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Baylor vs GPS Swimming Preview
Timothy George

On February 9, 2021, the Baylor Swimming Team will host the GPS Bruisers in a long-awaited meet between the two teams. This event is so anticipated because of the success underlying both sides. 

The McCallie/GPS swimming program has always been a powerhouse in the Southeast. They have won 21 state championships in their history, including seven consecutively between 1998-2004. Many of the swimmers who have been a part of these programs went on to succeed at the college level. McCallie/GPS has already won two meets this season, beating Westminster (195-105) and Phillips Andover (163-114). 

Receiving prestigious awards and competing in national competitions, Baylor is easily the finest high school swimming program in Tennessee and arguably the best in the entire country. Baylor swimmers have competed in the NCAA and some even won Olympic gold medals. 

Recently, Swimming World Magazine ranked Baylor as first in the “Best of the Decade” feature. Based on the reviews this magazine consistently receives, this is nowhere near an easy feat. Even if that’s not enough for you, for the 2019-2020 season, Baylor was named national champions by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association. The Bruisers are going to have quite a challenge in beating this team. 

Keep an eye out for senior Ellie Waldrep. In 2019, Waldrep was one of the top 48 girls in the United States to compete in USA Swimming’s National Select Camp at the Olympic Training Facility in Colorado.

However, the Olympics are no stranger to Waldrep. In May 2019, she qualified for an Olympic Trial event in the 100-meter backstroke in the Atlanta Classic, and she made it to another one for the 200-meter backstroke later that year. She has earned the status of All American and broken multiple national records. 

In the end, we have a duel between two great teams loaded with talents. I have nothing but confidence that the Aquatic Raiders will come out of the meet as the winner, but this is an event that everyone needs to have on their calendars. GBR! 

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