The 2010-2011 GHSA State Swimming and Diving Championships are at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, a 1,900-seat facility that was the venue for the swimming and diving competitions of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
"This is the first time that every team in the county has had a state representative," Josh Ruger, swimming coach at Woodland High, said. "[It's] just another sign of the great things that are happening here in the county in the sport of swimming."
He said preliminaries will be held at the Georgia Tech Recreation Center tonight at 6. Parking is $5 and admission is $10. The finals on Saturday start at 6 p.m.
Woodland teams will be competing in the 200 Medley Relay, with a qualifying time of 1:50.50; 200 Freestyle Relay, 1:36..11; and 400 Freestyle Relay for boys, 3:38.22.
Representing the school are Travis Culp, Jason Wood, Cody Zaring, Sky Jones, Jack Bucher, Hunter St. Clair, Zach Naelitz, Mathew Wisby, Justin Coetzee and Bronson Castro.
Cartersville relay teams will compete in the 200 Medley Relay, with a qualifying time of 2:07.39, and the 200 Freestyle Relay, with a qualifying time of 1:53.95.
Also competing for Cartersville is Elise Hart, 200 IM, 2:23.10; 50 Free, 26.43; 100 Fly, 1:01.89; 100 Free, 58.49; and 100 Back, 1:04.82.
Representing Adairsville is Tyler Herron, who will be competing in the 50 Free, with a qualifying time of 25.72, and the 100 Breast, with a qualifying time of 1:12.19.
Cass will be represented by Shane Walters, who is competing in the 50 Free, with a 23.05 qualifying time.
"The Medley and 400 freestyle relays have also set new school records this year," Ruger said. "This is by far the most talented and deepest boys team that we have had at Woodland High."
He said Woodland's athletes have set some lofty goals for the meet.
"We are hoping to qualify all relays for finals (Top 16 from preliminaries) and we are looking to break the school records in each of these events," he said. "Records are a benchmark that are meant to be admired for a short time; however ultimately records are made to be broken and that is what we hope to do this weekend."