North Alabama sectional champs

The Boaz Pirates won the AHSAA North Alabama sectional swimming championship for the third year in a row. Team members are, front row, from left, head coach Dusty Thomas, Dawson Boyd, Jack Whitmire, Mason Timberlake, Brian Sibaja, Jude Burlison and Sahavi Shiekh; middle row, from left, Francisco Juan, Miguel Franco and Colby Croghan; back row, from left, Reese Cobb, Adam Holbrook and Nick Williams. Not pictured are Daniel Kerr and Fernando Vazquez.

On Nov. 22-23, the Boaz High School boys and girls swim team competed in the AHSAA North Alabama Swimming Championships at the Huntsville Aquatic Center. On the boys side, Boaz captured its third consecutive North Alabama sectional title.

Team and individual qualifiers advanced to the AHSAA’s 60th annual State Swimming and Diving Championships at James E. Martin Aquatics Complex at Auburn University on Friday and Saturday.

Boaz, which tied with T.R. Miller for the co-championship in the 1A/5A division at last year’s state meet, was undeniably the best team in the water at the North sectional by scoring 401 points.

Scottsboro finished second with 299, followed by Whitesburg Christian Academy with 264 points. Arab finished fourth with 111 points, and Guntersville placed sixth with 54 points.

The Boaz girls team finished sixth and put up 121 points.

In the past, Boaz boys teams have claimed relay titles at sectional meets, but this year was the first year the Pirates were able to claim an individual sectional title. Not only were they able to get one individual sectional title, they were able to get two.

Adam Holbrook was one of the swimmers who claimed an individual sectional title. He swam his fastest 50-yard freestyle ever to pull it off. He posted a 23.10, almost a half second faster than the second-place finisher. Holbrook also finished second in the 100 butterfly.

Reese Cobb was the other Boaz swimmer who claimed an individual sectional title, as he won the 100 backstroke. Nick Williams finished second behind Cobb, which enabled the Pirates to pick up a lot of points in the event.

Sahavi Shiekh placed second in the 100 breaststroke.

The Pirates finished first in the 200 freestyle relay by a full eight seconds in front of the second-place finisher Whitesburg Christian.

The Pirates also finished first in the 200 medley relay by holding off Scottsboro.

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