Huntsville Swim Association is already on pace for a record number of swimmers qualified for championship meets. Coming into 2013, there were 56 HSA athletes already qualified for the Southeastern Championship Meet, 14 qualified for Senior Sectionals, 18 qualified for Age Group Sectionals and six swimmers with times good enough to swim at the NCSA Junior Nationals March 12 16 in Orlando.
Apart from traditionally being a competitive event, the Groundhog Invitational can be an essential meet for those hoping to meet standards to qualify for the Southeastern Championship Meet, Feb. 21 24 in Nashville.
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According to Webber, the entire fall and winter short course training regimen aims at Groundhog Invitational to springboard the swimmers into the championship meets.
include: Maddie Byrd, Emily Eichstaedt, Kimberly Harrison, Rebekah Hamilton, Elizabeth Kowalczyk, Tess Lindow, Anna Shepherd, Abigail Weir, Chris Bedsole, Will Bryd, Hayden Carroll, Jackson Eames, Jackson Hardy, Jack Mauer, Nick Stokes and David Spuhl. Of these 16 swimmers, 12 are first time qualifiers.
draw 650 swimmers to Huntsville's Brahan Spring natatorium
Some of the younger HSA swimmers making recent Southeastern time standards Converse High Tops White Cheap
"It's typically our biggest meet of the year," said HSA head coach Matt Webber. "Timing for the Groundhog is big for swimmers trying to qualify for the Southeastern Championships. This meet sort of serves as one of the last chances for them to qualify and it attracts so many of the top athletes. Coming out of Converse Boots Kids Christmas training, teams are really sharpening for their championship meets. You get a lot of fast swimming here."
8:30 on Saturday and Sunday, with 11 and older swimmers competing in the afternoon. The field is so large that the pool is being divided into two competitive areas, with 10 lanes instead of the usual eight in the deep end.
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