The sophomore is now looking to make an even bigger impact at this year’s state meet at Georgia Tech after earning qualifying times in five events — the 200 freestyle (1 minute, 52.27 seconds), the 200 individual medley (2:04.07), the 50 freestyle (22.90 seconds), the 100 butterfly (54.41 seconds), the 100 free (50.05 seconds) and the 500 free (5:01).
He is also part of North Atlanta’s state-bound 200 medley and 400 free relay teams.
Stines put together a strong performance at the Madeline Brown Invitational at Emory University Dec. 14, recording his state-qualifying times with his third-place finish in the 200 IM and fourth-place showing in the 100 butterfly.
“Niko is really focused on achieving his goals and swimming better times,” North Atlanta coach Star Brackin said. “He had a very good year last year as a freshman and he’s swimming very well again this year.”
Stines is also a member of the Swim Atlanta club team.