By STEVE CORNELIUS, CJ Sports Editor
Youth has led the way for this year’s local swim competitions.
This year’s Commonwealth Journal All-County High School Swim Team boasts four underclassmen, with a middle schooler leading the way.
Pulaski eighth-grader Carly Tomlison has been named the Commonwealth Journal High School Swimmer of the Year for the second straight season, despite the fact she is not even in high school yet.
Tomlison, a 14-year-old student at Northern Middle School, has been swimming competitively since the age of 6, and along the way has garnered a multitude of awards.
As a seventh-grader, Tomlison was the first female from Pulaski High to ever qualify to swim regional finals
Along with being named the 2012 Commonwealth Journal Swimmer of the Year, Tomlison was awarded the 2013 Citizens Bank Athlete of the Week earlier this year.
Tomlison was given the IM Ready Achievement award from US Swimming, which gives her state and national rankings
In the 2013 Region 5 Swim Championships, Tomlison finished 14th in the 200-yard individual medley with a 2:24.16 clocking, finished 14th in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:05.59 and led the Lady Maroons in two relay races (400 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay).
On top of her achievements in the pool, Tomlison maintains a 3.625 GPA and is enrolled in AP Science and AP Language Arts.
Pulaski freshman Andrew Gray has been named to the All-County team for the second straight year.
Gray finished 16th in the 500-yard freestyle in the Region 5 Championships with a 5:57.96 clocking.
Gray was the top local male swimmer in the 2013 Lake Cumberland Winter Invitational. In the Winter Invitational, Gray finished 5th in the 500-yard freestyle and 5th in the 100-yard backstroke.
Southwestern sophomore Evan Roberts makes his first All-County swim team. Roberts was a member of the Southwestern 200-yard freestyle relay team, which finished 9th in the Region 5 Championships.
Roberts finished ninth in the 100-yard freestyle in the Lake Cumberland Winter Invitational. Roberts was a member of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team in the Snowball Invitational.
Southwestern senior Zach Stolze was named to the All-County Swim Team, after making the All-County Soccer Team earlier in the fall.
Stolze has been a mainstay to the Southwestern swim team with six years of varsity experience.
Stolze was a member of the Southwestern 200-yard freestyle relay team, which finished 9th in the Region 5 Championships.
Stolze won a gold medal in the 100-yard backstroke in the Snowball Invitational and was a member of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team.
Stolze is a member of the National Honor Society and DECA, and he plans to attend the United States Air Force Academy.
Southwestern sophomore Breanna Bogle has been in competitive swimming for over five years and is already a multiple All-County selection.
Bogle was the top scorer in the Snowball Invitational after she picked up wins in the 100-yard butterfly (1:18.76) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:16.36). Her 28 points scored in the Knox Central meet earned her the Citizens Bank Athlete of the Week Award.
Bogle placed fifth in the 100-yard butterfly of the Lake Cumberland Winter Invitational.
Southwestern senior Austin Duck has been a standout swimmer for the Warriors for over four years.
Duck was a member of the Southwestern 200-yard freestyle relay team, which finished 9th in the Region 5 Championships.
Duck finished runner-up in the 100-yard backstroke in the Snowball Invitational and placed 13th in the 200-yard freestyle in the Lake Cumberland Winter Invitational.
Pulaski junior McKayla Miller was a member of the Lady Maroons 200-yard freestyle relay team, which placed 13th in the Region 5 Championships.
Miller placed 13th in the 100-yard freestyle (1:06.93) in the Lake Cumberland Winter Invitational.