As Easy as 'ABSC' - Dawgs Put on a Show at High School State Meets
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!