The best is yet to come!
It’s true, lots of great things are happening around ABSC. From all the awesome Deli Dawg swimmers, to the state champions and swimmers qualifying for big meets like “Junior Nationals”, to new practice groups thriving, to all the countless swimmers who have consistently worked hard all season, going best times and improving steadily. It’s clear to see the Dawgs are on a roll!
But despite an already amazing year, the fun is just now beginning! The best really is yet to come when you consider that most coaches and swimmers alike consider the Northeast Divisional Championship, our final meet of the ’17/’18 short course season, to be their favorite meet of the year!
We’re excited to host the meet once again at the Ramsey Center on the weekend of March 23rd-25th! Furthermore, for the first time in a long time we’re entering the meet as defending champs! 2017’s victory for ABSC was the first championship in 8 years, much to the delight of our team. Now, here are a couple of things to know heading into the meet.
1. Our poster-making tradition will continue! We’ll once again group up as a team over the course of two nights and make motivational posters going into our big meet! Gups, Pups, and Senior 1 will make posters on Wednesday night, March 21st. Superpups, Dawgs, and Senior 2 will make them on Thursday, March 22nd. Going along with that is point 2…
2. Going for the Spirit Award! While we’ll do our best to win the meet, we’re also going to go all out for the team spirit award! The theme is “All out Dawg!” We’ll put on our Red, Black, and White and represent ABSC as best we can! Think Red&Black meet from the fall, but the whole team together. We started the season with ABSC spirit, and we’ll end it that way. More details to come!!!
3. Every swimmer on the team should plan on swimming! This is not a qualification meet – every athlete can/should participate. It’s the last meet of the year, and it’s a team battle, so we need all hands on deck. Even if your swimmer can’t do all three days, they should at least do one or two days! Every. Swimmer.!!
4. This meet is all about competing as TEAM, and having FUN! Swimmers compete their best when they’re motivated by teamwork and enjoying themselves, and that’s our number one goal! Sure, winning is nice, but we care much more about teamwork and fun. Parents – help us make that the goal!
Thanks everyone, and we’ll have plenty more details as we get closer to the meet.
GOOOOOOO DAWGS! SIC ‘EM!
Georgia Tech – Feb. 16-18, 2018.
ABSC Swam to a 5th place overall finish at 14&under State this weekend, behind two state championships from Jackson Bates (13-14 age group), and three more titles from Ansley Nunnally (9-10 age group). Age Group State Team Scores.
Because ABSC broke the 200-swimmer mark on our rosters this year, we could No longer compete for a top-3 finish in the Medium Division. ABSC had to take on the big programs like Dynamo and Swim Atlanta in the Large Division! Despite that change, ABSC’s 1,363 points were good for 5th in the Large Team Division, and 5th overall as we finished ahead of all the teams in the other two. divisions. That’s fifth place among the 33 teams present at the meet, and the 71 registered Georgia Swimming LSC clubs for the 2017/2018 season.
Jackson Bates, 14, took the first championship of the weekend for ABSC with a surprise win in the 100 breaststroke Friday evening. Jackson was the 3rd seed entering the meet with a seed time of 1:02.53. The top seed swimmer, from Dynamo Swim Club, entered the meet with a seed time of 58.46. Jackson would drop over 2 seconds in prelims to place second going into finals with a time of 1:00.18.
Then at finals, he pullout off the upset. Dropping nearly another second from prelims, Bates pulled away with a strong pullout off the last wall, holding off his competitor and touching the wall in a blazing fast 59.19, his first Senior Sectional qualifying time!
Bates returned to action Saturday night, and once again he wowed the audience with a spectacular performance in the 200 breaststroke. After trailing at the halfway point, Jackson followed coach Jonathan’s instructions to make his move on the 3rd 50, pulling to a slight lead going into the final 50. It was there that Bates left the field in the dust, touching first in a stunning 2:08.38, more than 5 seconds faster than his time from prelims and almost 8 seconds faster than his 2:16.08 seed time coming into the meet! Bates picked up his 2nd Sectional qualifying time, and also his first Future’s qualifying time. It is also the 15th fastest time in the nation this year for a 14-year-old.
