Local swimmers compete in North Carolina

L to R: Joseph Amiano, coach Rocky Smith, JJ Hoover and Camdyn Napper will represent the BAC and Team Louisiana at the Southern Zone Meet in North Carolina.

By Malcolm Butler

A trio of local swimmers are competing in North Carolina this week as Joseph “G” Amiano, John “JJ” Hoover and Camdyn Napper participate at the Southern Zone Championships.

The trio are all members of the Bulldog Aquatic Club (BAC).

The competition starts Wednesday and runs through Saturday in Cary, North Carolina, and includes the top swimmers from Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.

The fastest 12 competitors in each event from each state advanced to the regional event. The Southern Zone is one of four zones across the country (Western, Central, Eastern) and include the following age groups: 11-12 girls, 11-12 boys, 13-14 girls, and 13-14 boys. 

“These are some of the fastest 11 to 14 swimmers in the country,” said BAC coach Rocky Smith, who was selected as the head coach for Team Louisiana. “It is an honor for me to lead Team Louisiana as the head coach this week.”

Amiano will compete in the 11-12 boys age group while Hoover and Napper will compete in the 13-14 boys age group.

The competition will include one session on Wednesday (July 26) as well as prelims and finals for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. 

The athletes competing are as follows individual events as well as relays for Team Louisiana. At the meet, the top eight from the preliminaries in each event to the finals while 9th through 16th advance to the consolation final. 

For more information including contact information about Bulldog Aquatic Club.  Please go to https://www.teamunify.com/team/labac/page/home.