Ming shines in swim competition

Peyton Ming is a member of the Highlands Hurricanes swim team and competed in the Florida Age Group Swimming Championships in Gainesville over the weekend. More than 60 teams throughout Florida qualified over 900 swimmers to compete at this championship meet. Ming began swimming with the Lake Placid Aquatics team in May of 2012, and began training with the Highlands Hurricanes swim team year-round program in September of 2012. He has made great strides in his first year of competing and qualified to swim in four events at the championship meet.
Ming, who is from Lake Placid, competed in the boys 10 and under age group. Ming competed in the 50-meter backstroke and was seeded 57th, but swam well and finished 16th with a time of 40.86, dropping more than 3 seconds from his previous best time. Ming also competed in the 50-meter butterfly and was seeded 29th, but finished 11th with a time of 37.21, dropping over 3 seconds from his previous best time. On Saturday, Ming competed in the 200-meter individual medley and was seeded 42nd, but came in 31st with a time of 3:12.93, dropping over 12 seconds from his previous best time. On Sunday, his final event was the 100-meter backstroke. He was seeded 39th place and finished in 23rd place with a time of 1:30.19, dropping over 5 seconds from his previous best time. Next up for the Hurricanes will be Andrew Brown competing in the Florida Senior Championships at the Indian River State College. He will be competing in the 50-meter freestyle, 100 and 200-meter breaststoke, 100 and 200-meter backstroke, and the 200-meter individual medley. The rest of the team will finish the summer swimming session at the Area 3/5 Championship Meet, Aug. 2-4 in St. Petersburg. The Hurricanes will take a short break following the meet and due to demand for year-round swimming, the Hurricanes will be offering a fall swimming program, which will begin in late August. For more information about joining the Highlands Hurricanes, please contact coach Marvin Wolfe at 382-9272.