SEALS 2021

NERVOUS SMILES: Swimmers are grouped by their heats by coaches and volunteers as they get ready to move into the competition.

The Granbury SEALS swim team was a runaway winner during the circuit meet competition held at the Hood County YMCA Saturday, with local athletes accounting for 153 total medals, including 71 colored in gold.

With such domination by the SEALS, big moments were hard to pick out — but several Granbury swimmers ended the day with nothing but gold hanging from their necks.

Rayah Gifford’s 50-meter fly was just .18 behind her 50-meter backstroke (girls age 15) as she recorded a time of 30.00 flat in the fly, and she racked up four gold medals on the day. Gifford also won the 400 IM and, for good measure, helped the men win the 200-meter medley relay.

Bethany Crow (13) matched Gifford’s four-medal total with wins in the 500-meter freestyle, 50-meter backstroke, 100-meter IM, and leg two of the girls 200-meter medley.

Kori Brawner, Keaton Wendel and Kyle Brawner also had big days, picking up three medals each.

The SEALS will now turn their attention to the regional swim meet, with the top four finishers advancing to the state meet July 29-Aug. 1.

A complete list of medal winners may be found online @ teamunify.com/team/reczzsst/page/home

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