Gulf Shores Swim Team competes in Fairhope swim meets

Gulf Shores Swim Team competes in Fairhope swim meets
Gulf Shores will host Championship Meet July 27-28 at Bodenhamer

The Gulf Shores Swim Team recently traveled to Fairhope for two swim meets. On June 26, the Dolphins attended the Gulf Coast Area Aquatics League Relay Meet. On June 28, Gulf Shores swam against Fairhope and Foley.
The Dolphins finished in third place at the Relay Meet. Seven of the summer league teams participated in this meet, which consisted of 17 events that were all four-person relay races. Fairhope won the meet, and the Eastern Shore Piranhas came in second place. Gulf Shores posted three first place teams and three second place teams at the meet. The Dolphins had 26 swimmers at the Relay Meet.
The Gulf Shores Swim Team struck gold in three of the Mixed 10 and Under Events. The 100 Yard Freestyle Relay team consisted of: Jack Biggs, Murray Reed, Liam Silva and Sierra Caldwell. The Kickboard relay team consisted of: Murray Reed, Serah Smith, Jack Biggs and Sierra Caldwell. The Backstroke relay team included: Jack Biggs, Nolan Matthews, Liam Silva and Serah Smith. This age group also earned second place for the Dolphins in the Breaststroke and Butterfly relay races.
The Thursday night meet on June 28 focused on longer summer league events: 100 Yard Freestyle, 50 Freestyle and 100 Individual Medley. Fairhope won the meet with 408 points. Gulf Shores came in second place with 314 points, and Foley scored 45 points.
The Dolphins had 35 swimmers at the meet.Gulf Shores won eight of the 17 events at the meet. Event winners included: Callie Hopkins, Murray Reed, Joseph Zarzaur, Ruby Rosnagle, and Emma Lloyd.
The Dolphins also hosted the Eastern Shore Piranhas an Fairhope Area Swim Team in dual meets earlier this summer.
The Dolphins beat the Piranhas 518 to 385. Gulf Shores won three of the five relay events contested and 21 of the 44 individual events. Multiple event winners for the home team included: Ruby Rosnagle, Jack Biggs, Callie Hopkins, Liam Silva, and Serah Smith. New swimmers for the team this summer were: David Cerventes, Ruby Cerventes, Fiona Douglas, David Green, Win Spence, and Gavin Taylor.
The Fairhope Sharks won 480 to 476 in the closest meet in recent memory for the Dolphins. Gulf Shores won 22 of the 46 individual events and two of the four relay events. Gulf Shores had 62 swimmers entered in the meet.
Murray Reed, age 10, broke three team records. He set new age group records in the 25-yard Breaststroke, 25 Butterfly, and 50 Freestyle.
“I am optimistic that we are going to improve during the season and have a fine showing at the end of the season championship meet that will be a home meet for us. All of our age groups are contributing to the team’s success,” said Head Coach Brook Hopkins.
The League Championship Meet to be held at the Dolphins’ home pool on July 27 and 28. All eight league teams will attend and compete in three divisions.
For more info about the team, contact the Aquatics Director for the City of Gulf Shores, Brook Hopkins, at 251-968-1427. The Swim Team practices in the mornings at the Bodenhamer Center in Gulf Shores five days per week.
Pictured:Liam Bickham 13 – Gulf Shores, Gabe Schroeder 14 – Gulf Shores, Ruby Rosnagle 15 – Gulf Shores, Kimberly Lee 15 – Gulf Shores, Brayden Koon 15 – Gulf Shores, Rinoa McGrew 17 – Foley, Sarah Harr 16 – Foley