By Allie Burks
The Commerce Journal
After their first summer of practicing at the Morris Recreation Center pool, the Commerce Tiger Sharks finished their season with more state qualifiers than the team has had in five years, one of whom qualified for nationals.
The swimmers who competed in the state meet last weekend include Suzi Davis in the 50-breast stroke and 50 freestyle, Ty Connally in the 100-freestyle, and Isaiah Lowe in the 50 breast stroke. Lowe placed second in his event, competing in the 8-and-up age group, qualifying him for the national meet at the State Games of America to be held in Lincoln, Neb. in 2015.
Head coach Victoria Walters and first-year assistant coach Peyton Slater saw their goal of everyone becoming stronger swimmers met with nine swimmers qualifying for the region-A meet and the three who went to state.
The region-A meet qualifiers were Trent Connally, Ty Connally, Kaitlyn Colsten, Austin Davies, Suzi Davis, Jeremiah James, John-David James, Maria House and Isaiah Lowe.
“The kids that came to meets improved their times and techniques, which was my main goal,” Walters said.
To celebrate a successful season the team gathered at the Morris Recreation Center pool where they have been supported all summer, swimming in the mornings and afternoons. The center congratulated the team by displaying their accomplishments on the building’s marque and screens.
Chair of the Commerce Swim board, Melinda Reid, along with board members Wendy James, Gwen Scott, Elva Resendez, Karen Davis, and Ruth Gorman are grateful to the rec center for giving the Tiger Sharks a home after the Commerce city pool was made unavailable.
“We are so appreciative to the rec for letting us use their pool,” Reid said. “Our goal is to develop a life-long love of swimming in the kids and that would not have been possible without the rec center.”