February 22, 2018

Kobe Evans to swim in state championships

Elmer Smith
Grainger Today Correspondent

KNOXVILLE – Grainger High School junior Kobe Evans has once again advanced to the Tennessee  high school swimming and diving championships.

Since Grainger High School does not have a swimming team, Evans is allowed to participate in swimming matches as a member of another high school. This year Evans participated in the Knoxville Interscholastic Swimming championships that were  held at the Allen Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20.

In this qualifying meet, Evans swam in both individual events and as a part of the Jefferson County team in relay races. In order to compete in events and qualify for the state championships, the swimmer must first qualify for the finals by posting one of the top times in the event preliminaries. In the 50-meter freestyle preliminaries, Evans posted a time of 22.49 which was the seventh best time. In the finals, Evans lowered his time to 22.02, which was good for a sixth place finish.

In the 100-yard backstroke, Evans moved into the final by placing second in the preliminaries with a time of 53.83. Evans then lowered his time as he swam the 100-yard backstroke finals in a time of 53.41 which earned him a fourth place finish.

In the relay events, Evans was part of both the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay. The medley relay is composed of four different styles, the butterfly, the backstroke, the breaststroke and freestyle with each participant swimming in their signature event. In the 200-yard medley preliminaries, Evans swam his 50 yards in a time of 25.13 which allowed the Jefferson County team to place 14th. In  the finals, Evans time was 25.33 and the Jefferson team took 12th place.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Evans had the best leg in the preliminaries as he swam a time of 22.14 in the leadoff leg for the Patriots which was good for an 11th place finish. In the finals of that event, Evans once again led Jefferson County with a time of 22.31 in the finals. The Patriots also took eleventh place in the finals.

In leading the Jefferson County team to a third place finish in the Division II championship, Evans, who also participates in basketball, baseball, cross-country as well as swimming, scored 28 points, which was more than a quarter of the points scored by the entire Jefferson County team.

The next step for Evans will be the state competition that will be also be held at the Allen Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center at UT Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10.

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Grainger High School junior Kobe Evans will be swimming in the state swimming championship as a member of the Jefferson County swim team.

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Kobe Evans to swim in state championships

Elmer Smith
Grainger Today Correspondent

KNOXVILLE – Grainger High School junior Kobe Evans has once again advanced to the Tennessee  high school swimming and diving championships.

Since Grainger High School does not have a swimming team, Evans is allowed to participate in swimming matches as a member of another high school. This year Evans participated in the Knoxville Interscholastic Swimming championships that were  held at the Allen Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20.

In this qualifying meet, Evans swam in both individual events and as a part of the Jefferson County team in relay races. In order to compete in events and qualify for the state championships, the swimmer must first qualify for the finals by posting one of the top times in the event preliminaries. In the 50-meter freestyle preliminaries, Evans posted a time of 22.49 which was the seventh best time. In the finals, Evans lowered his time to 22.02, which was good for a sixth place finish.

In the 100-yard backstroke, Evans moved into the final by placing second in the preliminaries with a time of 53.83. Evans then lowered his time as he swam the 100-yard backstroke finals in a time of 53.41 which earned him a fourth place finish.

In the relay events, Evans was part of both the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay. The medley relay is composed of four different styles, the butterfly, the backstroke, the breaststroke and freestyle with each participant swimming in their signature event. In the 200-yard medley preliminaries, Evans swam his 50 yards in a time of 25.13 which allowed the Jefferson County team to place 14th. In  the finals, Evans time was 25.33 and the Jefferson team took 12th place.

In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Evans had the best leg in the preliminaries as he swam a time of 22.14 in the leadoff leg for the Patriots which was good for an 11th place finish. In the finals of that event, Evans once again led Jefferson County with a time of 22.31 in the finals. The Patriots also took eleventh place in the finals.

In leading the Jefferson County team to a third place finish in the Division II championship, Evans, who also participates in basketball, baseball, cross-country as well as swimming, scored 28 points, which was more than a quarter of the points scored by the entire Jefferson County team.

The next step for Evans will be the state competition that will be also be held at the Allen Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center at UT Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10.

Courtesy photo

Grainger High School junior Kobe Evans will be swimming in the state swimming championship as a member of the Jefferson County swim team.