Swim team goes to states


The five swimmers smile with Coach Tom Paloumpis and Administrator Mickey Boddie after receiving their medals.

UPDATE: Fitz Rawls placed 6th at the State Swimming Championship for the 50 freestyle.

The girls 4×50 free relay placed 7th at the State Swimming Championship.

Fitz Rawls’ backstroke placed 12th in the state, not qualifying for a medal.

Tori Ellwoods’ 200 IM and 100 backstroke both came in 13th, not qualifying for a medal.

Madeline Rawls got 17th in the preliminary meet for the 50 freestyle. Top 16 is the cut off for the evening meet, so she will be an alternate.

Five swimmers make their way to Port Saint Lucie to compete at a state-level competition. Four girls: sophomore Madeline Rawls, junior captain Serena Jonas and senior captains Sabrina Chang and Tori Ellwood. One boy: senior Fitzhugh Rawls.

Girls went undefeated in the school season, came in first at western conference, second in districts and had multiple regional and state qualifiers.

Chang is one of the girls swimming in the state qualified 4×50 free relay and she is hoping to take two seconds off of her fifty. “The times aren’t off at all [at states]. It usually ranges between like milliseconds. So losing two seconds is pretty big because all the competitor swimmers are like neck and neck,” said Chang.

Ellwood is not only swimming in the 4×50 free relay, but she is also swimming the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. “I’m thinking I’ll do pretty well. I mean I’m hoping I can drop a little more time, so I can possibly get into the top eight because the top eight gets medals,” she said. Not only is Ellwood looking for medals in her individual events, but she is also hoping for them in her medley. “We are actually seventh right now, so we actually have a good chance of getting medals,” said Ellwood.

Fitz Rawls is representing the boys; he’s swimming the 50 free and the 100 backstroke. “I think I am going to do really well, hopefully I get really pumped for my races,” he said.