The 2017 Swim-a-thon is upon us! It will be taking place on Sunday, November 5th from 4-6 PM at the Ramsey Center! But what is the Swim-a-thon?
Fundraiser? Yes! Team bonding? Yes! A time for the coaches to be goofy? Absolutely! A chance for prizes? You know it!
It all starts next week (The week of Oct. 23rd) when the coaches will hand out Swim-a-thon “packets” to their practice groups. Those packets will contain information on what to do, as well as provide a place to keep track of donations.
Next, each family (note **”family”, not “swimmer”**) will collect at least $150 in donations for their efforts at the Swim-a-thon event. “Price-per-lap” Donations are encouraged. I.e. “I will be swimming 200 laps, so donate $.10 per lap to donate $20.
Then, at 4:00 PM on Nov. 5th, all ABSC practice groups will gather together at the Ramsey Center. We’ll break into our practice groups and, and each group will complete their lap requirements!
Each group has 2 hours to complete their lap requirements:
- Gups: at least 75 lengths of the pool
- Pups: At least 125 lengths of the pool
- Superpups and above: at least 200 lengths of the pool.
Each family will need to turn in their swim-a-thon packet with collected money by the provided due date. The due dates is not yet set, but will most be mid-late November.
As always, the coaches will be “absent” and a group of strangely dressed “guest coaches” will be leading the festivities.
There will again be tiered prizes this year based on amount of money raised per family. The $150 is the minimum, but there will be three tiers of rewards based on amount raised. Some prizes in the past have included:
- Night with the Olympians – autographs and stories
- Party at Rush!
- Paintball against the coaching staff
The prizes this year may include any of these, and could have some other prizes as well. Stay tuned! More details coming soon!
With Aidan Brook from ABSC’s 2017 Class making it on to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Swim Team a few weeks ago, ABSC’s 2017 Senior Class now has 5 swimmers participating on college teams!
Did you know, over the last four years ABSC has had 20 swimmers sign with college swim teams? That’s right at 5 Seniors per year going on to swim in college after their time with ABSC. Of those 20, there are 16 that are still currently swimming on college rosters! Here they are, by their year of eligibility in college:
- Cedar Hawks – Berry College
- Patrick Humphreys – University of Georgia
- Eliza Petersen – Carson-Newman University
- Anna Rose More – Georgia Southern University
- Caroline Allen – Liberty University
- Mary Claire Cardwell – University of Georgia
- Fear Churchwell – Calvin College
- Ian Hentenaar – Davidson College
- Camille Porter – Auburn University
- Madison Rogan – University of North Carolina, Asheville.
- Skylar Rogan – University of North Carolina, Asheville.
- Aidan Brook – Georgia Tech
- Danielle Dellatorre – University of Georgia
- Berklee Hawks – Berry College
- Grace Mauldin – Georgia Tech
- Alexis Shirley – Air Force Academy
Others that swam at least one season in college but moved on to other things:
- Mae McWhorter – Current Senior, swam at Georgia Southern University
- Kara Powell – Current Junior, swam at Towson University
- Robert Wylie – Current Sophomore, swam at West Virginia University
- Annie Williamson – Current Junior, swam at University of Georgia
It’s clear to see that ABSC has a strong tradition of athletes going on to swim in college, and this doesn’t even go back further than the last four years! There are countless others that have gone on to swim at schools all over the country.
There are three former ABSC swimmers currently coaching for ABSC as well! Dylan Kalessa, Emma Lowring, and Hannah Scarbrough are all coaching for us this year. Even those that don’t swim in college often stay connected to the sport in one way or another!
It should also be noted that while not all of our graduating seniors go on to swim in college, we are at 100% college attendance right now for all of our graduating seniors. Swimmers are routinely considered some of the most academically successful athletes, and our college attendance rates show why!
Here’s to more good things to come with our program, and good luck with our current high school Seniors!
What is ABSC’s Deli Dawg night, and who get’s to be a Deli Dawg?
Every year ABSC’s team gathers together once monthly to have dinner together, and honor our swimmers. That tradition will continue again this year as we bring back our popular Deli Dawg Nights!
On a given Monday each month, ABSC coaches will nominate one swimmer from each group to be the “Deli Dawg Swimmer of the Month.” The Deli Dawg swimmers are selected by their coaches based on the following criteria:
- Being an exemplary teammate
- Showing strong performance in practice and meets that month
- Rising to challenges or overcoming adversity
The first Deli Dawg Night of our 2017/2018 season is Monday, Oct. 23rd. We weren’t able to have a Deli Dawg night in September this year due to hurricanes and other weird circumstances, but we’ll be starting up in October!
