By Leila Dycus staff writer

The summer swim season is in full swing and a select group of swimmers made their way to Augusta to take on a larger pool. “For the majority of them this was their first long course meet,” said Marlins Coach Andy Dunston. “Long course denotes a 50 meter pool verses the 25 yard pools that we swim in during the fall, winter and spring months.” This past weekend, eight swimmers from the Morgan County Marlins traveled with their coach to Augusta.

The swimmers mostly swam shorter races due to the change in pool size. “Augusta always runs a great, organized meet and this one was no exception,” said Dunston. Most of the swimmers stuck to the 50-meter freestyle or the 100-meter backstroke. However, Skyler Patterson swam the 100- meter butterfly. Zac Seymour swam his first 100-meter individual medley. The individual medley is one of the most grueling events in swimming.

David Garcia, Emma Kate Leach, Colton Patterson, Haylee Prince, Hunter Prince and Leah Wall joined Skyler and Zac at the Augusta meet. “I think all the swimmers, coaches and parents walked away with a positive experience and will be looking forward to more long course meets in the future,” said Dunston.