Along with Jackson Bates, 10-year-old Ansley Nunnally of the Superpups had the meet of her young life, scoring OVER 200 points all by herself in what may be the highest-scoring individual performance at an ABSC state meet in over 30 years! Nunnally’s 237 points outscored 22 of the 33 TEAMS at the meet BY HERSELF! She never placed lower than 4th in 11 individual events (10&under swimmers could swim 11 different individual events over the weekend, where as 11&older could swim a maximum of 9 due to having to swim prelims and finals).
The story of the weekend for Nunnally included an all out battle with a swimmer from the HLHK Seals Swim Club out of Atlanta, as the 2 traded first and second place finishes most of the weekend. Her first victory came on Saturday in her final individual event of the day, the 100 butterfly, where she improved her time by almost 3 seconds to a blazing fast 1:06.71, a AAAA time and the 21st fastest time in the country this year for 9-10 year-olds.
On Sunday Ansley renewed her battle against the HLHK swimmer. After finishing second to that swimmer in both the 100 and 500 freestyle, Ansley pulled off the upset with a surprisingly fast time of 27.20 in the 50 free for her second championship of the weekend. Two events later, Ansley as back at it with the 200 freestyle, again racing the same swimmer. After easing through the first 50, she began to build her pace on the second and took off on the 3rd! She built a lead on the 3rd 50 that would prove insurmountable, and claimed her 3rd championship of the weekend in a time of 2:11.89 – the 25th fastest time in the country this year!
All in all she claimed 3 state titles, 6 second-place finishes, 1 3rd, and 1 4th. She achieved a personal best time in all 11 events, and her 100 fly, 100 free, and 200 free were all top-30 times in the nation this year.
Along with Jackson and Ansley, ABSC also featured 3 other podium finishers, and multiple other finalists and point-scorers (swimmers placing in the top 20).
- Simon Casey claimed his podium appearance on the first day of the meet, claiming second place overall in the 11-2 1000 freestyle. Simon’s time of 11:03.06 was a 49.42 second improvement, a AAA time, and the 74th fastest time in the nation this year. Casey swam all personal best times, and had
- Karen Zhao took 3rd place in the 200 freestyle, going a personal best 1:53.33, a AAAA time and the 90th fastest time in the country this year. She placed top 10 in all but 3 events and top 20 in all but 2 events to go along with that!
- Eileen Brook claimed 3rd in the 11-12 200 backstroke, improving her best time by more than 6 seconds and moving up from the 5th seed going into the meet. That time was AAA qualifying time for Eileen. She was also 4th in the 100 back and 5th in the 50 back, and went almost all personal best times.
Other key swims and notes from the meet:
- Julian Attaway swam personal bests in all but one event, and was 20th in the 200 fly, dropping over 3 and a half seconds.
- Eli Bates was a member of 2 top 10 relays, and swam a personal best in the 200 breaststroke by almost exactly 7 seconds with a time of 2:46.78.
- Emma Champer featured on the A 13-14 medley relay that placed 12th overall, and swam a strong 1000 free in time of 11:29.13.
- Jenna Champer achieved personal best times in every event she swam, including a 21 second improvement in her 1000 and an 8.13 second drop in the 500 for a time of 5:27.04
- Alexandra Clifton swam the freestyle leg of the girls 10&under 8th place 200 medley relay, scoring 30 points for the team in that race!
- Olivia DellaTorre had one of the strongest meets by an ABSC swimmer, achieving all personal best times and qualifying in the A final on several events! She dropped 7.6!!! seconds on her 100 breast, and almost 10 on her 200 breast, achieving a Senior Sectional time and her first Future’s cut with a time of 2:22.66.
- Ella Dillon placed in the top 20 in every single one of her events, scoring points in every event. She improved her 500 free by 26.01 seconds, and placed 10th in the 50 breast with a time of 40.42. She achieved personal bests in all but 2 events.
- Parker Fagrell achieved personal best times in all but 1 event, and placed 17th overall in the 200 backstroke with a 6.28 second drop for a time of 2:27.14
- Aubree-Clare Flores had an impressive showing in her 200 backstroke, achieving a personal best time of almost 2 seconds after dropping several seconds in the event only weeks earlier.
- Will Foggin achieved personal best times in all but 2 events, including dropping almost 3 seconds in both his 200 fly and 200 IM. He achieved top 20 finishes in both the 500 free, and the 400 IM with a time of 4:29.02, an almost 3.5 second personal best.
- Ella Freeman achieved personal best times in every single event, including finaling in the 200 breast and improving her best time by more than 8.6 seconds, down to a 2:32.40. She also took off 5.40 in her 1000 free.
