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DeKalb Aquatics swimmers push to get stronger
by Maurice Dixon
June 11, 2014 02:49 PM | 2245 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Maurice Dixon<br>From left, Kamaria Mahone, Anna Newman and Leona Harper of the DeKalb Aquatics swim team.
Staff / Maurice Dixon
From left, Kamaria Mahone, Anna Newman and Leona Harper of the DeKalb Aquatics swim team.
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At the moment, the DeKalb Aquatics swim team is a young bunch so the center of coach Melissa Wilborn’s focus is strength.

“Our goal this season is to get the kids a lot stronger,” said Wilborn, who has been the Tiger Sharks’ coach for nearly 20 years. “Get them prepared for the next short course season but also possibly qualify some more kids for nationals.”

In order to get this accomplished, Wilborn decided to bring in personal trainer Carlos Daniels to work with the swimmers for an hour before they work their magic in the pool at Agnes Scott College.

“This is their first time meeting with Carlos for dry lands,” Wilborn said. “I think it will make them stronger in their core as well as their upper body. I think that will be essential to them getting better for the near future.”

The Tiger Sharks are divided into the bronze, silver, gold, platinum, junior national and senior elite groups. Paideia rising sophomore Asha Evans is a senior elite competitor.

“She is extremely talented and likes to race,” Wilborn said. “She has that competitive edge about her that I wish I could get from a lot of athletes. When she steps up on the block, she just goes into a different zone. That is the incredible part of working with Asha because you can see she wants to win.”

Kamaria Mahone is also a senior elite swimmer, who was invited to the Diversity Select Camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center last month.

“I’m very excited to be working with her,” Wilborn said. “She is a national qualifier. She competed at her first Junior Nationals this past spring in the backstroke. She will be a pretty good freestyle, [intermediate] and butterfly swimmer down the road.”

Anna Newman was described as one of team’s most passionate swimmers.

“She has a lot of heart and is very driven,” Wilborn said. “One of the hardest workers I know. She is more of a mid-distance/distance swimmer but developing her [intermediate] and 200 butterfly.”

Wilborn also said Leona Harper is one of her most versatile swimmers.

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