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Athens — Mid-September
Our new season is underway, and with that comes our first meet week of the season! ABSC’s annual Red & Black meet, a team favorite, is about 2 weeks away! As such, here’s some info for the meet, and how you sign up!
Meet Details: ABSC’s Red & Black Intrasquad Meet
This is a full – team meet. We expect EVERY swimmer to participate. If you’re unable to attend, please discuss with your group coach. Again, attendance is expected. We expect attendance at 3 main meets: The Red&Black, The Classic City Quad, and the Northeast Divisional Championships. Here are some more details:
- Thursday, September 27th. Warmup at 5:00 PM, Meet begins at 5:40 PM.
- Team will be divided in two, with a Red squad facing off against a Black squad. Coaches and swimmers will divide, and try to conquer.
- Meet will be done around 8 PM, give or take a few minutes.
Big Dawg/ Little Dawg Pairings
Every swimmer aged 10 or younger will be paired with a 13&older swimmer who will serve as their mentor for the meet! Big Dawgs are expected to help, encourage, and support Little Dawgs during the meet. They will be instructed on how to do this!
- Returning 11-12 year-old swimmers will be assigned to either help a Big Dawg, or to serve as a peer-support buddy of a new 11-12 year-old swimmer on the team.
- In some instances, a Big Dawg may have two Little Dawg buddies, and vice versa
We had great success with this last fall, and will employ it for our first couple of meets again this fall.
This season’s meet will be more of the sprint variety! The following events will be offered:
- One swim of each stroke: 25s for 8&Under, 50s for every other age group
- A 200 IM: 10&Under, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-18
- A 4×25 (100 yard) freestyle relay for 8&under, 4×50 (200 yard) freestyle relay for all other age groups.
- Red & Black Caps. Every participating swimmer in the meet will receive a Red or Black ABSC cap depending on their team, and they will be expected to wear it.
- Coaches will dress up in their teams colors wearing goofy outfits. Swimmers are also expected to wear either Red or Black clothing, and spirit wear of the excessive/goofy variety is very much encouraged.
How to Sign Up:
To sign up for meets with ABSC, you simply fill out a google form when we provide it letting us know your intentions. Note*** YOU WILL NOT BE PLACED IN THE MEET UNLESS YOU SIGN UP*** Sign up here: Meet Sign-up Form.
Go Dawgs! Let’s kick off another great season!
— Athens Ga, Fall 2018 —
It’s about that time, Folks! Find that swim bag that’s been hiding in the corner of the closet the past few weeks, or even months. Snatch those goggles up and clean out their lenses, loosen up their straps, and give them a test wear. Pull apart the edges of your crinkled swim caps and stretch them out. Swim season is coming!
We’ve got great things in store this season around ABSC, and we can’t wait to get our swimmers back in the pool. We believe swimming is a sport that develops the whole child – mind, body, and spirit – and you can believe that we’ll be teaching those lessons and pushing our swimmers to be the best they can be once again in 2018!
Here’s several helpful notes and links for you as we get ready for the upcoming season!
Practice Starting Back Up
- Senior 1, Senior 2, and Dawgs get back in the water this Tuesday, September 4th! (NOTE*** SENIOR 2 PRACTICING AT 5:30 THIS FIRST WEEK of SEPT 4TH)
- Gups, Pups, and Superpups start up on Monday, September 10th!
- Check out our Master Calendar here!
New Family Orientation
Thursday, September 6th at 5:30 PM at the Ramsey Center for all groups, including Gups! If you’re brand new to the team, or have joined since last year’s orientation, come on out and meet the coaches, hear about our program, and ask questions about our team!
Equipment and Outfitting: Check out the team store here!
Did you know each practice group has required equipment?
- Gups: Fins and Kickboard
- Pups: Fins and Kickboard
- Superpups: Fins, Kickboard, and Pull Bouy
- Dawgs: Fins, Kickboard, Pull Buoy, and Paddles, and Snorkel
- Senior 2: Fins, Kickboard, Pull Buoy, and Paddles
- Senior 1: Fins, Kickboard, Pull Buoy, and Paddles, and Snorkel
Did you know wearing an ABSC cap at meets is required? All new swimmers get a free, white, ABSC latex cap. You can also order a custom silicon cap with your last name on it, or purchase a plain silicon or latex cap if you’re a returning swimmer.