- Ansley Halbach was perfect on the best time list as well, including huge time drops of 32.61 in the 1000, 8.55 in the 200 back, and 8.77 in the 400 IM.
- David Hiss went 2-2 on personal bests, winning his heat in the 50 breast and anchoring our 200 freestyle relay that finished 11th overall
- Daniel Huang swam several best times and improved his freestyle swims a lot, dropping his 100 by 1.16 seconds, his 1000 by 6.34, and getting under 2 minutes in his 200 free.
- Gavin Jones went personal best times in most events, placed top 15 in both the 1000 and 500 free, and took off an astounding 30.33 seconds on his 1000, for a new personal best of 10:12.30, achieving a AAA time in the event.
- Shaan Kanaa split a personal best on his relay for the 10&under boys, and helped them to an 11th place finish, scoring 22 points in that one swim.
- Henry Logan placed top 20 in all but 2 events, placing 4th in the 200 back with a time of 1:57.94 and achieving a AAA time.
- Payton Morrison posted a new personal best time in his 100 breaststroke with a super fast 1:09.47, a personal best by more than 3 seconds!
- Luke Phillips achieved a personal best on all 5 of his individual events, winning his heat 3 out of 5 times and over 2 seconds on his 50 and 100 backstroke
- Rebecca Pursner was a strong member on all 4 relays for ABSC as they placed top 10 in 3 out of four, and she dropped an impressive 24.65 seconds on her 200 fly for a final time of 2:39.91.
- Emily Schulz made finals in her 100 butterfly with a personal best time of 1:00.56, dropping nearly 2 seconds, and was a member of 2 top-10 relays.
- Kailey Teyner dropped 3 seconds on her 100 breaststroke on Sunday, coming out of nowhere for the 10th place overall finish in the meet with a time of 1:28.53! She also swam on the 10&under relay that placed 8th.
- Ginny Thorsen swam a blazing fast 1000 yard freestyle in 11:59.19, breaking the 12 minute barrier despite swimming it for the first time short course! She was also a big contributor on relays, anchoring all 4 for the 11-12 girls!
- Mckee Thorsen achieved personal bests in all but 1 event, dropping more than 3 seconds on his 200 fly for a fast time of 2:18.76, and contributing on four different relay over the weekend.
- Torin Trotter achieved a personal best time on his 100 freestyle, dropping nearly a second despite dropping several seconds to achieve the time 2 weeks ago. He also swam a personal best on his relay leadoff, achieving a new 50 free state time in the process!
- James Xiao achieved several best times for ABSC, including a 4.12 second drop for a 2:11.49 in his 200 back! He was also a major relay contributor.
- Ryan Xiao found personal bests in most of his events, including a nearly 10 second drop in his 1000 free, and almost 8 more seconds in his 200 breast!
- Jack Yu accomplished personal bests on all but 1 swim, including a huge 11.77 second drop on his 200 breast and a 4.01 second improvement on his 100 breast!
It was an amazing meet by all participants, and now we set our sights on the ultimate team battle, the Northeast Divisional Championships!!!
February 12th, 2018.
Here comes ABSC! Starting this weekend, ABSC’s 14&under swimmers will journey down to Georgia Tech and race the fastest competition from around the state of Georgia! But this year, they’ll face a brand new challenge.
ABSC has enjoyed massive success at the 14&under state meet over the last few years, both in short course and long course! Over the last 4 years, ABSC hadn’t placed lower than 3rd in the medium-sized team division… that is until last summer!
At the long course meet last summer, ABSC moved for the first time into the “Large Team” division at the state meet. By surpassing the 200 swimmer mark, ABSC was reorganized up a level, and had to compete against the largest teams in the state! Despite the new challenge, ABSC still placed 6th in the new division last summer! Now, ABSC swimmers will go at it with the large teams for the first time in Short Course!
Over the Course of the weekend, ABSC will have some key swims to keep an eye on (NOTE** All following data comes from a preliminary psych sheet. A new one with updated times will be posted on Tuesday, so some of this information may change). Below is a list of all swimmers seeded in a scoring position at the meet as of the first round of entries. The top 10 score for 10&under, 11, and 12 year-olds. 13-14 are combined, and top 20 score.
- Jackson Bates is seeded 3rd in both the 100 and 200 breast.
