The Jacksonville Hurricanes swim team has performed well in their first three meets this season. Hosting their own meet last Thursday, the Hurricanes came in first. Two days later in a six-team field at Anniston, Jacksonville came in third. They came in second in their first meet of the season at powerhouse Boaz.
The swim team is still in a growing process. Last year the team had 29 swimmers, this year the team has grown to 43.
“Our goal is to grow year to year,” said Head Coach Justin Buckles. “Most of our swimmers returned from last year.
“I was really impressed with how our team swam at Boaz. It was a great start to the season. Boaz has 150 swimmers and is one of the top five programs in the state.
“At our meet the majority of our swimmers finished first or second in at least one of their events.
“Our ultimate goal is to take the meets as competitive practices and to get state qualifying times.
“We strive to make it as fun but as competitive as possible. We focus on each individual and give them as much personalized time as we can.”
The swim team, made up of 6 and under-18 year olds, practices in the morning, five times a week.
The team will host another swim meet at Jacksonville on June 24 and then has a meet at Opelika June 28. Jacksonville will also host the District meet on July 10 and then the State competition will be held July 25-26.
Last year, all but two of the Jacksonville team qualified for state.