Swimmer of the Year: Little goes wrong in Yoder’s final season
by Adam Carrington
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Jimmy Yoder
<Br>Staff photo by Todd Hull
Jimmy Yoder
Staff photo by Todd Hull
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About this time next year, Jimmy Yoder will probably be representing Stanford in the Pac-12 swimming championship.

Before then, however, he left his name in the Class AAAAAA and Cobb County record books.

The only way Yoder could have had a more productive senior year was if Lassiter won a state championship. Instead, the Trojans finished third behind Parkview and Chattahoochee.

He did just about everything else right in last month’s Class AAAAAA meet at Georgia Tech.

Yoder won individual state titles in both the 200-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly, setting a state record in the latter. He also guided the 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay to state titles, with the latter also setting a new state record.

Earlier in the season at the Cobb County Championships, where Lassiter finished second to Walton, Yoder set new records in both the 200 and 500 freestyles and guided the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays to new state records as well.

For his efforts, Yoder is the 2012-13 Marietta Daily Journal/Cobb County Boys Swimmer of the Year.

“It was my senior season, and I definitely wanted to go out on top,” Yoder said about the state meet. “I wanted to help Lassiter as well, too. Our goal was to score as many points as possible and we definitely wanted to get all three of our relays in the finals.”

Yoder has talked in the past about his strict conditioning in and out of the water, which has helped him increase his speed every year. When he’s not in the pool, medicine ball exercises, abdominal workouts and other strength and resistance training exercises are just as important.

It played a huge role in Yoder winning his first state title in the 200 freestyle this year with a time of 1 minute, 37.49 seconds. He went out strong in the first 100 yards to build the lead and maintained it until the very end.

“I tried to attack the race as much as I could on the front half,” Yoder said. “Sometimes, I like to bring it home hard or go out hard from the start. That day, I had a lot of adrenaline, so, at the start, I got out in front.”

Yoder applied the same strategy at the start of the 100 butterfly before winning it with a record rime of 48.16 — beating Harrison’s Connor Oslin by nearly 2 seconds.

With Lassiter still in contention about halfway through the meet, Yoder still had two relays to gear up for.

The 200 freestyle team — Yoder, Zach Bunner, Daniel Bridgers and Zach Marshall — came within .02 seconds of breaking another state record, finishing in 1:24.87. The same foursome then ended the meet by setting a new state record time in the 400 freestyle relay (3:06.12).

Even though Lassiter came up just short of the county title, every race Yoder swam resulted in a new record.

Lassiter’s 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays — with the same group of swimmers who competed at the state meet — set county-record times of 1:34.38 and 3:08.65, respectively.

Yoder shattered a 22-year-old record in the 200 freestyle with his time in 1:40.41, and he broke his own record in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:29.27.

“Overall, it was a successful season, and I was proud of how everyone stepped up,” Yoder said. “We may not be as deep as Walton, but the guys stepped up, and that’s good for the years to come.”
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