By Malcolm Butler
Joseph Amiano, Camdyn Napper and JJ Hoover all recorded strong performances for Team Louisiana at the Southern Zone Championship Swim Meet held in late July in Cary, North Carolina.
The trio were three of the 39 swimmers that comprised Team Louisiana and that competed against athletes from Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
Amiano was the top point scorer for Team Louisiana with 50 points while Napper was the sixth highest scorer and Hoover was eighth highest scorer.
“For our three boys from Bulldog Aquatic Club to be three of the top scorers for Team Louisiana is fantastic,” said Bulldog Aquatic Club coach Rocky Smith, who served as the coach for Team Louisiana. “It shows the quality athlete Bulldog Aquatic Club features of our team.”
Amiano and Napper finished with the most Top 16 finishes for Team Louisiana, each making 5 of 6 Top 16 finals for their races. Hoover finished in the top 16 of two events, despite being just 13-years old and competing in the 13-14 age group.
“Making the top 16 at this ultra competitive meet was impressive with the best 11 t 14-year-old athletes from Texas to West Virginia,” said Smith. “I am so proud of them and how they represented the Bulldog Aquatic Club. It is a testament to their hard work and dedication.”
Joseph “G” Amiano (12): 18th in the 200 Freestyle, 9th in the 50 Backstroke, 6th in the 100 Butterfly, 5th in the 50 Freestyle, 9th in the 100 Freestyle, and 12th in the 50 Butterfly.
He was also a part of Team Louisiana Relays that finished 9th, 12th, 6th, 10th, and 12th.
John “JJ’ Hoover (13): 24th in the 100 Breaststroke, 17th in the 400 Individual Medley, 11th in the 200 Butterfly, 22nd in the 200 Breaststroke, 29th in the 200 Individual Medley, and 9th in the 100 Butterfly.
He was also a part of Team Louisiana Relays that finished 14th, 8th, and 6th.
Camdyn Napper (14): 15th in the 100 Breaststroke, 5th in the 400 Individual Medley, 14th in the 200 Butterfly, 14th in the 200 Breaststroke, 12th in the 200 Individual Medley, and 19th in the 100 Butterfly.
He was also part of Team Louisiana Relays that finished 7th, 15th, 15th, and 6th.