YOUNCE SWIMS TO SILVER: Opp athlete grabs second place finish at state

Published 12:05 am Friday, December 8, 2017

Opp High School sophomore Emma Younce was on top of her game as she came home with a second place finish at the AHSAA State Championship Swim Meet at Auburn University.

Younce was among two other Covington County students, Grace Philpott (Straughn) and Connor Tillman (Opp) that earned spots to compete in the state championship.

On day one, Younce competed in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard fly.

Younce finished second in freestyle and fourth in the fly to advance to the finals.

In the final events, Younce posted a blistering time of 24.27 in the 50-yard freestyle to earn a silver finish in that event.

Younce just missed earning a medal in the 100-yard fly, but did finish fourth with a time of 1:00.81.

“Emma worked really hard this year to prepare for the state high school meet,” Younce’s coach Shane Tatum said. “Due to her hard work this year and last year, she is now a two-time medal winner for Opp High School in swimming.”

For Straughn, Philpott (freshman) earned spots to the state meet in the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard breaststroke events.

Philpott came out blazing in the backstroke event and picked up a personal-best time of 1:05.43. The time was good enough for an eighth place finish on day one and spot in the final event.

In the championship event, Philpott came in with a time of 1:06.28 to earn her and eighth place finish.

Philpott finished 14th in the breaststroke and missed the cut for the final event.

Tillman (freshman) competed in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle events for the Bobcat swim team.

Starting strong on day one, Tillman qualified for spots in the finals for both his events.

On the final day, Tillman posted a time of 2:02.17 for an eighth place finish in the 200-yard event.

He nearly earned a medal in the 500-yard event with time of 5:28.20, but that was good enough for a fifth place finish.