Did you know know we have a team suit? Team suit is not required but encouraged, and last year’s swimmers can wear last year’s suit as it has changed.
Swim Meets Coming Up!
- You can find our meet schedule all season long at the Schedule and Information page, along with pre-meet info, results, and more!
- Our first meet, the Red & Black meet, is coming up on September 27th! Mark your calendar.
- Other meet questions? Check out Swim Meet 101 for more!
Other Useful Notes and Links:
- Club Membership Parent Packet! Make sure you’ve given it a glance and our up to speed on what you can expect at ABSC. Remember volunteering is expected at all meets your swimmer competes in!
- Coaching Staff. Lead Group Coaches are in place for the 2018 Season!
- Gups: Hannah Scarbrough
- Pups: Emma Lowring
- Superpups: Mike Radford
- Dawgs: Jonathan Foggin
- Senior 2: Mike Radford
- Senior 1: Martin Grodzki
- Stroke Clinic Series: Kat Blanchard
- Masters: Craig Page
It’s gonna be a great season!
Summer is always a wild time here at ABSC, and with so much happening in our short summer months, we wanted to take a minute and catch you up to speed on everything going on! One thing is certain – the team looks as good as ever!
1. Olympians Coming to Town this Weekend
The 2018 Bulldog Grand Slam is taking place in Athens this weekend, July 5th – 7th 2018, and some of the top talent from around the Southeast will be in attendance! The last time ABSC hosted this meet, it was headlined by Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte! And while we won’t see the retired Phelps walking through the door this weekend, we will see several other Olympic greats, including Gold Medalist Missy Franklin!
Make sure to check out our Hosted Meets page for results, meet info, and more, and come on out to watch a session. Go Dawgs!
2. Open Dawghouse Event July 18th!
Do you know someone who would be a great fit to join our team? On Wednesday, July 18th, ABSC will be hosting it’s 2018 Open Dawghouse event at 10:45 AM at the Ramsey Center! Swimmers can come for FREE and enjoy a stroke clinic with ABSC coaches, learn more about our program, and jump off the diving boards! So if you can picture that person who’d be a great Bulldog, share this event with them! Click here to sign up!
3. ABSC Looking Great on the Open Water Scene
ABSC is continuing to explore the world of Open Water swimming, and has found a good bit of success this summer in that realm! It all started back in early June when William Johnson, Ansley Halbach, and Jenna Champer from ABSC were selected to be members of the Georgia Swimming Open Water Zone Team! William placed 16th in the 11-12 boys 3K swim, Ansley finished 5th in her 11-12 girls the 3K swim, and Jenna rolled in at 17th in the 13-14 girls 5k swim. Team Georgia placed fourth overall at the event.
A couple of weeks later, ABSC sent a group of about 20 kids up to the Clemson Death Valley Open water meet on Lake Hartwell, and had a fantastic showing at that event! Gavin Jones, Will Foggin, and Daniel Huang placed 1-3 in the men’s 13-14 5K race, and Charlie Logan, Ryan Wylie, Henry Logan, and Bean Holloway placed 1-4 in the 15-18 5K. Likewise on the girls side Jenna Champer, Karen Zhao, and Emma Champer placed 1-3 in the women’s 13-14 5k! Other winners included: Brynn Halbach – women’s 15-18 5k, Simon Casey, Men’s 13-14 3K, 1k, and .5k, and Jenna Champer in the 3K and 1k, and .5K.
4. Success in Greenville! Dawgs Impressive in South Carolina
This summer we’ve had one of our more interesting meet schedules in recent years, with unique trips to Macon, Emory University, and Greenville, South Carolina! The Greenville meet, which was our most recent meet (June 22nd – 24th) ended up one of our most successful of the summer! Maybe it was the nice pool with good water depth, maybe it was more long course practices under our belts, or maybe it was just the challenge or racing in another state! Whatever it was, the Dawgs looked great. Click here for results.
Gavin Jones and Lucy Yeomans of the Senior 1 group had outstanding meets for ABSC, the former going all best times and winning the 13&over 800 free as a 14-year-old, and the latter also going all best times, and picking up several Senior State cuts! Ansley Nunnally from the Superpups group also picked up a team record in the 10&Under 50 backstroke, her first such record.
