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Dragons win county swim championship

Collierville High School’s victorious swim team and Coach Justin Ingram group together for team picture after Shelby County High School Championship on Jan. 30. The high school will be well represented in the pool at the Tennessee State High School Finals in Nashville Feb 12-13.
Collierville High School’s victorious swim team and Coach Justin Ingram group together for team picture after Shelby County High School Championship on Jan. 30. The high school will be well represented in the pool at the Tennessee State High School Finals in Nashville Feb 12-13.

Collierville High School’s victorious swim team and Coach Justin Ingram group together for team picture after Shelby County High School Championship on Jan. 30. The high school will be well represented in the pool at the Tennessee State High School Finals in Nashville Feb 12-13.

Victory is the word for the Collierville High School swim team.
On Jan. 30, the team once again proved to be formidable for the third year in a row, winning the Shelby County High School Championship.
The team competed against 24 other high schools, finishing first place in females, second place in male and first place combined to take home the big trophy.
Most of the 52 swimmers have been training, Monday through Friday since September, improving weekly on their skills and times under the direction and guidance of Collierville High School teacher and Swim coach, Justin Ingram.
To measure their performances, throughout the season the team competed in a number of meets, leading up to the Shelby County Championship.
The meet was split into a preliminary event in the morning with the finals in the evening. The atmosphere was exciting and energetic at the finals, the pool deck was crowded with team members and supporters from many schools. Collierville High school swimmers and supporters waited patiently for the final results at the end of the evening, bursting in to a glorious roar of celebration at the announcement of victory.
Winning the combined title is definitely a team achievement, every swimmer who raced contributed to the final result. Notable finishes were achieved by many including the first place finish of the 200 free girls relay team of Abby Bowers, Carley Bowers, Morgan Steffey and Madeline London who beat the very fast Memphis Home Education team.
The boys’ 200 free and 400 free relay team of Sean Kirwan, Jonathan Simcoe, Lucas Simcoe and Joshua Walsh broke Shelby County Records in their races finishing second behind the power house Memphis University School team.
Kirwan achieved a first place finish in the 100 Individual Medley and Walsh dominated the pool with a record breaking finish in every event he swam.
Walsh shattered Olympian Gil Stovall’s 12-year Shelby County record in the 200 free by almost two seconds. He now holds that record of 1:40.38.
Collierville High School will be represented by 21 swimmers at the Tennessee High School State Finals in Nashville Feb. 12-13, where they will meet the best in the pool.

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