Coach pleased with effort at final meet

Published 1:31 am Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Andalusia’s Stingrays ended the 2017 regular season giving their coach exactly what he wanted: effort.

The Stingrays hosted the final meet of the regular season Tuesday afternoon at Cooper Pool alongside the Troy Tiger Sharks.

“At this stage, with district in three weeks, I’m looking for effort and that’s pretty much it,” Donaldson said. “I pounded them pretty hard last night in practice. We won’t back off.”

Donaldson said that his Stingrays have been swimming between 4,000 and 5,000 yards worth of sprints per practice and emphasized that he just wanted to see effort as his team closed out the regular season.

Donaldson said that with the District Meet coming up in three weeks he feels like his team is hitting its stride.

“They’re right where they need to be right now,” Donaldson said. “We’re not up too high, we’re climbing up the stairs getting ready for district. We’ll run through district and then the ones that qualify for state we’ll get them ready and see what they have at the state level.”

In Tuesday’s meet, freshman Annaleigh Fischer showed that effort, beating out four other Troy swimmers with a time of 1:09.83 in the Girls 9-10 50-Yard Breaststroke.

Likewise, Stella Landreneau beat out four other Troy swimmers in the Girls 8 and Under 25-Yard Freestyle with a time of 21.24.

Sophomore Brycen Owens finished with the best time in the Boys 9-10 50-Yard Freestyle with a time of 37.81 and Briley Henry finished on top with a time of 36.16 in Girls 9-10 50 Yard Freestyle.

11-year old Anna Grace Scott bested all swimmers with a time of 33.17 in the Girls 11-12 50 Year Freestyle, while teammate A.C. Tillman was right behind her with a time of 33.65.

In the Girls 15-18 50 Yard Freestyle Emma Younce just beat out Elisabeth Younce with a time of 26.06 compared to Elisabeth’s 30.74.

Andalusia’s team of Grace Philpott, Cali Fillmer, Elisabeth Younce and Emma Younce beat out Troy’s team in the Girls 15-18 200 Yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 2:00.78 compared to Troy’s 2:18.55.

Anna Grace Scott again finished on top in the 11-12 50 Yard Butterfly with a time of 38.86 while also finishing first in Girls 11-12 50 Yard Backstroke with a time of 40.12. 10-year old Kaylynn Wagoner finished in first place in the Girls 9-10 50 Yard Backstroke with a time of 51.49.

Scott closed out the meet with a first place finish in the 11-12 100 Yard Freestyle with a time of 1:15.36.