In her heart and in her soul, T’Maya Davis is convinced she is a “big meet” swimmer.
She will find out for sure in the coming weeks at the Georgia Recreation & Park Association District meet in Carrollton. The single day competition is on the swimming agenda for Saturday, July 8 at 10 a.m.
For Davis, the 10 year old, this will not be just another leisure swim. Davis is as serious as a second helping at the salad bar. More Thousand Island dressing, please.
“I want to prove that I can swim. You have to believe in yourself. I have to get better, but I never get tired,” said Davis of the Troup County Sharks.
Davis will swim in the girls 50-yard freestyle and 50 backstroke. The Sharks, Davis included, will have no less than a dozen swimmers in the GRPA District meet.
Ada Pirrman, a tireless worker at 9 years old, will be on the Sharks travel roster, too. She knows it won’t be easy, not at the District pow wow.
“I’m going to have to be fast, and I’m going to be nervous. But I have been practicing, and I have learned my strokes. I’m going to swim the backstroke and the freestyle (in Carrollton),” said Pirrman.
Carlie Montgomery will give the Sharks another solid chance at the District swim. Montgomery is 10 years old, and she will swim in at least two events for the Sharks in the 25-yard butterfly and the 25 freestyle.
And Montgomery wants no less than three things from the Carrollton meet.
“I want to qualify for state. I want to kick hard, and I want to drop time. It will be nerve-racking,” said Montgomery.
Jade Crisp, Kate Moore and Belinda Hart, three senior swimmers for the Sharks, will also be entered in the GRPA District meet. Moore will compete in the 50 freestyle and 50 breaststroke.
Crisp will take her chances in the 50-yard butterfly and the 100 individual medley. Hart will look for qualifying times as well in the 50 butterfly and 100 freestyle.
Brother and sister Silas and Isabelle Estes of the Sharks are expected to qualify as well. Eleven-year old Isabelle Estes is fast and ready for the 50 freestyle and the 50 breaststroke.
Thirteen-year-old Silas Estes, full of confidence and adrenaline, will tackle the boys 50-yard backstroke and 100 individual medley.
“We’ve got a shot. We can compete. We qualified 11 for state last year,” said Sharks head coach William Yin.
This summer’s GRPA State meet is set for July 21-22 in Cumming. The top three swimmers in each event at the District meet will qualify for the state swim.