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle and the 200 individual medley.

Medley will only be able to swim three events each, so he is limited to nine events total for the meet.

Meanwhile, six other swimmers will be competing July 29-31 at the 15 and Over Long Course State Championship Meet at the University of Georgia.

Mason Hunter, 17, is qualified in eight events, including the 50-meter breaststroke, in which he is the reigning champ. Hunter will also compete in the 50 and 100 backstroke, the 100 and 200 breaststroke, the 50 and 100 freestyle, and the 200 individual medley in the senior boys division.

Samson Mumber, 16, a three-time finalist last summer, will be racing in the 50, 100, and 200 backstroke, the 50 butterfly, and the 50 and 100 freestyle. Viola Hasko, a top-10 finisher in the 50-meter breaststroke last summer, will be racing in the 50, 100, and 200 breaststroke.

Kent Schirmacher, 17, and A.J. Williams Jr., 15, qualified in the 50 and 100 breaststroke. Will Davis, 19, qualified in the 50 backstroke. The Three Rivers senior boys plan on swimming the 200, 400, and 800 freestyle relays, as well as the 200 and 400 medley relays.

Hunter and Mumber are qualified for the USA Swimming Futures Meet in Nashville, Tennessee, Aug. 2-6, but have their sights posting qualifying times for the August Junior and Senior National Meet next weekend.