Meredith Barrington’s determination paid off in the GISA state swim meet. And it may have been a sign of even bigger things to come.
The Covenant swimmer captured the state title in the 100-yard butterfly and was also a member of state title teams in the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay. And she’s only a sophomore.
“She is just a great talent, especially under the water,” said Justin Correia, Barrington’s coach at Swim Macon. “She was definitely determined to win the 100 butterfly, and it was just a great accomplishment for her.”
It was also a great feeling for Barrington.
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She was part of the medley relay team that won first before capturing the 100 butterfly. After another individual event, she returned to the pool to help the freestyle relay team take first place.
“It was just pure joy,” Barrington said of winning the butterfly title. “I wanted so much to swim it again, it was that much fun. It was one of the happiest times of my life.”
The two relay titles added to Barrington’s joy, especially for such a young program like Covenant’s. Covenant’s swim program is competing in just its third season.
“I was excited for the team as a whole, it was such a great day,” Barrington said. “We have grown so much as a program, and this was really exciting for all of us.”
Barrington’s individual title, however, proved to her that all her hard work has paid off. That work began at Swim Macon and is now taking shape with the Covenant program.
“I was trying my hardest to win the 100 butterfly,” she said. “I didn’t really expect to win it because I didn’t know I had that in me. I surprised myself because of that.
“But now that I have that in me, I can’t wait to get back to work and keep getting better and better.”
Barrington is not the only one who is excited about the future. Donna London is her coach at Covenant and expects big things in the coming years from her sophomore star.
“It’s not just the physical qualities, but she has the inner qualities, as well, to be really, really good,” London said. “She is dedicated to working hard to get better and to continue to improve.”