Summit student excels at three-way plateau swim meet
By Steve Hott / Special to the Chronicle
CASHIERS-HIGHLANDS PLATEAU -- A team featuring some southern Jackson County standout swimmers came out on top at a three-way Cashiers-Highlands plateau swim meet this month. The team, Highlands Hurricanes, whose home pool is Highlands Recreation Park Pool, hosted the March 3 winter invitational meet. The Hurricanes amassed the meet’s highest score, 522; followed by the North Georgia Rapids, 325; and Jackson County Swim Team, 77.
Hurricane swimmers won 152 ribbons, 29 of which were special blue ones. The plateau team set 91 personal records, 16 team records and 11 pool records.
The Hurricanes were led by a Cashiers resident and Summit Charter School third grade student -- Junior Olympic Champion Chase Kenter. Other top performers included Olympic qualifiers Masyn Smith and Savannah Byrd and Junior Olympians Conner Hughes and Kate Phillips.
Chase Kenter won five races, set five pool records, four team records, four personal records and scored 35 points.
Other meet results include:
• Masyn Smith won four races, set three pool records, three team records, one personal record and scored 33 points.
• Savannah Byrd won three races and two personal records, and scores 31 points.
• Connor Hughes and Kate Phillips each scored 29 points. Hughes won two races, set two team records and had three personal records, while Phillips won three races, set three team records and had five personal records.
• Elias McKim won three races, set a team record, had three personal records and scored 26 points, while younger brother Aniah McKim also won three races, set a pool record, a team record, had four personal records and scored 25 points.
• Ben Halldin won a race, had four personal records and scored 24 points.
• Penelope Hillson and Layla Babak each scored 23 points. Hillson had a personal record, and Babak set a team record and had three personal records.
• Jordan Powell and Finneaus Garner each scored 21 points. Powell had two personal records and won a race. Garner had four personal records.
• Junior Olympian Jack Sumner, Aubrey Potts and Dasha Halldin all scored 20 points. Sumner had three personal records, Potts had two personal records and Halldin won a race and had four personal records.
• Jelehna McKim scored 17 points, won a race and had three personal records.
• Justin Powell scored 15 points, won a race and had three personal records.
• Lauch Young scored 14 points and had two personal records.
• Andre Halldin and Max Jestin each scored 12 points. Halldin had five personal records and Jestin two personal records.
• Vivian Kennedy scored 11 points and had two personal records.
• Oliver Dyer scored 10 points and had three personal records, while younger brother Townsend Dyer scored 8 points and had two personal records.
• Peyton Kaylor and Elizabeth Hilson each scored 7 points. Hillson won a race.
• Ace Stubblefield and Jackson Bowling each scored 5 points and had two personal records.
• Max Deppe, Samual Dyer, Fen Hilson and Asa Garner each scored 4 points. Deppe and Dyer had three personal records, Hillson had four and Garner two.
• Mia Kaylor scored 2 points and had a personal record.
• Lucas Deppe had three personal records.
• Henry Couch and Ryder Stubblefield had two personal records.
Southern Jackson County youth are invited to join the Highlands Hurricanes. The team practices at the Highlands Recreation Park Pool. The only requirement to join the team is that a candidate must be able to swim 25 yards unassisted.
For information, call Head Coach Steve Hott at 828-421-4121 or the Highlands Recreation Park Pool at 828-526-1595.
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