By Sarah Harr
Anna Langston, a Foley High School freshman and member of the swim team, recently qualified for sectionals.
Accompanied by Coach Kim Jackson, Langston headed to Mobile where sectionals were held from November 18-19. She competed in two events, the 100 breaststroke and the 50 freestyle. She was the only qualifier from Foley and the first in several years to make sectionals.
On the first day, Langston was among the Top 16 to qualify for finals in the 100 breaststroke. The next day, she placed 12th overall with a time of 1:23.10.
Before the competition, I asked Langston a few questions:
Q: How does it feel to make sectionals?
A: I feel overwhelmed with joy and happiness that I’m able to go to sectionals this year to represent Foley High School.
How long have you been swimming?
I’ve been swimming since I was seven, so this would be my eighth year swimming competitively.
Why do you enjoy swimming?
I enjoy swimming because I just love swimming for a mile straight, and the feeling afterwards is the greatest feeling of accomplishment.
What advice would you give to beginners?
Some advice I would give to people who want to start swimming is that you should try swimming a couple of laps every other day and see how well you swim, and watch lots of videos on how to proper breathing and swim techniques.
Is there anything you’d like to add?
I just want everyone to try to learn how to swim because drowning incidents happen everyday. Also, an average of ten people in the U.S. die from drowning each day.
Congratulations, Anna! We’re all very proud of you.