- Eileen Brook is a 5 seed right now in the 50, 100, and 200 backstroke, 9th in the 200 and 400 IM, and 10th in the 500 free.
- Simon Casey is 5th seed for the 1000 free, 7th in the 100 and 200 fly, an 8 seed for the 50 fly, and the 9th seed for the 200 back,
- Olivia Dellatorre is 18th seed in the 200 breast.
- Ella Dillon is seeded 7th in the 50 back and 8th in the 50 breast.
- Parker Fagrell is #2 seed in the 1000 free, the 7th seed in the 50 back and 200 back, and the 200 free, and the 8 seed in the 50 and 100 free.
- Will Foggin is 19th in the 400 IM, and he will be seeded top 10 in the 500 with an updated time from high school state.
- Gavin Jones is 11th in the 500 free, 15th in the 1000 free, 16th in the 400 IM, 20th in the 200 fly and 200 IM.
- Henry Logan is a 9 seed for the 1000 free, 12th in the 200 back, 17th in the 200 free, and 19th in the 100 free.
- Ansley Nunnally is seeded 1st overall in the 50 and 100 fly, and the 200 free, is a 2-seed in the 50, 100, and 500 free, 3rd in the 200 IM, 4th in the 100 IM, 5th in the 50 breast, 50 back and 100 back,
- Ryan Xiao is the #4 seed in the 1000 free, and 9th seed in the 500 free.
- Jack Yu is 7th in the 50 breast and 10th in the 200 fly.
- Karen Zhao comes in at a 6-seed in the 100 free, 9th in the 200 free, 11th in the 200 IM, 12th in the 50 free, 14th in the 500 free, 19th in the 200 breast
- 400 free relays: 13-14 boys seeded 6th, 11-12 girls seeded 7th, 11-12 boys seeded 9th
- 200 free relays: 11-12 girls seeded 7th, 10&under boys seeded 6th.
- 400 Medley Relays: 13-14 Boys seeded 6th, 12&under boys seeded 8th
- 200 Medley Relays: 13-14 boys seeded 8th, 11-12 boys seeded 8th, 10&under girls seeded 7th
Below is a list of all the swimmers competing in individual events for the meet.
- 13-14 Girls: Emma Champer, Jenna Champer, Olivia DellaTorre, Ella Freeman, Emily Schulz, Karen Zhoa
- 13-14 Boys: Julian Attaway, Jackson Bates, Will Foggin, Gavin Jones, Henry Logan, Payton Morrision, McKee Thorsen, James Xiao
- 11-12 Girls: Eileen Broo, Aubree-Clare Flores, Ansley Halbach, Rebecca Pursner, Ginny Thorsen
- 11-12 Boys: Eli Bates, Simon Casey, Parker Fagrell, Ryan Xiao, Jack Yu
- 10&Under Girls and Boys: Ella Dillon, Ansley Nunnally, Kailey Teyner, David Hiss, Luke Phillips, Torin Trotter
Good luck to all of our ABSC swimmers! GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Once again, the Ramsey Center will be the hosting facility for the CCSA collegiate swimming conference championships. You can read more about the combo-conference that rents the pool every year here:
As such, ABSC will need to rearrange our practice schedule this week as we do most years! Here is a group by/group breakdown of how we’ll practice February 12th – 16th! (NOTE — THIS SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. WE WILL NOTIFY ASAP):
- Gups: Unaffected
- Pups: Normal practice Monday. Tuesday and Thursday, 4-5 PM at the YWCO. No practice Friday.
- Superpups: Normal practice Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday, 5:30-7 AM at Ramsey, state qualifiers only. Thursday, 5:30-7 AM at Ramsey, whole group. Friday, 5:30-7@ Ramsey, non-state qualifiers only.
- Dawgs: Normal practice Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday – Friday 5:30-7 AM at Ramsey.
- Senior 2: Monday and Tuesday normal Schedule, Wednesday TBD, Thursday 5:30-7:00 AM at Ramsey.
- Senior 1: Monday and Tuesday normal schedule, Wednesday – Friday 5:15-7:00 AM at Ramsey.
- Masters: Monday – Wednesday, normal schedule. Thursday, 5:30-7:00 AM at Ramsey.
ALSO NOTE*** Our February Deli Dawg night has been pushed back 1 week! It is no longer next Monday, February 12th. It will now be Monday, February 19th due to the wacky schedule next week.
