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March 29th – 31st, Athens, Ga.
Just like always, the Dawgs faced stiff competition from our competitors from the rest of Northeast Georgia. They swam hard and brought some great effort to the meet, but in the end the Dawgs still managed to pull out the victory.
Of all the teams in the meet, ABSC accomplished the highest percentage of personal best time swims, and astounding (65%)!!! We had countless finals swims, relay victories, new qualifying times and even team records.
The medal count was exciting to look at, as ABSC placed first in 50 events, second in 39, and third in 42 events, for a grand total of 131 medals! The second place team had 90.
Our relays stood out in particular, as we placed first overall in 10 out of our 22 relays!! We placed first or second in 18 out of 20, with the other two being a third place finish, and a DQ.
Here is a list of some of those accomplishments below, along with a list of our team high-point winners for each age group:
Relay Medal Finishes
- Boys 8&U free relay – Shepherd Trotter, Patrick Coverdill, Jack Kirkland, Vidur Karumbiah
- Boys 8&U medley relay – Patrick Coverdill, Vidur Karumbiah, Jack Kirkland, Shepherd Trotter
- Girls 10&U medley relay – Vianney Balber, Riley Harding, Shirly Wang, Sophia Clifton
- Girls 11-12 free relay – Ella Dillon, Aubree-Clare Flores, Charlotte Foggin, Ansley Nunnally
- Girls 13-14 free relay – Lauren Massey, Jenna Champer, Ginny Thorsen, Ella Freeman
- Girls 13-14 medley relay – Emma Champer, Lauren Massey, Jenna Champer, Ella Freeman
- Boys 13-14 free relay – James Xiao, Ben Hiss, Simon Casey, Daniel Huang
- Boys 13-14 medley relay – James Xiao, Ben Hiss, McKee Thorsen, Daniel Huang
- Girls 15&O free relay – Lucy Yeomans, Macy Mullis Olivia DellaTorre, Karen Zhao
- Girls 15&O medley relay – Macy Mullis, Olivia DellaTorre, Sarah Riley, Karen Zhao
- Girls 8&U free relay – Lizzie Dillon, Sage Dennison, Noa Brown, Kayden Hudson
- Girls 8&U medley relay – Noa Brown, Kayden Hudson, Lizzie Dillon, Sage Dennison
- Girls 9-10 free relay – Riley Harding, Shirly Wang, Vianney Balber, Sophia Clifton
- Boys 9-10 free relay – Torin Trotter, Nakul Karumbaiah, Crenshaw Halbach, Justin Kurgan
- Girls 11-12 medley relay – Ansley Nunnally, Kailey Teyner, Aubree-Clare Flores, Ella Dillon
- Boys 11-12 free relay – Jack Yu, Ryan Xiao, Luke Phillips Parker Fagrell
- Boys 11-12 medley relay – Parker Fagrell, Jack Yu, Luke Phillips, Ryan Xiao
- Boys 15&O free relay – Gavin Jones, Ryan Wylie, Jackson Harvin, Philip Goeckel
- Girls 15&O free B relay – Ava Kennedy, Emily Schulz, Brynn Halbach, Sarah Riley
- Girls 15&O medley B relay – Brynn Halbach, Lucy Yeomans, Emily Schulz, Ava Kennedy
- boys 15&O medley – Gavin Jones, Jackson Harvin, Philip Goeckel, Ryan Wylie
ABSC Team Records
- Jack Yu: Boys 11-12 100 breast with a new team record of 1:09.43
- Jack Yu: Boys 11-12 100 IM with a new team record of 1:01.21
- James Xiao: Boys 13-14 50 free with a new team record of 22.41
ABSC Highest Point Scorers by Age (1st, 2nd, 3rd respectively, each group)
- 8 & Under Girls: Kayden Sheridan, Lizzie Dillon, Noa Brown
- 8 & Under Boys: Vidur Karumbaiah, Patrick Coverdill, Shepherd Trotter
- 9-10 Girls: Shirly Wang, Riley Harding, Vianney Balber
- 9-10 Boys: Torin Trotter, Justin Kurgan, Crenshaw Halbach
- 11-12 Girls: Ansley Nunnaly, Ella Dillon, Aubree-Clare Flores
- 11-12 Boys: Jack Yu, Parker Fagrell, Ryan Xiao
- 13-14 Girls: Jenna Champer, Emma Champer, Lauren Massey
- 13-14 Boys: James Xiao, Daniel Huang, Ben Hiss
- 15 & Over Girls: Olivia Dellatorre, Sarah Riley, Karen Zhao
- 15 & Over Boys: Ryan Wylie, Jackson Harvin, Gavin Jones
As you can see it was an awesome meet for ABSC, and we had a great time securing our third consecutive Divisionals Championship! Go Dawgs!
