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Stewart and Mask

Stewart a state champ - again

By Michael Butler

The total is up to seven. That is the state gold medal count for Tallassee High School junior swimmer Macey Stewart, the program's most decorated swim champion.

Stewart added two more blue ribbons to her growing count of titles at the AHSAA 2022 State Swimming and Diving Championships at Auburn University's James E. Martin Aquatics Center.

Stewart won the 100-meter backstroke and set a new record in the 100-meter freestyle. The two blue ribbons match the feat she had last year in the same two events.

Stewart's time in the freestyle was tops in all classifications last year. This year, her 50.79 prelim time set the all-time record in the Class 1A-5A event.

Tallassee was ninth overall among the Class 1A-5A girls. They were 11th in the team standings for the boys.

Sophomore Camden Mask was fourth in the 200-meter individual medley. He was also fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke. He grabbed the bronze in the breaststroke last year. Adam Aldridge was eighth in the 500-meter freestyle.

The girls relay team of Stewart, Ivy Davis, Allison Johnson and Valerie Johnson was seventh.

"We're so proud of these young athletes," said THS coach John Mask. "The coaching staff would like to thank each swimmer this year for all your hard work. Many records were broken, and our team continues to grow and improve every year.

"We would also like to congratulate Macey Stewart on another record-breaking season and on winning her seventh state title individually. In athletics when you compete at the highest level this is not an easy task, and it is to be celebrated." 

UMS-Wright won the 1A-5A girls championship. Boaz was first in the boys division.

Stewart, Allison Johnson, Valerie Johnson, Ivy Davis