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High school swimming: Cherokee Bluff looking to compete well in first Hall County championship
A Cherokee Bluff High swimmer works on the backstroke during a recent practice in Gainesville.

When area swimmers dive in to the 2019 Hall County Swimming Championships at 9:30 a.m. today in Gainesville, one program will get its first opportunity to lay a foundation of something bigger. 

For Cherokee Bluff High coach Kristi Goodwin, this will be her first Hall County championship and also a chance to “build a legacy” for The Bears, something that has kept this team motivated since Day 1. 

It begins with Michael Castell and Eli Collette, two individuals that will be representing the Bears at the GHSA Swimming and Diving State championship next month. 

“The kids have been working really hard and have shown a lot of progress,” Goodwin said. 

Cherokee Bluff will be the youngest group of swimmers Saturday, and the only school with no seniors on its roster. However, Goodwin is confident and says that her juniors have stepped up to take on a leadership role within the team. 

“I’m super proud to see my young team doing a great job hanging with some amazing established Hall County teams,” Goodwin said. “The best part of taking on the head coach role is the incredible support I receive from area coaches, we spend a lot of time on the deck together so it’s hard not to become friends.”

The championships will be held at Riverside Military Academy beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Admission is free and heat sheets will be available for $5 each. 

Warm ups will begin promptly at 7:35 a.m. and run 20 minutes per school. 

Among the nine participating schools in Saturday’s competition will be Hall County’s newest addition, Cherokee Bluff. The rest include, Chestatee, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Lakeview Academy, Lanier Christian Academy, Riverside Military Academy, North Hall and West Hall. 

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