Our Next Term, the Spring/Summer Term is upon us! Read below and follow the links for key dates, Spring/Summer Term pricing, and practices schedules.
- Winter term ends Friday, April 5th.
- Spring/Summer term begins Monday, April 8th
- Spring portion of Spring/Summer term ends Friday, May 17th (Pups, Supers, Senior 2 Only)
- Full Spring/Summer term Thursday, July 25th.
The Spring portion of the Spring/Summer term (April 8th – May 17th) will proceed with the same practice schedule we’ve had all year. I.e. we’ll keep the same schedule until school lets out for most of the area schools on May 17th.
From May 20th onward, we’ll switch to our TENTATIVE summer schedule, which can be found here! KEEP IN MIND THIS SUMMER SCHEDULE IS CURRENTLY STILL SUBJECT TO CHANGE!
Spring/Summer Term Pricing can be found here.
— 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!!!
March 2nd, 2019. Gainesville, Ga.
Our friends at Lanier Aquatics once again hosted their annual March Pentathlon meet, and ABSC Swimmers did not disappoint!
- Elaina Johnston – 4th
- Kylie McCormick – 10th
- Vidur Karumbaiah – 1st
- Shepherd Trotter – 4th
- Callie Rose Hayes – 4th
- Carson Yeomans – 9th
- Luke Phillips – 1st
- Justin Kurgan – 3rd
- Crenshaw Halbach – 6th
- Nakul Karumbaiah – 8th
- Colin Boyle – 9th
- Addie Freeman – 8th
- Anna Beth Camden – 10th
- James Gregory – 9th
- Rebecca Pursner – 1st
- Addie Hayes – 2nd
- Caitlin Harron – 10th
- Austin Ackerman – 6th
- TJ Lu – 7th
- Will Hines – 9th
- William Johnson – 10th
- Felicia Pursner – 2nd
- Katherine Xiao – 7th
- Bella Lyons – 10th
- 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.
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.
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!
Georgia Tech, Feb. 9-10, 2019.
The 2018-2019 high school swim season is in the books after the conclusion of the season with the GHSA State Championship meet, February 9th and 10th at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Karen Zhao defended her state title performance this year as a sophomore in the 200 freestyle, after winning the same event in 2018 as a freshman for North Oconee High School.
While the ABSC swimmers were competing for their respective school teams over the weekend, the GHSA State Championships is a USA Swimming sanctioned meet, and our ABSC swimmers certainly made both their school teams and their club team here at ABSC very proud. *Note: All schools with ABSC swimmers competing participated in the 5A& below school size classification for GHSA.
Karen’s 200 free victory swim was clocked at 1:52.30 (though she had been 1:51.75 in prelims). This however, was two full seconds faster than her time from 2018 (and almost three seconds for the 1:51.) Zhao also brought home a silver medal in the 100 freestyle, lighting up a 51.55 time in the event. Her 200 free relay placed 7th and her 400 free relay placed 8th for North Oconee.
Jackson Harvin was ABSC’s other state champion on the weekend, placing first in the 200 IM for Jefferson High School in a time of 1:52.62 (1:51.03 in prelims). Harvin also picked up a silver medal in the 100 breaststroke, and swam a new best time of 57.87! Jackson will be a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket next year, so he swam in his home pool.
Oconee High School received an awesome performance from freshman sensations Olivia DellaTorre and Ella Freeman. DellaTorre placed second in 1:05.55 and Freeman came in 3rd, exactly eleven 100ths of a second later in 1:05.66. With both girls only in their first year of high school, Oconee has an amazingly bright future in the women’s breaststroke.
