5 Signs ABSC is Looking Great Right Now!

13 Mar

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— Athens, Ga. March 13th, 2019.

With 14&Under state less than a month ago, Senior Sectionals wrapping up this past weekend, and Northeast Divisionals awaiting on our doorstep here in the last weekend in March, it’s certainly an exciting time around ABSC!

ABSC swimmers just seem to continue improving all the time, and needless to say, they don’t plan on slowing down any time soon! It’s always great to be a Bulldog, but since we’re feeling good about things and we’re only a few weeks out of the big meet, we’ve decided to make a “by-the-numbers” list to show why ABSC is on a roll these days.

5 – ABSC’s place at the “Senior Sectionals” meet.

After placing 6th last year, ABSC moved up one spot to finish 5th at Senior Sectionals in Cary, North Carolina this past weekend! Interestingly, our 6th place score from last year was over 100 points less than this year’s 5th place finish, and would have landed us 8th or 9th this year. So even with a more competitive meet this time, the Dawgs moved up!

ABSC was also the smallest team represented in the top 10, and had a very strong point-scoring contribution from both the boy and girl swimmers this year, as the men placed 4th overall and the women finished 5th! Last year, the women did not score.

Three quick highlights included Charlie Logan placing 1st overall in the 200 back, Charlie, Jackson Harvin, and Ryan Wylie going 3rd, 4th, and 5th in the 200 free, and those three boys plus Gavin Jones claiming 2nd overall in the 4×200 freestyle relay.

4 – ABSC swimmers who qualified for the Georgia Open Water Zone Team

Emma Champer, Jenna Champer, Ella Freeman, and Will Foggin have been accepted to swim on the Georgia Open Water Zone Team! That marks an increase of one swimmer from last year, when ABSC placed Jenna Champer, Ansley Halbach, and William Johnson on the team. It’s not often that our Bulldogs get to swim in the Ocean, but if you sail past the coast of Fort Myers, Florida on the weekend of April 13th and 14th, you might see some “Doggy Paddle” if you will.

3 – ABSC swimmers selected to the Georgia Swimming LSC Select Camp

Memorial Day weekend just got a little more interesting for Jenna and Ella (mentioned above), along with McKee Thorsen! These three have been selected to participate in Georgia Swimming’s LSC-wide “Select Camp.” This weekend camp selects the top 16 boys and girls in each 18&U age group

2 – Consecutive Wins for ABSC at the Northeast Divisionals Meet

ABSC will be looking to defend it’s “back-to-back champion” status at the Northeast Divisionals Meet this year, when we once again host the meet! We’re almost 2 weeks out as well, as the meet will take place March 29th – 31st.

Despite our recent success, defending the home pool again will be no small task. We have an EXTREMELY competitive division meet with plenty of very strong clubs and fast swimmers on our doorstep, so claiming the Northeast Georgia crown once again will take everything we’ve got!

Whether or not we win, one thing is for certain – ABSC is going to bring our A-game in terms of racing, team spirit, and fun. Go Dawgs!!!

1 – ABSC’s place at the 14 & Under State Championship in February

As exciting as it was to watch ABSC’s performance at Senior Sectionals, the 14&Under state meet might have proven an even more enjoyable result for the Dawgs. For the first time since moving up out of the medium-sized team Division a couple of years ago, ABSC placed 1st in it’s team-size category at the meet! We finished 5th overall in the state, and finished 1st in the “Large Team” division.

What’s great about our 14&Under swimmers going really fast? They’ll be helping ABSC win a lot of races and meets for years to come.

So you can see there’s awesome stuff happening around here, and we’re excited to round out our 2018-2019 Short Course Season with one more big meet. Go Dawgs!!!

Karumbaiah, Phillips, Pursner Lead ABSC in Pentathlon Meet Success

7 Mar

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March 2nd, 2019. Gainesville, Ga.

Our friends at Lanier Aquatics once again hosted their annual March Pentathlon meet, and ABSC Swimmers did not disappoint!

