Arnold, Mosley co-host 600 athletes at PCB Invitational
Saturday was a beautiful, but dry day in the Florida Panhandle...dry everywhere except the Panama City Beach Aquatic Center at Frank Brown Park.
The PCB Invitational is the largest high school swim meet in Northwest Florida. Co-hosted by Arnold and Mosley, the meet included 38 divers in the morning and 550 swimmers in the afternoon from 20 teams, stretched from Tallahassee to Pensacola plus Mississippi.
Even before the season gets going, this meet gets circled on the schedule as a postseason preview of sorts.
"It's definitely a little bit more pressure because more people are watching you," Arnold senior Taylor Warren said. "As you can see, there's a lot of tents all around us. So there's a lot more people here than usual. Usually we just have county meets. It's trying to see where you're at in the state of Florida."
Bay County was represented by the hosts, plus North Bay Haven and Bay. The high level out-of-town competition is the main appeal for the top local athletes.
"We don't race a lot of these swimmers every other meet because it's so far away," Mosley senior Maddie McKim explained. "This is good to figure out where we're going to be for regionals and state as we get further into the season and the state series. It's fun to see how everyone is doing, where we're all going to be placed and how we'll do at regionals and state."
The Mosley girls led locals by placing third overall, followed by Arnold fifth, and North Bay Haven seventh.
Mosley boys placed fourth, with Arnold fifth, North Bay Haven twelve and Bay nineteenth. Full results are attached.