The following swimmers had at least 1 first place finish, went all best times, or had all but 1 personal best time: Guadalupe Balber, Vianney Balber, Emma Champer, Jenna Champer, Olivia Dellatorre, Robbie Dillon, Will Foggin, Ella Freeman, Ansley Halbach, Brynn Halbach, Daniel Huang, Gavin Jones, Siya Kanaan, Ava Kennedy, Garrett Kennedy, Sam Krosner, Charlie Logan, Henry Logan, Ansley Nunnally, Luke Phillips, Felicia Pursner, Rebecca Pursner, Crow Thorsen, Ginny Thorsen, Hannah Torres, Lucy Yeomans, and Jack Yu.
5. Summer League Presence – ABSC Everywhere!
If you attended a summer league meet in the Athens area this summer, there is one thing you were guaranteed to see at any of the meets around town: several ABSC swimmers on deck!
You read that right; every single team from our surrounding area had a Bulldog on it this summer. Commer Tiger Sharks, Downtown Dolphins, East Athens Sea Turtles, Jefferson Sea Dragos, all 6 teams in the Oconee Swim League, and even more than that have had ABSC swimmers spotted on their decks. What an awesome thing for our club! You know at those meets, they were often the stars of the show too! 🙂
6. Summer Term Ends July 26th, Fall Term Begins September 4th!
Despite all the fun we’ve had this summer, our Fall Term is right around the corner. We expect ABSC to continuing growing and adding new swimmers to the Bulldog family just like we have the last few years! Keep the following dates in mind:
- September 4th: The Senior 1, Senior 2, and Dawgs groups will all begin practice on
- September 6th: New Swimmer Orientation at the Ramsey Center for all groups.
- September 11th: Gups/Pups/Superpups begin practice
Keep in mind also that our pre-registration form is open, and we’re excepting sign-ups for evaluations now! The evals will take place on four consecutive Thursdays in August – the 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd.
We’re down to our last three meets of the summer, so let’s finish it up strong!
40 state qualifiers (senior and age group) 15+ Team Records, 9 graduating seniors, 6 full practice groups, 2 straight Northeast Divisional Championships, and 1 awesome team. Truly a team and a season worth celebrating, and we did just that last Monday evening at Athens Academy.
It’s been a monumental year for ABSC as we’ve soared to new heights, achieving new levels of success and team growth like we haven’t had before. But some things stay the same, and as always, we’ve made sure to honor our award winners for all 6 practice groups and say goodbye to our graduating seniors.
We began the evening with our annual slideshow! You can see all of the slideshow pictures here, and thanks to Paige Kennedy for putting it together! If you didn’t know about ABSC’s shutterfly page, be sure to check it out! You can check out pictures from the awards ceremony and from all season long there as well! To find the shutterfly page, go to ABSC’s home page and scroll down. You will see a square box titled “photo gallery” and you can get to the shutterfly from there.
Our award winners, by group, went as follows:
Erin Osborne was this year’s winner of the Paige Wilson Award. The Paige Wilson Award is our most prestigious award. Given each year to a member of the Senior 1 group, as voted upon by the swimmers in the Senior 1 group, this award goes out to a swimmer who exemplifies being a great teammate according to their peers. Congratulations Erin!
Gups. Performance: Michael Li & Zoey Zellner, Most Improved: Robert Chen & Oriana Nixon, Coaches’ Award: Colin Boyle & MJ David.
Pups. Performance: Caleb Stamps & Vianney Balber, Most Improved: Grayson Krause & Alexandra Clifton, Coaches’ Award: Crenshaw Halbach & Camille Attaway.
Supers. Performance: Parker Fagrell & Ansley Nunnally, Most Improved: Conner Allen & Finley Freeman, Coaches’ Award: William Johnson & Anna Claire Adolphson
Dawgs. Performance: Simon Casey & Eileen Brook, Most Improved: Jackson Bates & Olivia Dellatorre, Coaches’ Alvaro Balber & Emily Schulz
Senior 2. Performance: Matthew Colquitt, Most Improved: Anna Wynne, Coaches Award: Dhruv Prakash
Senior 1. Performance: Charlie Logan & Jackson Harvin, Most Improved: Ryan Wyle, Coaches’: Anna Ash
Finally, we wrapped up the evening by honoring our graduating seniors. We had 9 in attendance from 3 practice groups. Here are their names and the schools they’ll be attending.
