The summer championship meet will take July 18-21 at Georgia Tech’s Olympic pool. The siblings met the qualifying times while competing at the Betsy Dunbar Long Course Invitational, which also took place at the Georgia Tech facility.
Luciano qualified for the summer championship in the 9-10 boys 50-meter backstroke with a time of 45.78. Viola qualified in the 11-12 girls 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 44.29. Earlier this year, as a 10-year-old, Viola qualified for the winter championships in the 50-yard breaststroke only to then age up, just before the February championships, to the 11-12 division with its harder qualifying time.
Luciano and Viola now join teammates Samson Mumber and A.J. Williams Jr. to represent TRSC, Rome, and Floyd County at the summer championship.
The thirteen TRSC swimmers in attendance at last weekend’s meet earned not just state qualifying times for the team but also high finishes and personal bests.
Mumber, 10, swam his way to three top 10 finishes at the meet, placing seventh in the 9-10 boys 50-yard backstroke, 10th in the 50-yard freestyle and 10th in 100-yard backstroke. Viola had 10 of her fastest swims ever. Luciano and Mumber each posted seven best times at the meet.
Jane Tullis, 11, had five best times in the 11-12 girls age group. Four TRSC swimmers had four best times: Sam Tullis, 8, in the 9-10 boys age group; Sarah Baker, 11, in the 11-12 girls age group; Alaric Gregoire, 14, and William Waguespack, 14, in the senior boys age group.
Lucas Baker, 9, swimming in 9-10 Boys and Kenta Davis, 11, in 11-12 boys posted three personal bests each. Momoka Ishii, 11, in the 11-12 girls age group, William Davis, 14, in the senior boys, and Sofia DeWandel, 16, in the denior girls each had two personal best swims during the two days of competition
TRSC swimmers, coached by Brooks Coville and Melissa Picon, train year round at the Rome High pool.