Special to the Opelika Observer
The Opelika SeaDawgs swim team had a great weekend at this year’s ARPA state swimming and diving championships. The Opelika SportsPlex and Opelika Parks and Recreation staff were the proud host of this year’s event.
This two-day event had 28 teams and 1,226 swimmers from all over the state of Alabama. Some of the swimmers here last weekend are top swimmers in the state and vying for a spot on the next Olympic team.
Opelika placed ninth overall, this is the highest Opelika has placed in the past three years. This is a great accomplishment for Opelika. Opelika had 41 swimmers compete this weekend against teams with 181 swimmers. We are so proud to have more medals winners this year than in recent years.
Some of our top finishers were: Autumn Baker 8 and under Backstroke, sixth place, Meghan Roach 8 and under Medley and Free Relay, second place, Butterfly seventh place, Breckin Gould 8 and under Free and Medley Relay second place, Butterfly third place, Shot Free seventh place, Denson Gould 9-10 Breaststroke, fourth place, 9-10 Butterfly, third Place, Free Relay fourth place, Josie Wiggins 8 and under Free and Medley Relay, second place, Long Free fifth place, Shot Free sixth place, Breaststroke second place, Cole Jackson 8 and under Breaststroke, fourth place, Medley Relay fourth place, Free Relay seventh place, John Thomas Arnold 9-10 Backstroke sixth place, Free Relay fourth place, Eli Elston 8 and under Backstroke fifth place, Medley Relay, fourth place, Free Relay seventh place, Sean Ferrebee 9-10 Long Free sixth place, 9-10 IM sixth place, 9-10 Butterfly fourth place, Free Relay fourth place, Railey Jones 8 and under Medley and Free Relay second place, 8 and under IM fifth place, Butterfly eighth place, McKensie Barnes 11-12 Long Free seventh place, IM eighth place, Cam Tallakson 11-12 Long Free eighth place, Shot Free eighth place, Sam Arnold 13-14 Backstroke seventh place, Butterfly seventh place, Ashley Robertson 15-18 Medley Relay sixth place, Tessa Tallakson 15-18 Medley Relay sixth place, Allie Thomas 15-18 Medley Relay sixth place, Elly Arnold 15-18 Medley Relay sixth place, Patrick Bingham 8 and under Medley Relay fourth place, Free Relay seventh place, Stewart Wiggins 8 and under Medley Relay fourth place, Free Relay seventh place, Sullivan Britnell Free Relay fourth place.
Opelika looks forward to a great season next year.