What is your opinion of having this weekend’s state championship meet at Georgia Tech compared to the traditional site of Westminster Academy?
Peachtree Ridge coach Jeremy Laird: I love it. Georgia Tech is neutral territory. At Westminster, they have a great place but it was a private school and I felt like we were swimming in someone’s backyard. It’s nice to be at [1996 Olympic] facility. Our kids are pumped up about it. Some of them swam there for their summer teams and they enjoyed it. I can’t really think of any negatives about having it at Georgia Tech. I think it is a great move. Another thing about Westminster, they didn’t seem to have enough space. At Georgia Tech, the spectator seating is a lot better.”
Lassiter coach Glenn Meeden: We absolutely love it. Some of our kids swam there through their various club teams — and every single one of them love it. They think it’s a great pool and they think it’s a fast pool. Plus, there is the history, being the site of the Olympics, so you can’t help but be excited about being there. The only disadvantage is familiarity. It’s something new. No one swims there during the high school season, so there’s a “newness” about it. Otherwise, it’s great and everybody is excited about being there. There’s more room, so we can bring a lot more fans to watch it.
Now it’s your turn. What do you think of the switch? And why?