By Malcolm Butler
Five members of the Bulldog Aquatic Club competed for Team Louisiana this past weekend at the 2022 Southern Zone Championship Swim Meet in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Competing against some of the top swimmers representing 11 states, Owen Frick made the finals of the 100 butterfly, finishing sixth in the competition.
Joseph Amiano, JJ Hoover, Frick, Samuel Jackson and Camdyn Napper represented the Bulldog Aquatic Club and raced against some of the fastest swimmers from Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Florida in age groups ranging from 11 through 14 years of age.
In addition to Frick’s performance in the 100 butterfly, the BAC swimmers had a number of near misses in qualifying for the finals (the top 8 times in each event advanced to the finals). The five swimmers combined for 12 Top 20 finishes at the meet, led by Hoover who placed in the top 20 in five of his events.
Bulldog Aquatics Club coach Rocky Smith also represented the club as one of three individuals chosen to coach Team Louisiana at the event.
Each state was allowed eight competitors in 11-12 boys and girls and 13-14 boys and girls classifications.
The Southern Zone was one of four zones around the country (West, Central, Eastern).
Joseph “G” Amiano (11) placed 19th in the 100 Butterfly, 25th in the 50 Backstroke, 21st in the 100 Freestyle, 28th in the 100 Backstroke, 15th in the 50 Freestyle, and 16th in the 50 Butterfly.
John “JJ” Hoover (12) placed 15th in the 50 Breaststroke, 10th in the 100 Butterfly, 13th in the 100 Backstroke, 11th in the 200 Individual Medley, and 13th in the 50 Butterfly.
Christopher “Owen” Frick (14) placed 22nd in the 200 Freestyle, 6th in the 100 Butterfly, 23rd in the 100 Freestyle, 27th in the 400 Freestyle, 46th in the 50 Freestyle, and 11th in 200 Butterfly.
Samuel Jackson (14) placed 50th in the 200 Freestyle, 39th in the 100 Butterfly, 36th in the 200 Backstroke, 30th in the 100 Freestyle, 47th in the 100 Backstroke, and 18th in the 50 Freestyle.
Camdyn Napper (13) placed 24th in the 200 Breaststroke, 43rd in the 100 Butterfly, 24th in the 400 Individual Medley, 22nd in the 100 Breaststroke, 40th in the 200 Individual Medley, and 18th in the 200 Butterfly.
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