The Cumberland County High School swim team had a busy January, competing in meets in Brentwood, TN, and at the University of the South in Sewanee and the Middle Tennessee Regional Championship at Centennial Sportsplex.

Jan. 9 meet: CCHS was joined at this Division I meet by Independence High School, Merrell High Magnet School, Station Camp High School, Coffee County Central and Wilson Central.

Junior Courtney Koehl swam a personal best time in the 100 free, placing first out of 19 entries and continued to meet a regional time in the 50 free, winning first out of 26 entries, according to Coach Vicki Presson.

Sophomore Kyle Presson placed third in the men's 50 free and second in the 500 free, while senior Kyle Martin swam the 100 yard free for a personal best time, which added him to the list for the Tennessee regionals and placed in the top 10 for the 50 free.

Freshman Sadie Shadden continued to stay in the competition during the 50 free and the 100 back. Senior Katelyn Graham placed 12th overall in the 50 free and fifth in the 100 breast.

Jan. 12 meet: After a couple of days off, CCHS was among 11 teams from Tennessee to compete in the St. Andrews-Sewanee's seventh annual High School Invitational.

Shadden swam a personal best time in the 50 yard free and continued on pace in the 100 back. Koehl placed third overall in the 50 free and second place overall in the 100 yard free.

Kyle Presson finished third in the 200 individual medley, which includes all four strokes and eighth in the 100 yard freestyle. Martin was 16th in the 50 free and 11th in the 100 back. Graham earned 18th in the 50 free and sixth in the 100 yard breaststroke.

Region championship: Martin, Koehl and Kyle Presson competed in the '08 Middle Tennessee Regional Championship on Jan. 25 at the Centennial Sportsplex.

The trio met qualifying times in two events per swimmer during Division I and Division 2 meets.These qualifying times move the three swimmers into the regional competition. They were among the 797 swimmers from 51 schools which met for the championships.

Martin swam the 50 yard free in a personal best time of 26:93, placing 72nd in a group of 224. He swam the 100 yard free with a second personal best time of 1.04.56, placing 87th out of 127. Both times were approximately two seconds off state qualifying times.

"This was Kris' second year to swim for CCHS, and he should be very proud of his accomplishments. Many swimmers participate for more than three years and do not get this close to a state time," said Coach Presson.

Koehl swam the 50 yard free in a personal best time of 27.988, which was six tenths of a second off the state qualifying time and placed her in 26th place out of 156 entries.

She also swam a personal best time of 1:02.94 in the 100 yard free to place 30th out of 138 swimmers. Her time in the 100 yard free was only two seconds off the seeded state time.

"I look forward to working with Courtney during her senior year. I know with her positive attitude, drive and determination will contine to move her forward in any goal which she sets for herself," added Coach Presson.

Kyle Presson had previously met state qualifying times in the 500 yard free and the 200 yard individual medley; therefore, he chose to swim the 100 yard free and the 100 yard butterfly in the regional meet.

He placed 31st in the butterfly with a time of 1:06.89 and in the top 50 percent with a time of 1:00.13 in the freestyle.

Coach Presson added, "Kyle will now focus on the two races which he will swim in the state level. He is the first CCHS swimmer to participate in this top level of competition and the whole teaam is very excited for him."

The state meet was held Feb. 8-9 at the Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville.