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Chinberg, Dent take medals at state meet

SCOTTSBORO ­ Troy swim coach Bill Gauspohl brought a young team here for the ARPA state swim meet. It was one of his older swimmers, however, who brought home the most medals.

Bill Chinberg picked up three medals for the Tiger Sharks in the boys 15-18- year-old division at the two-day meet that began Friday and ended Saturday.

Friday afternoon Chinberg took second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.20 seconds. On Saturday, he added a third-place finish in the 100 freestyle and a fourth-place finish in the 50 fly.

"I think Bill was a little disappointed in his performance. He thought he could do better," Gauspohl said. "Considering the competition up here, I think he did a great job."

Thomas Dent in the boys 8 and under group was the only other Tiger Shark to medal. Dent took fifth in the 25 butterfly. He bettered his district time by more than three seconds to earn a medal.

"Thomas Dent had a great year throughout the year," Gauspohl said.

While Troy didn’t manage to capture any more medals, nearly all of the Tiger Shark swimmers at state bettered their times. Gauspohl said his team loved to practice and that the hard work paid off.

In the 8 and under group, Dent added a 10th-place finish in the 25 backstroke to his fifth-place finish in the butterfly.

Gage Garrett took 13th in the boys 100 individual medley and 21st in the 25 butterfly. Conner Ingalls took 21st in the 25 breast stroke and 18th in the 50 freestyle.

James Blickenstaff finished 23rd in the 25 free. Audrey Barron was 18th in the girls 100 IM.

The boys relay team of Dent, Garrett, Ingalls and Blickenstaff took 11th in the 8 and under 100 freestyle relay. They also took 11th in the medley relay.

Lauren Thompson finished 23rd in the girls 9-10- year-old 50 breast stroke.

The girls relay team of Thompson, Elizabeth Huggins, Elizabeth Lacassio and Elizabeth Rainey took 20th in both the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay.

Brian Locascio was 28th in the 13-14 boys 50 breast stroke. Teammate Scott Austin placed 25th in the 50 freestyle and 26th in the backstroke. In the 13-14 girls group, Jenny Laliberte was 15th in the 50 freestyle and 16th in the 50 butterfly.

Gauspohl said Troy doesn’t so much have a swim team as it has a collection of individual swimmers. With just 38 swimmers during the regulars season, he said it’s difficult to compete with the larger teams such as Dothan. A majority of Troy swimmers are in the 8 and under age group as well. Gauspohl said his team set individual goals and he thought his team met those goals.

"The kids had a positive attitude. They wanted to practice," he said.