Local swim clubs ready for showdown

CONYERS - You want action? You want competition at its purest form? Then head to Johnson Park at 2 p.m. Saturday.


Because once again it's time for the Heritage, Rockdale and Salem swimming squads to square off for the 11th Rockdale County Swimming Championships. And yes, bragging rights are certainly at stake.

Though Salem has dominated in years past, which includes eight boys titles, eight girls titles and 10 overall titles, 2009 marks a different era, one that can easily change.

And according to Rockdale coach Stephen Sansing, the close competition will make it all worthwhile, whether you're in the water or outside watching.

"It's really going to be up for grabs. I'm still hoping to get one more quality medley relay, but at the same time looking to defend our (girls) cup," Sansing said. "Nothing's a given this year for sure. The feeling is everybody wants to beat the other two schools, and it's going to be really close."

Last year the Lady Bulldogs prevailed; however, the Salem boys have captured first for 10 straight years. That being said, based on the competition Saturday that streak can easily be broken.

"We're still worried about them, and we're not taking anything for granted. (Salem and Heritage) have got some extremely talented swimmers, but what scares me the most is the depth of all the teams," Sansing said.

Regarding the Rockdale boys squad, it has never won the championship, proving that this meet is not intended for individual accolades but rather team accomplishments.

"I'm really looking for my seniors to step up and have a great meet, their last meet," Sansing noted. "If they do that, then I think the rest will take care of itself."

Jason Murdock can be reached at jason.murdock@rockdalecitizen.com.