AUBURN – The 56th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association State Swimming and Diving Championships get underway Friday at James E. Martin Aquatic Center on the Auburn University campus.
Participants qualified at sectional competitions held in late November to advance to this week’s championships. Defending boys’ champions include Bob Jones High School in Class 6A-7A and St. Paul’s Episcopal in Class 1A-5A. The Patriots will be going for their ninth state crown overall. Last year’s title for St. Paul’s was the first for the Saints and also the first in the newly formed 1A-5A division. From 1960 to 2013, schools competed in just one division. Growth of the sport has been dramatic in recent years, however.
The girls’ championships, which began in 1963, will also feature two divisions for the second straight year. Auburn won the 6A-7A title in 2014 and St. Paul’s girls made it a sweep for the Mobile school by winning the 1A-5A crown.
The NFHS Network will live-stream the competition Saturday. The link to access the subscriber-based telecast is http://bit.ly/1QhiC99.
The prep swimming championships underwent a major overhaul with the addition of three Section swim meets last year where competitors for the first time were required to qualify for the state meet.
Among the top swimmers in the girls’ competition are Paige Madden of UMS-Wright and Sarah Cimino of Randolph. Madden, who holds the state record in the 100 freestyle and backstroke and 200 medley events, will shooting for records in the 200 and 500 freestyle events this weekend. Cimino will be attempting to defend her 100 fly championship won last year and better the state record she set in the event.
In the boys’ competition, Conner Pruitt of Opelika will defending his diving title, and Andrey Tretyakov of Bob Jones returned to compete in the 100 fly as defending champ.
Diving starts the action Friday with warm-up at 9 a.m. and competition beginning at 10 a.m. Swim events get underway at 5 p.m. Friday for prelims with warmup starting at 4. Finals are set for swim events on Saturday at 2 p.m. Warm-up gets underway at 1 p.m.
Admission is $10.00 per day with children 5 and under admitted free.
AHSAA STATE MEET SWIM RECORDS
MOST STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
15 Grissom, 1984-99
12 Huntsville, 1968-2013
13 Grissom, 1984-96
7 Huntsville, 1977-83
7 Bob Jones, 2004-10
200 Yard Medley Relay—McGill-Toolen, 1:35.28, 2012
200 Yard Freestyle Relay—Bob Jones, 1:25.84, 2013
400 Yard Freestyle Relay--Bob Jones, 3:09.93, 2009
50 Yard Freestyle—T.J. Leon, UMS-Wright, 20.24, 2008
100 Yard Freestyle—T.J. Leon, UMS-Wright, 44.73, 2008
200 Yard Freestyle—Will Freeman, Spain Park, 1:37.31, 201
500 Yard Freestyle—Will Freeman, Spain Park, 4:27.36, 2013
100 Yard Backstroke—Will Glass, McGill-Toolen, 48.41, 2012
100 Yard Breaststroke—Marlin Brutkiewicz, 55.51, UMS-Wright, 2012
100 Yard Butterfly—Will Glass, McGill-Toolen, 48.12, 2012
200 Yard Individual Medley—Foster Ballard, Elmore County, 1:50.24, 2013
One Meter Diving
Robert Raley, Murphy, 520.35, 2011
MOST STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
18 Grissom, 1977-2008
10 Huntsville, 1971-83
10 Grissom, 1984-93
6 Huntsville, 1971-76
200 Yard Medley Relay—Auburn, 1:46.81, 2014
200 Yard Freestyle Relay—Athens, 1:38.50, 2013
400 Yard Freestyle Relay—Auburn, 3:32.85, 2014
50 Yard Freestyle—Megan Molnar, Auburn, 23.09, 2010
100 Yard Freestyle—Paige Madden, UMS-Wright, 49.78, 2014
200 Yard Freestyle—Kobie Melton, Athens, 1:49.97, 2014
500 Yard Freestyle—Chloe Sutton, Hoover, 4:53.37, 2004
100 Yard Backstroke—Paige Madden, UMS-Wright, 54.91, 2014
100 Yard Breaststroke—Megan Molnar, Auburn, 1:02.13, 2010
100 Yard Butterfly—Sarah Cimino, Randolph, 55.01, 2014
200 Yard Individual Medley—Paige Madden, UMS-Wright, 2013
One Meter Diving
Elizabeth Flint, Auburn, 452.25, 1996
Lee County 25, Hewitt-Trussville 7
Hewitt-Trussville 0 7 – 7
Lee County 12 13-25
LC – Gideon Weigel 35 pass from Brooks Alberdi (Pass failed)
LC – Weigel 12 pass from Alberdi (Pass failed)
LC – Porter Caldwell 3 pass from Alberdi (Pass failed)
LC – Steven Clark 35 pass from Steven Hubbs (Caldwell pass from Steven Hubbs)
HT – Andrew White 27 pass from Will Lesley (Lesley pass from White)
LEE COUNTY HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE
4 1st Downs 3
41 Rush Yards 54
18-10-4 Pass att-com-int 25-14-2
126 Pass Yards 119
167 Total Yards 173
1-10 Penalties 0-0
Lee County: Steven Clark 2-40-1
Hewitt-Trussville: Keith Bain 5-26-0
Andrew White 7-11-0
Lee County: Brooks Alberdi 8 of 14 for 119 yards, 3 TDs
Hewitt-Trussville: Tyler Tolbert 5 of 10 for 29 yards
Andrew White 5 for 8 for 37 yards
Will Lesley 1 for 2 27 yards and 1 TD
Lee County: Porter Caldwell 4 for 38 yards, 1 TD
Gideon Weigel 3 for 70 yards, 2 TDs
Hewitt-Trussville: Andrew White 3 for 44 yards, 1 TD
Tyler Tolbert 5 for 40
Lee County: Brooks Alberdi (2)
Hewitt-Trussville: Keegan Morrow, Tyler Tolbert (2), Myles Dawson
Meek (1A), Fyffe (2A), Boaz (5A) and Sparkman (Coed) repeated as varsity division winners in the recent AHSAA State Cheer Competition at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville.
