December 10, 2012
TBAY sent a contingent of four swimmers to compete at Winter Junior Nationals held at the University of Tennessee natatorium in Knoxville, TN. Representing TBAY were Ryan Peters, Copper Hoffman, Kevin Smith and TBAY Brandon’s Wes McGovern.
Wes competed in three individual events; the 200 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle and 200 Backstroke. Wes was also TBAY’s leadoff swimmer for the 200 and 400 Medley Relays and the 400 Freestyle Relay. Wes went 6 for 6 in achieving new personal best times, including a blistering 20.8 split in the 200 Freestyle Relay that helped the TBAY team finish top 16.
Coach Dave related, “After the meet, we had a team dinner and we asked each swimmer what the high point of their experience at Jr. Nationals was. Each swimmer agreed the high point was bonding together and being a part of the entire national meet experience.” Coach Dave went on to say, “The high for Coach Sue (TBAY Countryside) and I was the same, watching 4 boys learning how to become national level swimmers, working together, encouraging one another, and representing TBAY like Champions! It was a great way to finish 2012 and a great foundation to having a larger impact in 2013!”