FLORENCE - The Florence Alabama Swim Team, also known as FAST, just completed its 2020-2021 USA Competitive Season in March.
FAST is the only USA/ARPA (Alabama Recreation & Parks Association) competitive swim team in the Shoals area.
The Senior Southeastern meet took place February 19-21 in Huntsville with Madelyn Dawson qualifying in two events, the 50 meter and 100 meter freestyle.
The Region 1, 8 and Under (8U) Championship Meet was on February 26-28. FAST finished with three swimmers placing in the top 3 in the region. Aria White was 1st in the 100m Individual Medley. Hadley Hammond placed 2nd in the 25m Breaststroke. Archer White placed 2nd in the 100m Free, 2nd in the 50m Free, and 3rd in the 50m Fly.
Age Group Southeasterns was in Huntsville on March 5-7. Lo Hammond qualified in 6 events. She was the Southeastern 10U 200M Freestyle Champion with a 2:25.32, dropping almost 10 seconds from her seed time (previous best).
Overall, Hammond placed 1st in the 200M Free, 3rd in the 100M Freestyle, 4th in the 50M Free, 6th in the 200M Individual Medley and 8th in the 100M Individual Medley. She made two sectional qualifying times in the 50M and 200M free.
The Eastern Section of the Southern Zone (ESSZ) Sectional Meet was in Cary, North Carolina on March 12-14. Lo Hammond dropped even more time and finished 13th in her 50 freestyle with a 29.54 and 16th in her 200 free with a 2:23. This was the first time a FAST swimmer qualified for Sectionals under head coach, Chelsea Hughes Keeton. Keeton has been the head coach of FAST since 2011 and was an assistant for five years before that.
If you are interested in being part of the Florence Alabama Swim Team, registration is underway now and lasts through April 30. Summer Season is from May - August. Call the Royal Avenue Office at 256-760-6425 to set up a swim test. For more information, feel free to contact the team at FlorenceAlabamaSwimTeam@gmail.com.
“A lot of awesome things are taking place at FAST,” said Coach Keeton. “We would love to have you join.“