The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

December 9, 2013

Athens girls swim team sets state record; finish second in AHSAA championships

By Budd McLaughlin


The Athens High girls swim team set a state record and freshman Mallory Underwood was a double individual medal-winner in the AHSAA state swimming & diving championships Saturday.

The Lady Eagles quartet of eighth-grader Kobie Melton, juniors Lindsey Martin and Ellen Haapoja and Underwood won the 200 freestyle in a record 1:38.50. Athens finished second in the 200 medley in 1:50.25 behind the efforts of Melton, Underwood, Katelynn Melton and Haapoja.

Underwood won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.16 to win the gold medal and she was clocked at 2:06.23 in her silver-medal winning performance in the 200 individual medley.

The team’s record-setting swim was among five state records set in the girls competition.

Auburn and Huntsville captured team titles at the two-day event at Auburn’s James E. Martin Aquatic Center. Auburn won the girls title with 239.2 points. Athens finished second with 154 points, followed by McGill-Toolen (145.4) and Huntsville (140).  A total of 36 girls teams competed in the competition.

Huntsville’s boys totaled 261 points to claim the championship. Bob Jones was second with 234 points, McGill-Toolen (204) third and Auburn (193) fourth.