Petersen, Jones qualify for Tennessee High School Swimming, Diving Championships

Posted February 8, 2017

Two students at The Webb School have qualified to compete in the Tennessee State High School Swimming and Diving Championship. Emma Petersen of Bell Buckle and Tucker Jones of Christiana will compete at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville on Feb. 10-11.

Petersen, a jumior, will compete in the 100-yard backstroke, and Jones, a ninth grader, will compete in the 100-yard breaststroke after both qualified in the regionals on Jan. 27.

Petersen, who began swimming competitively when she was 5 years old, previously qualified for state in 2015 and 2016 in every event.

“I recently took a break from swimming -- about five months out of the pool,” said Petersen. “This is the longest length of time I’ve been away from the water, but I needed it. It proved a new appreciation for the sport. I wasn’t able to perform as well this year or make the cuts I usually do, but that just proves a love and training for the sport are necessary for success.”

Petersen is a member of the Manchester Makos team and usually trains swimming two hours a day, Monday through Saturday. She currently is training three times a week until she is “in better shape.”

Tucker swims with Streamline Aquatics Club (STAC) in Rutherford County and practices two hours a day, Monday-Saturday. He followed up his state qualification with a competition in Huntsville, Ala., Feb. 4-5. In Huntsville, his top three placing events were 5th in the 100-yard Breaststroke, 3rd in the 50-yard Backstroke, and 2nd in the 50-yard Breaststroke.

“I've put in a lot of yards and it has taken a lot of time to do this,” he said. “Finally getting it off my shoulders feels great. It's crazy to think that we work and worry about something that lasts less than a minute and a half.”

The next stop after state is nationals, “where qualifying times get harder,” Jones noted.

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