ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Tift County swimming has yet to have a state champion, but they are confident this year with a couple swimmers already qualified.
Over 350 swimmers took to The 2015 Blue Devil Invitational at the Darton Aquatic Center.
The competition involved just about every area middle and high school, as swimmers raced for the coveted trophies, and for a chance to qualify for the state championships.
"The state mandates a cut, they have to get their cut," said Tift county coach Ivey Vickers. "They basically are swimming against the clock. So everybody gets to swim, nobody is sitting on the bench. And you're trying to get that state cut to move on to the Georgia high School State championship."
Early in the swim meet, two Tift County swimmers qualified for state in the 200 meter Freestyle.
"It's great, I'm really excited," said sophomore Tift county swimmer Ansley Mobley. "I've been working all year for this cut. I've been to 3 or 4 meets, and I finally got it and I'm really excited. I can't wait to swim in state.This is the biggest meet we've been to. So it's really exciting to have to race against new people and it's a really good experience. I like high school swimming a lot."
"The cut is a 1:55, I though I was just going to be close," said senior Tift County swimmer Hank McElroy. "I didn't think I was going to beat it by almost 3 seconds. It was a big competition, and you get to meet new people, and over the years you have a relationship with a lot of them. It's really fun."
In February both swimmers will compete for the state championships in Atlanta.