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- The first Fall Session, Fall Splash Session 1, has been cancelled due to logistical hurdles created by COVID.
- We ARE still planning our Fall Splash Session 2 clinic! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 13th, and we will let you know if that changes. As we get into Setpember, we’ll begin opening up registration!
- If you signed up for the Summer Tune-up Session 2 clinic last spring, and chose to roll over your fees to a future session, you can still do that for Session 2 in October, OR you can apply your $150/$175 to your fees for one of ABSC’s competitive groups
- ABSC is rolling out a simplified billing structure for this Fall, which will include the option to pay monthly rather than a whole semester at a time! We are very close to publishing the fee rates and details, so keep your eye on the ABSC website and I’ll keep you posted.
ABSC will be working with Augusta Swim Supply for the 2019/2020 season, and our Team Suits have been picked! They are made from Speedo’s high end “endurance” suit material, meaning they’re suits you can practice and race in, and they’ll hold up well over the time with proper care!
We also have a list of required equipment for each practice group listed, a picture of the basic team cap, and plenty of goggles, warm-up jackets and pants, goggles, and more that you might want or need!
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!
The 2019 fall term is around the corner, and with it comes the return of short course season! As usual, ABSC will be kicking off it’s registration blitz for the fall term with it’s annual Open Dawghouse stroke clinic event. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 17th at the UGA Ramsey Center’s Gabrielsen Natatorium from 5 – 6:30 PM.
The 2019 Open Dawghouse will once again consist of a free breaststroke and butterfly stroke clinic for 18&Under swimmers from the ABSC coaching staff, and for the first time will feature a guest appearance! After the clinic, swimmers will have a chance to get pictures and autographs with 2016 Rio Olympic Gold Medalist, and former UGA Swimmer from Atlanta, Gunnar Bentz!
Registration will take place entirely online. To sign up, click here! This event is open to swimmers aged 6-17 with lessons or competitive swimming experience, who can can swim more than one lap of freestyle and backstroke consecutively.
The schedule for the event will be as follows:
- 4:50-5:00. Arrival and Check-in.
- 5:00. Begin stroke clinic
- 5:45. Diving board jumps/hot tub for swimmers
- 6:00 – 6:30. Meet and greet with Gunnar Bentz
We hope to see you at our Dawghouse!
April 29th, 2019 — Athens Academy, Athens, Ga.
Each year over the last five years, ABSC has continually increased it’s success in the pool and it’s position on a national level. Just when it seemed like things might level off a bit for us in the 2019/2019 season, ABSC came through again with it’s best year yet!
This past Monday, April 29th, ABSC had the chance to celebrate our successes of the past season, present our individual award winners from each practice group, and honor 10 awesome graduating Seniors who are moving on from our club.
Below you will find a list of these accomplishments and award winners. Also, thanks to Paige Kennedy for serving as our photographer this season and putting together the slideshows. You can find our shutterfly page here with pictures from the intro slideshow, and the our senior slideshow will be posted right here soon.
Team Accomplishments from the 2018 long course season and 2018/2019 short course season
- 1st place in the large team division at 14 & Under state in February
- 5 swimmers participated at Winter Junior Nationals
- 4 swimmers invited to the Georgia Swimming LSC Select Camp
- 4 swimmers invited to the Open Water Zone Team
- 2 swimmers invited to the Long Course Georgia Zone Team
- 12 swimmers participated in the Senior Sectionals meet
- 5th place overall finish at Senior Sectionals
- And most importantly – our favorite accomplishment of all – our third consecutive championship victory in Georgia’s Northeastern Division.
Individual and Relay Team Records
1. Long Course 2018 Individual Records
- Vianney Balber 8&Under 400 free
- Ansley Nunnally 9-10 50 free, 50 back, 100 back
- Karen Zhao 13-14 100 and 200 free
2. Long Course 2018 Relay Records
- 13-14 Girls 400 Free Relay (Olivia Dellatorre, Ella Freeman, Jenna Champer, Karen Zhao)
- 13-14 Girls 200 Medley Relay (Jenna Champer, Ella Freeman, Olivia Dellatorre, Karen Zhao)
- 13-14 Boys 200 and 400 Free Relays (Gavin Jones, Will Foggin, Sam Krosner, Daniel Huang)
- 13-14 Boys 200 Medley Relay (Gavin Jones, Will Foggin, McKee Thorsen, Daniel Huang)
3. Short Course 2018/2019 Individual Records
- Parker Fagrell (11-12 50 Back)
- Jack Yu (11-12 100 Breast, 200 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 Fly, 100 IM)
- James Xiao (13-14 50 Free)
- Ryan Wylie (15 & Over 1650 Free)
- Charlie Logan (15 & Over 100 Back and 400 IM)
- Jackson Harvin (15 & Over 200 IM)
4. Short Course 2018/2019 Relay Records
- Girls 15 & Over 800 Free Relay (Sarah Riley, Ella Freeman, Karen Zhao, Lucy
- Boys 15&Over 400 and 800 Free Relays (Charlie Logan, Ryan Wylie, Jackson Harvin, Gavin Jones)
Performance, Most Improved, and Coaches’ Award Winners for Each Group
- Gups: Lauren Neace and Patrick Coverdill (Performance), Elaina Johnston and Kevin Joy (Most Improved), Addie Savage and Lyle Armel (Coaches’ Award)
- Pups: Riley Harding and Vidur Karumbaiah (Performance), Carson Yeomans and Blake Hall (Most Improved), Will Nunnally and Janie Ripps (Coaches)
- Superpups: Ansley Nunnally and Jack Yu (Performance), Kailey Teyner and TJ Lu (Most Improved), Vianney Balber and Luke Phillips (Coaches’)
- Dawgs: Ella Freeman and James Xiao (Performance), Charlotte Foggin and Daniel Huang (Most Improved), Emma Champer and Sam Krosner (Coaches’)
- Senior 2: Addie Hayes (Performance), Lincoln Spear (Most Improved), Bella Lyons (Coaches’)
- Senior 1: Charlie Logan (Performance), Will Foggin (Most Improved), Emily Schulz (Coaches)
Paige Wilson Award:
The Paige Wilson awards is presented in honor of former ABSC star swimmer Paige Wilson, who went on to achieve great success swimming for the University of Georgia. Paige was famous for demonstrating leadership amongst her peers and showing great character in the face of adversity. This award is presented to a Senior 1 swimmer and is voted upon by the swimmers of the Senior 1 group. This year’s award winner was Lucy Yeomans! Thanks for showing great character and leadership Lucy, and congrats!
It was an amazing season for ABSC. Thank for being a part of it, and we can’t wait to see what our next season will hold.
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!