Other podium performances included:
ABSC teammates Charlie Logan (North Oconee) and Ryan Wylie (Oconee) swapped bronze and silver medal finishes in the 200 free and 500 free, with Logan placing higher in the 200 and Wylie in the 500. The UGA-bound senior Logan had a great performance against the up-and-coming sophomore Wylie.
Lucy Yeomans of Clarke Central moved up big time to place 3rd for the gladiators in the 200 freestyle, with a new best time of 1:53.41.
Along with her breaststroke race, Olivia Dellatorre placed 3rd overall in the 200 IM, with a new best time of 2:07.68.
Macy Mullis of Madison County High School placed 3rd in the 100 backstroke, going 56.03 and serving as the only swimmer from her school represented at the state meet! She’s bringing a bronze medal back to Madison County!
Other ABSC Individual Swimmers of Note:
- Wesley Cline of Athens Academy: 10th place in the 100 fly (53:08), 10th place 100 breast (1:00.13).
- Ava Kennedy of Athens Academy: 5th place 50 free (24.30), 8th place 100 free (54.60)
- Gunnar Churchwell of Clarke Central: 14th place 100 back (1:00.12).
- Will Foggin of Clarke Central: 13th place 200 IM (2:02.49), 6th place 500 free (4:52.36).
- Lucy Yeomans of Clarke Central: 4th place 100 free (52.84) to go along with her podium finish in the 200 free written about above.
- Macy Mullis of Madison County: 4th place 50 free (24.35) to go along with her podium 100 back from earlier.
- Brynn Halbach of North Oconee: 7th place 200 IM (2:13.11), 9th place 100 back (59.54)
- Gavin Jones of North Oconee: 5th place 200 free (1:46.88), 9th place 500 free (5:51.15)
- Henry Logan of North Oconee: 4th place 500 free (4:41.97), 4th place 100 back (53.37).
- Felicia Pursner of North Oconee: 10th place 200 free (1:59.38), 12th place 100 free (55.43).
- Ella Freeman of Oconee County: 9th place 200 free (1:58.82), to go along with her podium 100 breast.
As you can see, it was quite a weekend for the ABSC Dawgs in the pool representing their high school teams. When you train with us, you can expect great things to happen. Go Dawgs!!!
February 19th – 22nd, 2019.
With the 2019 SEC Championship Meet taking place at the Ramsey Center, ABSC’s practice schedule will be a little different Feb.19th-22nd. Read below to see your group’s schedule during that week. Things will be back to normal the following week!
Gups: Normal practice Monday and Wednesday, no practice Friday.
Pups: Normal practice Monday, no practice Wednesday, practice at the YWCO on Friday from 5-6 PM.
Superpups: Normal practice Monday, no practice Tuesday or Thursday, practice at Ramsey from 5:15-6:30 AM on Wednesday and Friday.
Dawgs: Normal practice Monday, practice from 5:15-6:30 AM at Ramsey Tuesday – Friday. **5:15-7:00 AM on Thursday**
Senior 2: Normal practice Monday, no practice Tuesday or Thursday, practice at Ramsey from 5:15-6:30 AM on Wednesday and Friday.
Senior 1: Normal practice Monday, practice from 5:15-6:30 AM at Ramsey Tuesday-Friday. **5:15-7:00 AM on Thursday**
Masters: Normal practice Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday. 5:15-6:30 AM at Ramsey on Tuesday, 5:15-7:00 AM at Ramsey on Thursday.
Thanks everyone, and GOOO DAWGS!!! (Both the ABSC and UGA variety).
Athens Ga — 2/1/2019
As the high school swimming down for the 2018/2019 season, the schools from the Athens/Oconee area came together for their annual area championship. Once again, ABSC swimmers impressed, with names to be found all over the leader boards!
Oconee High School came out victorious on the boys side, while North Oconee finished ahead in the ladies division. North Oconee came away with the overall victory, with a grand total of 370.5 points. Oconee County finished second, and Clarke Central, Athens Academy, Cedar Shoals, and Prince Avenue finished out the scoring in that order.
Below is a list of ABSC Swimmers and their accomplishments for each school! It was an awesome show.
- Wesley Cline: 3rd in the 100 fly, 2nd in the 100 breast. Both best times, and both state qualifying times
- Daniel Huang: 4th in the 200 free, 4th in the 100 fly. The 200 free was a state time
- Colton Kennedy: 6th in the 50 free, 7th in the 100 fly.
