WXXV Student Athlete of the Week: St. Patrick’s Annabelle Tarrant

Annabelle Tarrant is a sophomore on the St. Patrick swim team – and the No. 1 seed in almost every event she competes in.

What all started from an interest flyer at school when she was 8 years old, swimming has turned into a whole passion for Annabelle Tarrant, who seems to be in a pool more than she is on land.

Tarrant is doing laps year-round, both on her high school team, and the best competitive swim program, standing for Biloxi Elite Swim Team. “During high school season I just do high school practice, because obviously I’m still practicing … and then after that I might take a little break, like a couple weeks or something, and then I’ll just get back to practicing after school.”

Tarrant is an incredible distance swimmer and says her best events are the 500-meter freestyle and the breast stroke.

She’s currently the No. 1 seed in the 200-free and has the fastest time for the 500. But according to Tarrant, it’s all about her Fighting Irish team – also the No. 1 seed in the 400-meter relay. “I say the team, because you know without them, you can’t really have fun. And they motivate you, and give you some laughs, and then you get in the pool and swim, and they’re the first faces you see like getting out of the pool.”

The St. Patrick swim team is led by Head Coach Colton Copeland, who says he’s truly seen Tarrant grow these last two years. “Annabelle is an amazing swimmer, amazing athlete, child also. If I had a whole team of Annabelle’s, coaching would be so much easier. She’s very goal-driven, and very oriented … very respectful. She knows what needs to be done as an athlete, and when to listen and when to speak up. She’s very shy, very modest, but she has a lot of talent, a lot of potential.”

Copeland even goes as far as to say that he sees Tarrant competing at the next level. “With her attitude and her work ethic, I think she would have no problem swimming in college. Any college coach would have a tremendous athlete on their hands if she ended up swimming for them.”

When it comes to her future plans, Tarrant’s dream is to swim at the Savannah College of Art and Design where she hopes to major in fashion design.

Annabelle and the rest of the St. Patrick swim team will compete in South State this weekend in hopes of qualifying for the state meet.

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