Shockwave youth shines at Sunkist
The Shockwave 11-12 boys relay team took first place in the 200 free and medley relays at the meet. They are Noah Knox, from left, Tristen Grantham, Sean Mackin and Javad A'Arabi. (submitted photo)
The future of the Mississippi Shockwave Aquatic Swim Team appears to be in good hands.
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After participating on Dec. 10 at the Sunkist Invitational in Flowood, several young Shockwave showed their potential.
The thing Shockwave coach Robert Gonzalez liked most about the Sunkist meet was the performance of the 10-under boys division.
"I thought we added a little bit of depth in that competition and I'm liking where we are sitting right now as we go forward in the season," Gonzalez said. "We have a good group of 9- and 10-year-old boys."
Gonzalez said Lucas Wade, Cade Vickers and Ty Boren have a chance to be "the backbone" of the 10-under age group, while Tristen Grantham was strong in the 11-12 boys division and has the best results at the meet.
"Tristen Grantham had a phenomenal meet," Gonzalez said. "If he stays with the 12 throughout the short-course season, he should be one of our top athletes going forward as we get closer to February and that state championship."
The Shockwave finished with 158 points which was good for fourth out of the nine-team field at Sunkist. The host Sunkist won the meet followed by Mississippi Makos of Jackson and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs of Ruston, La.
Gonzalez considered the meet a success with a 78 percent best-times mark.
The Sunkist meet was the second in as many days for the Shockwave as the older swimmers competed at a sprint exhibition meet in Columbus on Dec. 9.
Because of that meet format, some of the Shockwave members got to try events for the first time.
Laken Vickers and Kristen Lacy in the 13-14 girls age division were top swimmers in Columbus.
"They had solid swims in races they don't get to compete in on a regular basis so it was a good kind of gauge for this point of the season," Gonzalez said. "It was exciting for them. They are two of our stronger 13-14 girls who went to that Columbus meet and we also had Cheng Ye who led the senior boys division."
Gonzalez was excited to see that 25 swimmers total got action over the two days and now it's time to turn attention to 2012.
The Shockwave held a practice on Tuesday and will be out of the water for about a week for a Christmas break. The team gets a couple of workouts in between Christmas Day and New Year's Day before resuming normal practice on Jan. 2.
"The way it falls we're going a little earlier with it falling on a Monday," Gonzalez said.
The final two regular season meets for the Shockwave take place at Delta State on Jan. 27-29 and at Tupelo on Feb. 3-5. The State Championships will be held in Biloxi on Feb. 16-19.