- Anna Ash – University of North Georgia (Watkinsville Campus)
- Kate Cabaniss – University of North Georgia (Watkinsville Campus)
- Owen Churchwell – Swimming at University of Massachusettes
- Matthew Colquitt – University of Georgia
- Lily Courchaine – University of Georgia
- Kate Massey – Furman University
- John Morgan McDonald – Swimming at University of the Cumberlands
- Erin Osborne – Swimming at Rhodes College
- Dhruv Prakash – Georgia Tech
We will miss our graduating seniors! We are proud of them, and it was an honor to coach them on ABSC! We are working on uploading the Senior Slideshow, so check back here soon!
The 2017/2018 short course season for ABSC will go down in the history books as one of the best ever for ABSC! With state championships, college commitments, team records, new qualifying standards, and a Northeast Divisionals Championship for ABSC, we won’t soon for get this year!
So join us as we reflect on the season, give out awards (each practice group will have one or two Coaches Award, Most Improved, and Performance Award swimmers), and honor our graduating seniors. Click here to reserve your spot: RSVP here.
Here are some more details about the event:
What: End of Season Awards Ceremony. (Food will not be served).
When: Monday, April 30th. Slideshow starts at 5:30, Ceremony starts at 6:00
Where: Athens Academy, in the Harrison Center performance hall.
Who: All ABSC families who swam with us this past 2017/2018 short course season at any time.
Dress Code: Business casual.
You won’t want to miss it! Be sure to RSVP as soon as possible, and we’ll see you there!
Draft 2 of our 2018 Summer long course practice schedule is here! We will be offering Pups, Superpups, Dawgs, Senior 2, and Senior 1 this summer! Click the link below to see the full schedule for each group (NOTE, Still subject to change):
You’ll notice 3 phases of the season (not in chronological order, FYI).
- Phase 1: Normal practice schedule. This is our base schedule for the summer, but as you’ll see in the next two phases, we’ll face the usual scheduling difficulties that affect this schedule.
- Phase 2: Week of May 21st schedule. We will use this schedule while some swimmers are still in school this week, and therefore can’t attend mornings.
- Phase 3: Swim Camp Schedule. Just like the last few summers, we’ll be hosting practices at Bishop Park for most groups during the UGA Swim camp weeks of May 28th – June 8th.
Email Mike@athensbulldogs.com with questions!
Goooo Dawgs! Sic ’em!
— March 23rd-25th, 2018. Athens GA
Team records. State Champions. Top-10 national swims. College commitments. It’s been a truly remarkable season for ABSC.
This weekend at the 2018 Northeast Divisional Championships, the Dawgs capped off the season in the most fitting way possible: by achieving one of it’s best meet performances in history!
Due to the wonderful performance ABSC athletes, ABSC is the back-to-back champions of the Divisionals meet! (Final Team Scores). ABSC walked away victorious for the first time after an 8-year drought, last season. But if 2017 was an impressive feat, 2018 would prove even more immaculate. This meet will go down in the record books as one of the best performances all-time by an ABSC team! See some of the stats below for reference:
- 66% best times – literally 2/3 of all swims were personal bests
- 4 New Divisionals Meet records: (see below)
- 3 new team records (see below)
- Won by more than 2300 points – last year won by a little over 900
- All together including individual and relay, male and female, and all 5 age groups (8&u, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15&O), there were 138 events swum over three days. Of those events, an ABSC swimmer or relay finished first in 58 of those events, or 42%.
- Of the 20 relay events offered, ABSC finished 1st in 12 of them, or 60%.
- Of the 8 relays we didn’t win, ABSC placed 2nd in all but 2 – a 3rd place finish and a DQ’d relay (that would have placed 2nd).
It was a team performance for the ages, and to go along with all of the staggering stats above, ABSC had countless swimmers achieve all, or nearly all personal best times over the course of the weekend. There were also several first-time finals qualifiers in the 11&over sessions, and some breakout performances by the likes Robert Chen, Sofia Clifton, Elin Turner, TJ Lu, Anna Wynne, Helene Best, Anna Ash, and countless more that achieved surprising move-ups from the original rankings to the final placements.
But most importantly, parents are the ones who made it all possible. As the host team, ABSC parents had to pull some serious weight in terms of volunteering. Our parents officiated, timed, announced, provided food in the hospitality room, sold heat sheets, sorted awards, and much more. On top of all that, they were responsible for getting their athletes to the pool in a positive state of mind, full of team spirit and ready to race their hearts out. Thank you ABSC parents for making all this possible!