Cherokee Aquatic Center, Jan 27th and Georgia Tech, Feb. 2&3.
For the 2nd consecutive weekend, ABSC has swimmers have put on a show down at a high school state championship meet, effectively putting the whole state on notice!
GHSA State Championships:
ABSC swimmers were all over the place down at Georgia Tech the GHSA State Championship meet, and
The GHSA meet was headlined by state championships from John Morgan McDonald (Sr. – Prince Ave. Christian), Charlie Logan (Jr. – North Oconee), and Karen Zhao (Fr. – North Oconee) of ABSC’s Senior 1 group!
In fact, the format of the meet actually featured Logan and McDonald racing one another in the same heat of finals of the 500 freestyle. McDonald represents Prince Avenue Christian which is in the “1A – 3A” division, while Logan represents North Oconee which competed in the “4A-5A” division.
Logan took first place overall in the event and in his division, with a blazing fast time of 4:35.21. He also finished 2nd overall in the 200 free with a time of 1:40.41, second in the 200 freestyle relay, and 6th overall in the 400 freestyle relay.
McDonald finished first overall in his division for the 500 free with a time of 4:42.72. That swim for McDonald was also the first state championship in the history of the school! It was also another team record for the senior, who already has the majority of Prince Avenue’s records. He also finished 8th overall in the 100 butterfly. He plans to announce his college choice soon.
Only a freshman, Karen Zhao won the 4A – 5A division in the 200 freestyle, finishing in a time of 1:54.69. She also finished 2nd in her division in the 100 free (52.54). Winner her division in the 200 freestyle as a freshman is quite the accomplishment!
Other ABSC finalists in the GHSA meet include:
- Brendan Bowman (Clarke Central): 10th overall 50 free, 15th 100 free.
- Caedmon Churchwell (Clarke Central): 7th overall 200 IM, 9th place 100 back.
- Gunnar Churchwell (Clarke Central): finaled in both relays
- Owen Churchwell (Clarke Central): 2nd Place over all 100 free, 2nd place 100 breast.
- Will Foggin (Clarke Central): 8th overall 500 freestyle
- Grace Lang (Clarke Central): finaled in both relays
- Lucy Yeomans (Clarke Cenral): 10th place overall 100 free, 14th place 100 back.
- Kate Massey (Commerce): 6th overall 200 IM, 5th overall 100 fly.
- Jackson Harvin (Jefferson): 3rd place overall 200 free, 13th overall 200 IM.
- Macy Mullis (Madison County): 3rd place overall 50 free, 2nd place 100 back.
- Lily Courchaine (Morgan County): finaled in both relays
- Samuel Ash (North Oconee): finaled in both relays
- Brynn Halbach (North Oconee): 10th overall 500 free, 12th overall 200 IM
- Siya Kanaan (North Oconee): finaled in 400 free relay
- Henry Logan (North Oconee): 6th overall 500 free
- Dhruv Prakash (North Oconee): 12th overall 100 back
- Felicia Pursner (North Oconee): 14th overall 100 fly, 16th 200 IM
- Erin Osborne (Oconee County): 7th overall 500 free, 6th overall 200 free.
- Lauren Szymanski (Oconee County): finaled in both relays
- Matthew Colquitt (Prince Ave. Christian): 14th place 50 free, 11th place 100 free.
GICAA State Championships:
While most of our swimmers competed in the GHSA championships this past weekend, 2 weekends ago ABSC swimmers from Westminster Christian Academy (Watkinsville) lit up the GICAA high school lower division champs up in Canton at the Cherokee Aquatic Center.
The GICAA division of high school athletics is devised of private christian schools schools statewide. While smaller than GHSA, it still boasts some strong athletes, and it saw ABSC swimmers featuring strongly in it’s championships as well.
Anna Ash headlined the meet for ABSC swimmers, claiming first place overall in the 200 (1:57.27) free and the 100 back (1:00.60). Jackson Bates won a stamp championship of his own in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.91), and took second overall in the 200 IM. Ash is a senior for ABSC, and has been one of the fastest swimmers in the region for a while. Bates, while only a freshman, is an up-and-coming star in the breaststroke events, and has a bright future ahead.
All in all the state championships at all levels proved very kind for ABSC, and once again, our swimmers made their presence felt all over the state!
The next state championship on the horizon is of the USA Swimming variety – the Georgia 14&under state championships! More to come soon!