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Goshen swim team finishes season at state meet

Three Eagle swimmers represented Goshen High School in the Alabama State Swim Meet in Auburn this weekend. Freshman Addi Bruner and juniors Bryce Tatum and Dallas Daughtry all swam for Goshen in what ended up being a very special weekend.

“This was a big day for Goshen High School swimming,” said swim coach Shane Tatum. “We had three swimmers represent the school at the State Swim meet and one to medal. All three have worked really hard and I’m very proud of them. We are a young team and the future looks bright for Goshen High School next year.

Bruner was the lone Eagles swimmer to medal when she finished second in the 100-yard Breaststroke and third in the 200-yard Individual Medley.

“As a freshman, that really validated what we have been doing in our program and it is very exciting,” Shane Tatum said.

Bryce Tatum finished in 11th place in the 200-yard Freestyle and 16 in the 100-yard freestyle.

Daughtry competed in her very first State Meet over the weekend and she finished in 16 place in the 100-yard Butterfly.

“We prepared very well in the meet,” Shane Tatum said. “The kids really worked hard. They did what was asked and they really concentrated on the State Meet. When we got up there, everyone swam a good race. It just wasn’t our time. We did what we could do and the results showed that we still performed really well.”

This time last year, the Eagles had just one swimmer qualify for sectionals. Now after having three swimmers compete at the state level, Shane Tatum believes the future of Goshen swimming is a bright one.

“We are a young program,” Tatum said. “We have two juniors that will be seniors next year so we will have a strong leadership base. We do have one freshman and she will be there for the next three years. Hopefully we can add more swimmers next year and build the team up. That way we can make a serious run at a title.”

In the meantime, the three swimmers will hit the pool this offseason.

“They will come back to my club team that they practice on,” Shane Tatum said. “They will continue to work, but it will be on a club team. When August rolls around next year, we will start the high school team back up and get going.”