Our team spirit was on another level this weekend, and the white-out/red-out/black-out theme was a lot of fun. The coaches also enjoyed jumping off the high dive on Sunday night to celebrate the win: ABSC Coaches Jump for Joy.
Check out a few more stats and individual accolades below-
New Divisional Meet Records:
- Macy Mullis, Girls 15&O 100 back: 55.28
- Ansley Nunnally, Girls 9-10 100 fly: 1:06.79
- Ansley Nunnally, Girls 9-10 50 fly: 30.18
- Karen Zhao, Girls 13-15 100 free: 52.03
New Team Records:
- Eileen Brook: 11-12 girls 100 back, 1:00.95. Old record by Caroline Allen from 2011 (1:01.90).
- Karen Zhao: 13-14 girls 100 free, 52.03. Old record by Danielle DellaTorre from 2014, 52.06.
- Karen Zhao: 13-14 girls 200 free, 1:52.29. Old record by Tara Pierce from 1991, 1:53.35.
High Point Scorers for ABSC by Age Group (Names listed girl then boy): 8&U: Sophia Clifton (151 points) and Vidur Karumbaiah (94.5 points). 9-10: Ansley Nunnally (197 points) and Luke Phillips (127.50 points), 11-12: Eileen Brook (148 points) and Simon Casey (121 points). 13-14: Karen Zhao (147 points) and Gavin Jones (148 points), 15&O: Brynn Halbach (91 points) and Charlie Logan (120 points).
Thanks again ABSC families, and I hope you enjoyed a great weekend of swimming. While this is good, the best is still yet to come for our club, and I hope you’ll be with us as we continue to rise.
GOOOOOO DAWGS! Sic Em!
Trying to figure out Summer swim plans? Deciding whether to do long course, summer league, both, or take a break altogether? Consider this your one stop shop!
NOTE** Long Course happens when the pool is switched to the longer 50-meter format, i.e. the Olympic format. All USA Swimming Club teams like ABSC swim “long course” in the summers.
As you know Divisionals is our final short course meet of the 2017/2018 season! With that in mind, it’s not too early to start setting our sights toward summer! Here are some quick facts about the seasons starting and ending, and then a breakdown on some choices for you!
When exactly does the swim season start and stop?
The swim season runs from Mid-September – July. August and the first part of September of are the “off-season” where no practices are held for any group. The season is broken up into three terms: Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer.
- Fall Term: Mid-September – Winter break in December. Roughly 15 weeks.
- Winter Term: Early January – Early April (April 6th this year). Roughly 15 weeks.
- Spring/Summer Term: Early April – End of July. Roughly 16 weeks. You can also elect to swim the “Spring” portion of the Spring/Summer term only. The 6-week Spring term will go from April 9th – May 18th this year.
Spring/Summer 2018 Key Dates:
- March 23rd-25th: Divisionals, last short course meet:
- April 6th: Winter Term Ends (2 weeks after Divisionals)
- April 9th: Spring/Summer Term Begins. (See explanation below).
- April 28th-29th: First long course meet (All groups allowed to attend). See long course meet schedule here, and scroll down past the short course season.
- May 18th: 6-week “Spring” Portion of Spring/Summer Term ends
- May 21st: “Summer” portion of Spring/Summer Term Begins
- July 26th: Final Long Course Practice – Month and a half off of swimming.
- Mid-September 2018: ’18/’19 short course season begins!
With the above dates in mind, here are some options:
1. Swim Long Course with ABSC:
- As usual, the Senior 1, Dawgs, and Superpups groups will continue to practice through the summer, for the full Spring/Summer term. Superpups can elect to swim the 6-week Spring term only, if they’d like.
- We are also working to potentially offer Senior 2 and Pups this summer! We likely will not know for sure until after Divisionals. At the very least, Pups and Senior 2 can participate in the “Spring” portion of the Spring/Summer Term. Pricing for the 6-weeks is available online, and if we can offer the full summer, then pricing will be the same as the Winter and Fall terms.
- Gups can swim the 6-week Spring portion of the Spring/Summer term, but cannot swim during the summer term. They are encouraged to swim summer league!
2. Swim for your summer league team:
- From Commerce to Jefferson to the Oconee teams to the Clarke County teams, ABSC has friends just about everywhere! If you want more info on a club, let us know where you live and we’ll help you get all plugged in! Most summer league teams swim from Mid-late May through Mid-July, but the Oconee teams stop at the end of June (unless you swim for the all-star team).
