Sixth-grader to compete in swim championship

  • Thursday, February 27, 2014



Zak Griffin is a sixth-grader at Merriwether Middle School in North Augusta. This weekend, he will compete in the invitation only Georgia State 14-and-under Championships held at the same pool that hosted the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.


Griffin, who is a member of the Augusta Swim League, has qualified for this prestigious event twice in the past, which an impressive accomplishment for the 12-year-old swimmer. He will compete in five events at the Championships, the 50-, 100-, and 200-meter breast stroke, as well as the 50- and 100-meter free style. In the past his best finishes have been fifth, sixth and 10th places, but he looks to improve on those finishes this year. Zak not only excels in the pool but made the all A Honor Roll on his last report card.


“I am excited to swim in this meet at the site of the Olympics,” he said. Zak will have a cheering section that will include his parents and his little brother who is only 8 years old and already a member of the ASL team.


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