7 Aquacats qualify for State Meet

The Fort Payne Aquacats had three individual swimmers and two relay teams post qualifying times for the state meet at the District Championship Meet.

Brindlee Walston, Aiden Walston and Cullen Roberts along with the 8-under girls medley and freestyle team will represent the Aquacats at the state meet in Birmingham.

Brindlee Walston qualified for state in three events. She’ll swim individually at state in the 8-under girls 25-yard breaststroke. She was clocked at 28.03 in the event at districts.

She will also swim with the Aquacats’ two qualified relay teams at the state meet.  Walston teamed up with Lauren Woods, Rachel Clayton and Anna Beth Traylor for a 1:45.56 at districts. Walston, Clayton, Traylor and Anna-Lynn Henderson clocked a 1:36.05 in the 8-under girls freestyle relay and they will swim in the same event at state.

Cullen Roberts qualified for state in the 11-12 boys 100-yard individual medley and the 50-yard butterfly. He finished the individual medley in 1:25.02 and the butterfly in 41.09.

Aiden Walston will represent the Aquacats in the 8-under boys 25-yard freestyle. He qualified by clocking a 20.06 at districts.

Coach Lisa Shaddix said she is very happy with how her team performed at the District Championship Meet.

“We are so proud of all of the kids that attended district this year,” Shaddix said. “Almost every swimmer improved on their time in their individual events.”

The Aquacats will compete against the best swimmers in the state July 29-30 at the Crossplex in Birmingham. Events are set to start at 10 a.m. both days.

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