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Stewart with her parents Joely and Joe

Stewart has record-setting weekend

By Michael Butler

Macey Stewart had quite the weekend. The Southside Middle School student competed at the USA Swimming Southeastern Championships in Huntsville and broke two records in her age group.

In the 11-12 100-yard freestyle, Stewart set a new record of 54.58. The previous record was 55.25 set by Michelle Harris in 1990. In the 200-yard free, Stewart topped Hadley Dowdle's 2:00.81 set in 2012 by more than a full second with a 1:59:08.

There were 50 teams combined competing in the Southeast Division.

Stewart began swimming at the age of four for the Tallassee Tiger Sharks under coach Donna Funderburk before beginning swimming year-round in the fall of 2017 with Auburn Aquatics under coach Erika Kinsaul.  She is also a member of the Tallassee High School team.


On Friday, the 12-year-old's day began with a record-breaking time in the 200 Free Prelim with a 1:59.47 which placed her in the finals. Later that evening she broke her own record for the win.

She swam the 100 Free on Sunday morning with a preliminary time of 54.79, another reocrd that put her in the finals. Stewart capped the day by breaking her own record again for her second win.

Macey Stewart
2019 SE SOUTHEASTERN - SC Championships Results
200-yard 11-12 Freestyle - 1st Place
50-yard 11-12 Backstroke - 8th place
100-yard 11-12 Butterfly - 5th place
50-yard 11-12 Freestyle - 3rd place
100-yard 11-12 Freestyle - 1st place
50-yard 11-12 Butterfly - 4th place

Old Record

Female 11-12
100 Free

Michelle Harris



SE-AUB New Record 54.58 

Old Record

Female 11-12
200 Free

Hadley Dowdle



SE-AUB New Record 1:59.08