The first occurred Oct. 15 when the Cobias became an official USA Swimming club team. USA Swimming is the country’s national governing body for the sport of swimming. More than 300,000 members make up 2,800 swim clubs nationwide.
The second milestone came 12 days later when the Bartow swimmers competed against seven other USA swim teams in the Rockdale County Riptides Octoberfast meet in Conyers.
“This [Octoberfast] was the first of many more USA swim meets to come,” Cobias coach Maddy Johnston said. “I am extremely proud of each and every swimmer who competed in the meet. As this was our first USA meet. We had never seen such long events compared to the shorter meets we competed in before becoming officially sanctioned.”
That did not stop Chase Moore from finishing first in the 13- to 14-year-old boys 50-yard freestyle, 25.01; 200-yard individual medley; 200-yard freestyle, 2:00.57; 100-yard freestyle, 54.8; and 200-yard butterfly, 2:25.95. Moore placed second in the 100-yard butterfly, 1:04.01.
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