Other high school varsity squad winners were Winfield (3A), Sardis (4A), Arab (6A), James Clemens (7A) and Austin (Non-building). Bob Jones captured the high school junior varsity title.
Middle School winners were Hewitt-Trussville Middle (large), Liberty Middle (medium) and Discovery Middle (small).
A total of 1,383 cheerleaders from 89 teams participated in the 19th annual event administered by the Universal Cheerleaders Association. Some participants performed more than one time.
Other categories of competition included Time South Cheer, Time Out Dance and High School Fight Song.
Class 1A—Meek (winner), Gaylesville (runner-up)
Class 2A—Fyffe (winner), Zion Chapel (runner-up)
Class 3A—Winfield (winner), Opp (runner-up)
Class 4A—Sardis (winner), North Jackson (runner-up)
Class 5A—Boaz (winner), Pleasant Grove (runner-up)
Class 6A—Arab (winner), Pinson Valley (runner-up)
Class 7A—James Clemens (winner), Bob Jones (runner-up)
Coed—Sparkman (winner), Thompson (runner-up)
Game Time Results
High School Time Out Cheer – 1. Curry, 2. Florence, 3. West Blocton
High School Time Out Dance – 1. West Blocton, 2. Curry, 3. Brewbaker Tech
High School Fight Song – 1. Florence, 2. Curry, 3. Haleyville
1. Bob Jones High, 2. Oxford High, 3. Sparkman High
Game Time Results
JV Time Cheer – 1. Muscle Shoals High
Small Junior High —1. Discovery Middle, 2. Liberty Park Middle, 3. Meridianville
Medium Junior High —1. Liberty Middle, 2. Maddox Middle, 3. Spanish Fort Middle
Large Junior High —1. Hewitt-Trussville Middle, 2. Hokes Bluff Middle, 3. Echols
Middle, 3. Centre
Game Time Results
Junior High Time Out Dance – 1. Pleasant Grove Middle 2. Jemison 3. ValleyJH
Junior High Time Out Cheer – 1. Muscle Shoals Middle, 3. Pleasant Grove 3.
MONTGOMERY – The football teams for Spain Park and McGill-Toolen high schools will be meeting for the first time in AHSAA history Wednesday night as the two Class 7A powers clash in the Class 7A state football championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
Five defending state champions will be in Tuscaloosa Thursday and Friday as the 50th AHSAA State Football Playoffs conclude with state championships in Class 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A at Bryant-Denny Stadium on the campus of the University of Alabama. This is the 20th year with all championships at the same site.
Wednesday’s schedule starts at 3:30 p.m. with Lee County and Hewitt-Trussville playing in the second annual Unified Sports state game. The AHSAA partners with Special Olympics Alabama to present this contest, a flag-football game that will be livestreamed over the NFHS Network by Hillcrest High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program team.
Raycom Media will televise all seven state championship games over its affiliate stations in the Raycom/AHSAA TV Network. The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast all seven championships over its statewide network of radio stations.
Spain Park (12-1), coached by Shawn Raney, comes into the 7A battle with a 12-game winning streak after falling 38-35 in three overtimes in the season opener to Austin in August. The Jaguars knocked off three-time defending state champion Hoover 7-6 in the semifinals – and also beat the Bucs 17-0 in the regular season to win the Region 3 title. Raney’s team has given up just 23 points in three playoff wins this season.
McGill-Toolen (12-1), coached by Caleb Ross, currently has an eight-game winning streak. The Yellow Jackets lost week five to Blount 17-14. Ross’ squad has scored 98 points in three playoff wins.
Thursday’s schedule starts at 11 a.m. with Bayside Academy (11-3) taking on Piedmont (13-1), followed by defending Class 1A state champion Maplesville (12-1) versus Cedar Bluff (13-1) at 3 p.m., and defending 5A state champ St. Paul’s Episcopal (12-2) versus Mortimer Jordan (13-1) at 7.
Friday’s schedule begins with defending Class 4A state champion Leeds (12-2) taking on Fayette County (10-4) at 11 a.m., defending 2A champ Fyffe (13-1) facing Elba (13-1) in a rematch of last year’s finals at 3 p.m., and closing out with unbeaten Spanish Fort (14-0) taking on defending 6A champ Clay-Chalkville (14-0) at 7 p.m. The Cougars are currently riding a 29-game winning streak – longest live streak in the AHSAA.
The AHSAA state football playoffs began in 1966 with four schools in the largest class (4A) playing semifinals and finals. Sidney Lanier beat Lee-Montgomery 9-7 in the first championship game. The next year, state championships were conducted in all four classes with Marengo County (1A), Lamar County (A), Russellville (3A) and Sidney Lanier (4A) posting wins.
That format continued until 1984 with six classifications were instituted. The AHSAA moved all championships at one site in 1996 at Birmingham’s Legion Field where the “Super 6” was born. The playoffs continued with that format until 2008 when the AHSAA began a rotation between Tuscaloosa and Auburn.
Last year, the six-class format was replaced by the seven-class format, hence, the “Super 7” championships. In conjunction with Special Olympics Alabama, the first Unified Sports flag football game was also played for the first time in 2014 at Auburn.
Tickets for all championships can be purchased online at www.preptix.com/ahsaa.
To find the station and channel locally televising the Super 7 championships, go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com and check for your location.