At the beginning of practice, the coaches will gather the swimmers together and explain why each swimmer is receiving the Deli Dawg award that month. The swimmer will receive a free meal pass to Jason’s Deli on the spot!
Then, the swimmers will have an abbreviated practice, and will make their way over to Jason’s Deli where we’ll all eat as a team! Logistical Details will be sent out to the team next week.
So make sure to join us for the first Deli Dawg Night of 2017/2018! Here is a list of last years’s winners:
Gups: Kate Sullivan, Bea Graff, Ella Beard, Kai Hernandez-Gambill, Alex Huang, Grayson Malutinok, Jordan Tillman
Pups: Becket Daniel, Ashlyn Lange, David Hiss, Madelyn English, Shaan Kanaan, Julianna Bluhm, Crenshaw Halbach
Superpups: Jenny Tang, Aubree-Clare Flores, Sam Krosner, Ben Hiss, Ginny Thorsen, Ansley Halbach, Anna Schmidt
Dawgs: Emma Champer, James Xiao, Felicia Pursner, Lucy Yeomans, Will Foggin, Eileen Brook, Rebecca Pursner
Senior 2: Brendan Bowman, Joshua Joransen, Matthew Colquitt, Maddy Wilson, Ava Kennedy, Wesley Cline, Kylee Novicki
Senior 1: Charlie Logan, Erin Osborne, Aidan Brook, Danielle Dellatorre, Tyler Mazurek, Jackson Harvin, Owen Churchwell
See you at the Deli!
Before recapping the meet, a big THANK YOU goes out to all of our volunteers from the weekend. The ABSC parents set the example of teamwork for their swimmers by willingly volunteering their time. From announcing, to selling heat sheets, to running the computers, to officiating, to timing, our parents were the engine that made the meets go. You blessed our coaching staff by allowing us to do what we love in coaching your swimmers, and you blessed your swimmers by providing them a meet to swim in. THANK YOU!
I also want to give a big Thank You to all of the 13&over swimmers – the “Big Dawgs” – that participated in the Big Dawg/Little Dawg mentoring and made the night special for our 10&Unders on Friday night.
Red & Black Meet Recap
A night highlighted by a strong team atmosphere and the unveiling of the fun new “Big Dawg/Little Dawg” mentoring system also carried it’s fair share of drama and competition. After the dust settled, the Black Team walked away victorious in this showdown of ABSC squads for the 9th time in the last 10 years.
A close battle, the Black Team was able to secure their victory by producing an outstanding performance on the closing relays. The final tally ended up: Black Team: 1091.5, Red Team: 1053.5
It looked early in the meet as if the Red Team would prevail, taking a comfortable lead after the freestyle events at the beginning of the meet. But the Black Team roared back into the competition with a strong showing on the breaststroke and IM events, taking the lead and never looking back.
A close meet going into the final relays had the Red Team trailing by only 29 points. With a first place relay finish netting 18 points to the winning team for each age group, it was anyone’s meet. Particularly considering the Red Team had a strong showing in the freestyle events early in the meet, it appeared they had a chance.
But while the Red Team had a faster seed time in almost every relay age group, the Black Team had other plans for the outcome of the meet. With a surprising win in the 11-12 girls age group, and a Red Team DQ on the 1st place senior boys relay, the black team would go on to secure their victory.
ABSC vs. Marlins Recap
After dividing and competing against one another Friday evening, ABSC reunited Sunday morning to take on the Marietta Marlins. In what became a comfortable victory for ABSC, the intrigue in the meet comes more from the historical perspective than what actually took place Sunday morning. Here’s what I mean:
The Marietta Marlins have historically been one of the fastest teams in the state of Georgia! Despite their smaller numbers this season relative to ABSC, they still boast one of the most talented lineups of any team we’ll face this year. Loaded with several individual state champions, junior national qualifiers, and former members of the Georgia Zone Team, the Marlins are no small task.
In fact, the Marlins used to participate in the same Division as ABSC, swimming the Divisionals meet at Ramsey every March. They routinely won that meet for a span of about 10 years — some years winning by a sizable margin.
History aside, on Sunday there was no drama with the final outcome. ABSC headed into the final relays with a big lead, and further distanced themselves by the end of the meet! We took first place in every relay except the 10&under boys, who were barely out-touched by some talented Marlin youngsters. The 13-14 boys actually took first on the A-relay, and second on the B-relay, with the Marlins A-relay placing 3rd.
Even as recently as last summer, the Marlins proved a big challenge as they placed ahead of ABSC at the 14&Under state meet. So for us to start the season with a big win like this, is always a great sign of things to come.