- Trent Dennison: 12th in the 50 free, 8th in the 100 back.
- Anna Schmidt: 10th in the 100 free, 5th in the 100 back
Clarke Central High School
- Connor Allen: 7th in both the 200 IM and 500 free
- Harrison Carmack: 9th in the 200 IM, 10th in the 100 breast
- Gunnar Churchwell: 7th in the 200 free, 5th in the 100 back
- Anna Demarco: 7th in the 200 IM, 16th in the 100 free
- Bella Demarco: 14th in the 100 free, 9th in the 500 free
- Will Foggin: 2nd in the 200 free, 5th in the 100 fly. 200 free was a state qualifying time.
- Lauren Haines: 9th in the 200 free and 100 fly
- Gretchen Hinger: 8th in the 50 free, 3rd in the 500 free
- Ben Hiss: 5th in the 200 IM, 4th in the 100 breast. The 100 breast was a state qualifying time.
- Lucy Yeomans: 1st in the 100 fly, 3rd in the 200 IM. Both were state qualifying times
- Makenna Engels: 3rd in the 100 fly, 2nd in the 100 back. The fly was a state time.
- Brynn Halbach: 2nd in the 200 IM and 100 breast. The 200 IM was a state qualifying time
- Gavin Jones: 1st in both the 200 IM and 100 back. Both were state times.
- Siya Kanaan: 2nd in the 100 fly, 5th in the 200 free. The fly was a state time
- Sam Krosner: 3rd in the 200 IM, 2nd in the 500 free. The IM was a state time.
- Aidan Landrum: 4th in the 500 free, 8th in the 200 free.
- Henry Logan: 3rd in the 200 free, 2nd in the 100 back. Both were state times.
- Charlie Logan: 1st in both the 100 fly and 100 breast. Both were state times.
- Bella Lyons: 5th in the 100 fly, 8th in the 100 free.
- Simone Phillips: 18th in the 100 free, 10th in the 100 breast
- Felicia Pursner: 1st in the 100 free, second in the 200 free. Both were state times.
- Katherine Xiao: 4th in the 200 IM, 3rd in the 100 breast
- Karen Zhao: 1st in the 50 free and 500 free. Both were state times.
- Olivia DellaTorre: 1st in the 200 IM and 100 breast. Both were state times
- Will Donaldson: 11th in the 200 free, 12th in the 100 breast
- Ella Freeman: 1st in the 200 free, 2nd in the 500 free. Both were state times.
- Erin Leonard: 4th in the 100 fly, 6th in the 100 back
- Ryan Wylie: 1st in the 200 free and 500 free. Both were state times
- Maddy Wilson: 10th in the 50 free, 6th in the 100 breast.
I hope you’re hungry!
Continuing our monthly tradition, ABSC families can get ready to throw down on some good grub again soon at our local Jason’s Deli here in 2019! Dates may move around, but the tradition continues. Below, you’ll the remaining dates for our Winter/Spring 2019 Deli Dawg team dinners.
- January: Monday the 28th
- February: Monday the 25th
- March: Monday the 18th
- April: Monday the 15h
So you’re up to speed, here is a working list of the swimmers that we’ve honored as our
“Deli Dawg” swimmers of the month so far!
Sept: Jack Kirkland (Gups), Carson Yeomans (Pups), Sierra Pape (Superpups), Anna Claire Adolphson (Dawgs), Brandon Hailey (Senior 2), Gavin Jones (Senior 1).
Oct: Reagan Gilmore (Gups), Charlie Graff (Pups), Martha Kyle Bates (Superpups), Austin Ackerman (Dawgs), Lauren Haines (Senior 2), Will Foggin (Senior 1).
Nov: Patrick Coverdill (Gups), Kayden Hudson (Pups), Parker Fagrell (Superpups), Charlotte Foggin (Dawgs), Aisha Schulz (Senior 2), Macy Mullis (Senior 1).
Dec: Nora Schindler (Gups), Vidur Karumbaiah (Pups), Jack Yu (Superpups), Ben Hiss (Dawgs), Christian Honeycutt (Senior 2), Jackson Harvin (Senior 1).
GO DAWGS! Let’s Eat!
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!