Swimmers who competed in all 5 events – a 50 of each stroke and a 100 IM – were entered into the Pentathlon Challenge scoring system set up based on the sum of the times of each swimmer’s 5 events. A bonus penalty time was added for DQ events, and if a swimmer didn’t compete in one of the five events, they were removed from the scoring.
ABSC was lead by three swimmers who placed first overall in their age groups, but as you can see below, we had a great showing across the board!
Vidur Karumbaiah cruised to a comfortable win in the 8&Under boys division, pacing the group by roughly 29 seconds! Luke Phillips took care of the boys 10&Under age group, with 5-second margin between himself and the second place competitor.
Rebecca Pursner from the 13-14 girls age group rounded out the first place finishes for ABSC on the day. She actually ended up in an exciting battle with fellow ABSC teammate Addie Hayes, barely holding off Hayes by a grand total of 6-10ths of a second! Pursner and Hayes finished roughly 7 seconds ahead of the 3rd place finisher!
You can find the final Pentathlon Scores Here, and ABSC individual results here!
Here’s a list of all the ABSC Swimmers who placed in the top 10, by age group:
8&Under Girls:
  • Elaina Johnston – 4th
  • Kylie McCormick – 10th
8&&Under Boys:
  • Vidur Karumbaiah – 1st
  • Shepherd Trotter – 4th
9-10 Girls:
  • Callie Rose Hayes – 4th
  • Carson Yeomans – 9th
9-10 Boys:
  • Luke Phillips – 1st
  • Justin Kurgan – 3rd
  • Crenshaw Halbach – 6th
  • Nakul Karumbaiah – 8th
  • Colin Boyle – 9th
11-12 Girls:
  • Addie Freeman – 8th
  • Anna Beth Camden – 10th
11-12 Boys:
  • James Gregory – 9th
13-14 Girls:
  • Rebecca Pursner – 1st
  • Addie Hayes – 2nd
  • Caitlin Harron – 10th
13-14 Boys:
  • Austin Ackerman – 6th
  • TJ Lu – 7th
  • Will Hines – 9th
  • William Johnson – 10th
15&Over Girls:
  • Felicia Pursner – 2nd
  • Katherine Xiao – 7th
  • Bella Lyons – 10th
15&Over Boys:
  • Sam Krosner – 5th

As you can see, ABSC was all over that leader board. Way to rock it, Dawgs! Let’s keep up the good work.

Senior Sectionals Preview - ABSC Looks for Big Meet

7 Mar

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March 7th – 10th, 2019. Cary, NC.

ABSC is taking it’s largest group in years to the Sectionals meet in Cary, North Carolina for the 2019 rendition of the Senior Sectional Short Course Championships.

The Dawgs are looking to build off of a strong showing last year at the Sectionals meet, and another good performance by a smaller group at Junior Nationals back in December.

In 2018, ABSC’s men placed 6th overall at this meet, while only a few women went, and they did not place in finals. Both of those finishes should be trending upward this year, as ABSC is able to fill out both men’s and women’s relays this time (including enough for alternates), and we have some very highly seeded relays and individual events.

Headlining for the Dawgs:

Headlining the meet for ABSC are two of our trusty senior boys, Jackson Harvin (committed to Georgia Tech) and Charlie Logan (Committed to Georgia).

Harvin enters the meet as the number one overall seed in the 200 IM with the only sub-1:50.00 time coming into the meet! He is followed closely by Charlie Logan, who is the #3 overall seed. Harvin is also seeded highly in the 200 free (2nd), 100 fly (6th), 200 fly (5th), 500 free (12th), and 100 free (11th). Should be a big meet for Jackson!

The aforementioned Charlie Logan is also strongly seeded in other events besides his 3rd-rank in the 200 IM. Logan finds himself well-positioned in the 200 free (4th), 100 fly (24th), 200 fly (11th), 100 back (18th), 500 free (2nd), and 200 back (4th).

But it doesn’t stop there for ABSC. 16 year-old Sophomore Ryan Wylie is positioned very well in a couple of events, including the 1650 free (3rd), 200 free (5th), 500 free (5th), and 100 free (22nd). He’s also in the 100 fly, 50 free, and 200 IM.

Relay Seeds:

The highest seeded relay for ABSC prior to the meet is the men’s 4×200 free relay, headlined by Jackson Harvin, Ryan Wylie, and Charlie Logan who are all seeded in the top-5 of the 200 free individually.

It’s also exciting that we can now field a women’s relay in every single relay, unlike last year! ABSC’s other relays have the following seed positions heading into the meet:

  • Women’s 4×200 free: 13th seed
  • Women’s 4×100 free:18th seed
  • Men’s 4×100 free: 6th seed
  • Women’s 4×100 Medley: 21st seed
  • Men’s 4×100 Medley: 17th seed

Other Individual Swims:

Finally to round out our preview, here is a list of ABSC’s other individual swims. Swimmers cracking the top-30 in seed placing will have their seed annotated.

  • Jackson Bates: 200 breast (20th), 100 breast (27th), 200 IM
  • Olivia DellaTorre: 100 breast (21st), 200 breast (21st), 200 IM (25th), 200 fly (30th), 100 fly
  • Ella Freeman: 100 breast (14th), 200 breast (14th), 200 free, 100 free, 200 IM
  • Gavin Jones: 200 free, 400 IM, 100 back, 500 free, 100 free, 200 back, 1650 free
  • Henry Logan: 500 free (28th), 1000 free, 100 back, 200 back.
  • Macy Mullis: 100 back (7th), 200 back, 100 fly, 50 free, 100 free
  • Sarah Riley: 200 fly (16th), 200 free (27th), 100 fly, 500 free, 100 free, 200 IM
  • Lucy Yeomans: 100 free (28th), 200 free (28th), 400 IM, 50 free, 200 IM, 500 free
  • Karen Zhao: 100 free (13th), 200 free (17th), 400 IM (29th), 50 free, 200 IM.

As you can see, it’s going to be a great meet for the Dawgs! We’ll keep you updated as the weekend goes on! Go Dawgs!

 

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