In the four days leading up to the event, each of the CSRA’s four divisions squared off against each other in end of the season divisional meets, crowning its league team champions.
While there was still pool pride exhibited Wednesday night at the Augusta Aquatics Center, the meet
was more about the individual swimmer.
And there were plenty of them as the 21 teams in the league put up 635 swimmers for the meet.
For CSRA All-Star meet director John Meadows, who is also meet director for the Aiken-Augusta Swim League, it was almost the same as it is for other meets he is in charge of.
“It was chaotic as always, but it’s an organized chaos,” Meadows said, praising the officials and volunteers who worked the meet. “It went super well.”
There were two heats of up to 10 racers for each event, and while many swimmers were besting their own times, there were a handful of swimmers who stood out.
Brynwood’s Lindsay Wallace, who swims year round for ASL, broke her own meet record in the girls 13-14 50-yard freestyle (25.19 seconds), finishing in 24.93.
“I was hoping to swim a 24.5,” said Wallace, who was still happy with breaking her record.
Aaron Hendry has been playing in a baseball summer league and isn’t in top swimming shape, but still won the boys 13-14 50 fly and 50 breast.
“I haven’t trained since May,” said the Farmington/Northwood swimmer, a rising freshman at Evans High.
Winning was a goal to shoot for, but it wasn’t the only thing at the meet.
“The best thing about the meet is winning medals or having fun with my friends,” said Petersburg Racquet Club’s Emily Munger. The 10-year-old won the 25 freestyle and was second in the 25 butterfly.