Dec 7-9, 2018. Athens, Atlanta, Greensboro.
With several Senior 1 swimmers emerging over the last 12 months for ABSC, Coach Martin was able to take a group of 5 swimmers to the Winter Junior National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina!
Coach Stephanie from the Senior 1 group took another bunch of our 15&over swimmers to the Senior State meet at Georgia Tech over the weekend, and the remainder of our staff stayed with the rest of our team here in Athens for the 7th Annual Classic City Quad, which is an annual showdown between ABSC, Aiken-Augusta, Swim Atlanta, and Dynamo.
ABSC responded to it’s split team and split staff by posting crazy fast swims all over the Southeast, with countless personal best times and strong swims leading to some very happy swimmers and coach. Below is a quick recap of some of the key performances from each meet over the weekend.
Junior Nationals – Greensboro, NC
For the first time in years, ABSC was able to bring a group of five Senior 1 swimmers to Winter Junior Nationals. Jackson Harvin, Charlie Logan, Macy Mullis, Ryan Wylie, and Karen Zhao made the trip to Greensboro for the event.
- Jackson Harvin had a breakout meet for the Dawgs in Greensboro, posting huge personal best times in both the 200 free (1:38.93), and the 200 IM (1:48.99). He made finals in both races.
- Charlie Logan made finals in the 400 IM and 200 back, going best times in both. The 400 IM was a blazing fast 3:55.52, and a personal best by almost 5 seconds!
- Macy Mullis raced to a very strong 55.35 in her favorite event, the 100 back, and also brought a lightning-fast 24.70 in the 50 free.
- Distance ace Ryan Wylie swam to two personal bests in both the 500 free (4:33.29) and the 1650 free (15:56.58).
- Karen Zhao sprinted to a personal best in the 50 free (24.62) and swam a very solid 200 and 100 free as well.
Georgia Senior State Champs – Atlanta, Ga
14 other swimmers from the Senior 1 group made it to Senior State meet: Jackson Bates, Caedmon Churchwell, Olivia Dellatorre, Will Foggin, Brynn Halbach, Bean Holloway, Gavin Jones, Siya Kanaan, Ava Kenendy, Henry Logan, Felicia Pursner, Sarah Riley, Emily Schulz, and Lucy Yeomans.
- Sarah Riley paced the group with 64 points scored in the meet, the most by an ABSC swimmer still in our age group swimmer (Natalie Hinds scored 96 for ABSC, but she’s a college grad who swims in our post-grad group). Riley’s highest finish was 4th overall in the 200 butterfly, where she swam to a blazing fast 2:05.84.
- Olivia Dellatorre was next in line with points scored, gaining 38 for ABSC at the meet. Olivia’s highest finish was 3rd overall in the 200 breast, but she also finished 7th in the 100 IM with a super fast time of 59.36!!
- For the boys, Gavin Jones and Will Foggin both found personal best times in every swim except for their last of the weekend! Jones swam to a blazing fast 200 free in 1:46.88 for a 1.5 second best time, and Foggin achieved a 4.55 second improvement in the 200 breast for a 2:18.82 overall time.
Classic City Quad Meet – Athens, Ga
The rest of our team stayed home and competed in our annual mid-season clash with Dynamo, Swim Atlanta, and Aiken-Augusta! To put it plainly, this may have been one of ABSC’s best non-championship meets ever! We achieved 63% personal best time swims, which is a very high number and almost 10% higher than last year at the same meet! With so many swimmers bringing their A-game, we’ll try to pick out a couple from each group who really put on a show.
- Gups Group: Lauren Neace and Kitty Dennison paced the girls in the Gups with three personal best times, and one new event added. Lauren dropped a whopping 16.57 seconds on her 100 IM! For the boys, Eric Li lead the way, swimming both days and achieving huge times drops each day. An impressive 34 second improvement on the 100 breast was his most impressive swim.
- Pups Group: Addie Freeman had a great meet for the Pups girls, going 8-8 personal best times, including a 16-second best time in the 100 free! Robert Chen had an awesome showing for the boys, swimming two events for the first time and dropping time on all 6 of the other events he had swum before, including a 9.59-second drop in the 50 butterfly.
- Superpups Group: Talua Best lead the Superpups girls with an awesome meet, swimming 6 for 6 on personal best times, including an 18.3 second drop in the 200 back, and a 40-second improvement in the 400 IM! Crenshaw Halbach swam to 8-8 best times, including a 21 second drop in the 100 fly, and his first state qualifying time in the 200 freestyle.
- Dawgs Group: Charlotte Foggin paced the Dawg girls with 8-8 best times, including an 11.78-second improvement in the 200 fly and 15 seconds in the 500 free. Harrison Carmack had a crazy meet for the boys, including a 27-second improvement in the 200 IM, and almost one minute, twenty second improvement in the 500 free!!! Ben Hiss also had a great meet, swimming all best times and making state in the 100 breast.
- Senior 2 Group: Madyson Hailey swam great for the girls, adding three new events to her list and dropping almost 8 full seconds in the 100 free! Christian Honeycutt rocked it on the guys side, adding four new events and going best times in his other four, including an 11.37-second improvement in the 200 breast.
- Senior 1: Emily Schulz had a fantastic meet for the girls, going six for six best times and dropping over 11 seconds in her 400 IM! Gunnar Churchwell swam very well for the guys, going 6 for 7 best times and dropping over 5 seconds in the 100 back, getting under 1 minute for the first time.
As you can see, the Dawgs were great this weekend! The good news is, the best is still yet to come! Go Dawgs!