The Newnan Times-Herald


Titans swimmers excel during busy July

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jul. 21, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Members of the Summit Family YMCA Titans swim team headed to the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association state meet last weekend after excelling over consecutive swims both in Griffin and at the GRPA District 4 meet.

At Griffin on July 14-15, the Titans finished second as a team and had 12 swimmers place among high-point standings in respective age groups.

They included Hudson Hight and Jiyun Chung in 6-under, Lewie Han and Daniel Park in the 7-8 age group, Andrew Kim and Charlotte Bacho in ages 9-10, Chaz Sporrer, Chaz Sporrer and Catherine Lilly in 11-12 and Jade Takvorian among 13-14 girls.

The Titans had 12 swimmers compete with the Peachtree City Pirates at the District 4 meet. Newnan does not have a swim program.

Qualifiers moved on to last weekend’s state meet.

Top finishers at district included Charlotte Bacho in 9-10 girls, who won the 50-yard freestyle in 32.70, as well as the 25-yard breaststroke in an impressive 18.97 as the only mark under 20 seconds. Bacho, age 10, was also third in the 25 backstroke (18.48) and was on a winning 10-under girls relay with Titans teammate Sasha Banks.

Individually, Banks’ top swim came with a second-place effort behind Bacho in the 25 breaststroke while also taking fourth in the 50 freestyle (34.90) and sixth in the 25 butterfly. She was also a member of a second-place 100 medley relay team with Titans swimmers Everly Harper and Zoe Schilke.

Harper, age 9, was third 100 individual medley (1:45.34) and 10th in the 50 freestyle while also part of a third-place freestyle relay with Schilke.

Schilke, age 10, was led individually by a fourth-place effort in the 25 backstroke (19.11), while also seventh in the 25 butterfly and 25 freestyle.

Top girls finishers for the Titans also included Sophia Watroba in the 12-under division. The 11-year-old placed second in the 50 freestyle (30.29) and 100 IM (1:21.04), while also fourth in the 50 backstroke (36.04).

Watroba also was a part of two relay victories for the Peachtree City team. She led off the 200 freestyle and swam the breaststroke lap in the 200 medley win.

In the 7-8 girls division, the Titans had three swimmers that turned in top-10 finishes including three by Samantha Sigman in the top five. The seven-year-old placed second in the 25 backstroke (23.00), third in the 50 freestyle (41.18) behind two eight-year-olds, and fifth in the 25 freestyle (19.34) while also the top seven-year-old swimmer in the event.

Sigman also led off a second-place 100 freestyle relay and anchored a second-place medley relay.

Catherine Fulford, age 8, was led by a ninth-place effort in the 25-yard butterfly, while also 15th in the 25 freestyle and 12th in the 25 backstroke.

Fulford and Titans teammate Aniye Walls were part of a third-place effort in the 100 medley relay. Walls, age 8, was sixth in the 25 butterfly (31.44) and ninth in the 25 freestyle (24.42).

The Titans also had four boys swimmers turn in strong efforts led by Chaz Sporrer in the 12-under division.

Sporrer had second-place finishes individually in the 50 freestyle (29.49), 100 freestyle (1:07.37) and 100 IM (1:20.07). He also contributed to a pair of top-two relays, leading off a victory in the 200 medley and adding to a second-place effort in the 200 freestyle.

Titans swimmers Joseph Palencia and Colton Sporrer helped lead Peachtree City in the 10-under boys age group. The duo swam the first and final legs of a 100 medley relay victory.

Palencia, age 10, turned in a third-place effort individually in the 25 backstroke (20.05). He was also seventh in the 25 freestyle (17.80) and eighth in the 25 breaststroke. Sporrer took fourth in both the 25 freestyle (16.85) and 50 freestyle (40.76) and sixth in the 25 backstroke (23.86).

Palencia and Sporrer also were part of a second-place relay finish in the 100 freestyle.