Highlands Hurricanes win home meet

The Highlands Hurricanes hosted Smoky Mountain Aquatics Club for a 2022 Winter Invitation on Saturday, January 22.

Due to weather concerns the North Georgia Rapids and Jackson County swim teams did not attend. The Hurricanes set three team records and two pool records on their way to a 396 to Smoky Mountain Aquatics Club’s 124 win.

All 21 Hurricanes in the meet scored.

The Hurricanes were led by three Jr. Olympians: Chase Kenter, Finneaus Garner, Aniah McKim, Trinity Fernandez Faust and Bella Batista, all who scored 28 points.

They all won all four of their events. That is the maximum entries allowed in the meet.

Highlands Tate Wilson and Trinity Faust competing at home at a Winter Invitational.

Kenter also broke pool records in the 50 Freestyle and 50 Butterfly, broke team records in the 50 Free and 50 Breastroke, and qualified for the 2022 Jr. Olympics in the 50 Free.

Garner and McKim also swam 2022 Jr. Olympic qualifying times in the 50 Free.

Tate Wilson broke the team record in the 50 Free and scored 26 pts.

Also scoring 26 points for the Hurricanes were Alyse Remery, and Jayce Powell.

Remery had a Personal Record (PR) in the 200 Individual Medley (IM), and Powell had three PRs.

Members of the Highlands Hurricanes keep their minds sharp playing chess between races.

Kailyn Taylor scored 22 pts. With four PRs. Elizabeth Burnette scored 21 pts. also with four PRs. Ian Batista scored 20 pts with two PRs. Blake Kenter scored 19 pts. Justin Powell and Annie Wilkes scored 17 pts. Wilkes had three PRs. Houston Shutze scored 14 pts in his first swim meet ever and got two PRs. Max Jestin scored 13 pts with three PRs. Alex Lopez scored 11 pts with three PRs. Asa Garner scored 6 pts with three PRs. Mason Johnston and Miller Shutze both scored 5 pts. Johnson had two PRs and Miller Shutze (in his first swim meet ever) had one PR. William Burnette scored 4 pts with three PRs.

Members of the Hurricane coaching staff from left are Joey, Coach Rachel Wilson, and Coach and Meet Director Jordan Kenter.

The Highlands Hurricanes Swim Team is a Highlands Recreation Park Team. That practices in the evenings at the Highlands Recreation Park Pool. The only requirement to join is that a prospective swimmer must be able to swim 25 yards (one length of the Recreation Park Pool) unassisted.

For further information please call 828.421.4121.

Pictured at the top of the article in the foreground are Tate Wilson and Trinity Faust taking off at the Winter INvitational.Submitted photos

Article by Steve Hott, Head Coach Hurricanes Swim Team

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