ABSC Swimmers Proudly Represent "Team Georgia" at Zones
Four the 4th consecutive year, ABSC was able to send a group of all-star swimmers from our club to represent Team Georgia as members of the 2019 Georgia Zone Team.
Taking on the fastest 11-18 year-old swimmers from around the Southern Zone, Team Georgia made sure it raced hard over the course of 5 days of competitive swimming. They were lead by the likes of ABSC’s own Jackson Bates, Ella Freeman, Gavin Jones, and Henry Logan who put together some great performances.
Team Georgia finished third overall out of the 15 LSC’s in the Southern Zone, behind only Florida Swimming, and host LSC North Carolina Swimming. The ABSC Swimmers, in particular had a great showing!
Gavin Jones set the tone for strong ABSC representation before the meet even started, as the rising Sophomore was named one of the Team Captains for Georgia Swimming! We’ve been flooded with positive commentary from the coaching staff on the trip about Gavin’s role as a leader on the team, and his performance in the water didn’t disappoint either. Gavin represented Team Georgia’s strongest backstroke swimming for the 15-18 age group, leading off as the backstroke on both the mixed 15-18 medley relay that placed 2nd overall, and the men’s 200 medley relay which also finished 2nd.
In individual events, Gavin’s highest finish was 4th overall in the 200 backstroke, with a time of 2:12.84. He also placed 9th in the 100 back and 400 free, and 10th in the 200 free and 400 IM. His other relay swims were the 200 free relay (3rd place) and the 400 free relay (2nd).
Jackson Bates proved to be the breaststroke king of the Southern Zone on the weekend, as he had extraordinary swims for Team Georgia, finishing 1st overall in both the 100 (1:07.30) and 200 (2:22.26) breast. Both swims were personal best time efforts for Jackson, and the 200 breaststroke time was Jackson’s first U.S. Open qualifying time, besting his previous time when he had qualified for Winter Junior Nationals the week before at Senior State.
Ella Freeman was ABSC’s only swimmer in the 13-14 age group, and she did not disappoint either, placing all over the top 8 over the course of the week. Like Jackson, Ella excels at breaststroke, and she put her skills on full display placing 2nd in the 200 breast (2:40.73) and 4th in the 100 breast (1:16.28). Along with her breaststroke success, Ella’s tied for her highest finish in the 200 IM, placing 2nd overall in a time of 2:26.53. She finished 8th in the 400 free. On relays, Ella placed 8th on the mixed medley relay, 6th on the all girls 400 medley, 6th on the 400 free, and 3rd on the 200 medley relays.
Henry Logan provided a strong performance in his first zone-team experience as well, putting his distance freestyle and backstroke talents on display for Team Georgia. Henry dropped a whopping 34.84 seconds in his 1500 freestyle, moving all the way up to finish 8th overall. He also improved his personal best by 3 seconds in the 400 free (4:20.69) to finish 7th, and he finished 8th overall in the 200 back. He also dropped his 100 free time by nearly 3 seconds (57.50)
Congratulations to all four of our ABSC swimmers who represented Team Georgia. Once again, you’ve made us all proud. We know this is only the beginning for this Fab Four, and we can’t wait to see all that they accomplish. Go Dawgs!