3. Swim long course AND for your summer league team:
- Most summer league programs start practice in Mid-late May, so it IS possible to swim the 6-week Spring term, and then start with your swimmer league team.
- If you choose to swim the full Summer with ABSC and still want to do summer league, most summer league teams are flexible with attendance, and will work out arrangements where ABSC swimmers come to as little as 1 practice per week, and swim meets with them, and practice the rest of the week with ABSC. Many of our swimmers do this, and it’s a great option to stay loyal to your summer team, and also train hard all summer with us! This is common not just in our area, but around the state and around the country!
4. Take a break altogether:
- This is also not a bad option, as playing other sports or taking time to rest, go to camps, or travel, can all be good things for our swimmers! Just make sure you join back with us in the fall if this is what you choose to do! 🙂
Thanks and hope this is helpful! A definitive schedule for long course is on the way!
Gainesville, Ga – March 3rd, 2017.
You never know what adversity you might face at a swim meet! For the small band of ABSC swimmers that made the trip up to Gainesville this past Saturday, a room without heat would be the challenge of the day!
Despite the broken heating system in the pool area, the Dawgs fought through the cold to put together some excitingly strong swims, through the shivers and all!
It was Connor Allen (13) of the Superpups who would bring the heat for ABSC, putting on a red-hot performance by claiming first place overall in both the 50 breast and and 200 back for the 13-14 age group and dropping a grand total of over 43 seconds on the day in his 5 events. That included a 10.83 second drop in his 200 backstroke, and an 11.97 second improvement in his 200 IM.
Several other ABSC swimmers also had big days, and below you can read about a couple swimmers from each group that put on a show:
Senior 2 Group:
- Anna Wynne (14) headlined the performance by Senior 2 with a big day, improving her 200 breast by 5.74 seconds to start and finishing 2nd. She finished 3rd in the 100 free, dropping 2.41, and 2nd in the 200 IM with a 7.88 drop.
- Macie Patridge (14) put her sprint skills on display, claiming 2nd in all three of her events, all 50s!. Her 50 breast was a best time by nearly 2 seconds, and 50 freestyle was a .51 second improvement, a large amount for a 50 free!
- Ava Kennedy (15) claimed two first place finishes in the 100 back and 100 breast, and second place in both the 50 free and 100 IM. Her 100 IM included a 3.11 second personal best time.
- Gretchen Hinger, (14) took first place in the 100 butterfly for the 13-14 age group, improving her personal best by more than 2.5 seconds. She would also claim 3rd in the 100 back and 100 IM, and would finish no lower than 5th on the day.
- TJ Lu (12) was unstoppable on the day, claiming 1st place for 11-12 boys in the 100 IM with an almost 3-second best time, and 2nd in both the 50 free and 100 breast. He dropped more than 2 seconds on the 50 free (!!) and got under the 30 second barrier for the first time, going from a 31.25 seed time to a 29.20 finish.
- Eli Allen (12), unrelated to Connor Allen above) had a huge day himself, going all personal best times and finishing 2nd place in both the 100 fly and 50 back. He dropped more than 3 seconds in the 50 back, and took off more than 4.5 in the 100 IM!
- Caleb Stamps (9) swam like a man on fire for the Pups group, winning the 50 fly out of heat 1, and going 3 personal best times and swimming 2 events for the first time. He dropped more than 5 seconds on his 100 IM, and took of 4.47 on his 100 free to go along with a 3.14 second drop on the 50 back.
- Adah Hamman (10) put together her best meet of the season, winning her heat 3 out of 4 times, and finishing second in her heat the other time! She swam 3 events for the first time as well, and took off almost 2 seconds on her 50 free.
- Ethan Anderson (10) put together a huge day for the Gups, swimming his strongest meet of the season. Ethan dropped time in every event he swam, including an 8.67 second drop in the 50 freestyle (woah!) He also dropped 3.01 in the 50 breast, and swam the 100 IM for the first time.
- Michael Li (7) swam in 3 10&under events, but claimed first place in both of his 8&under events, including first in the 25 free with a 1.13 second drop and first in the 100 IM!
- I also couldn’t leave out Zoey Zellner (8) who, claimed first in the 25 fly with a nearly 2-second drop, and 2nd in the 25 back and 25 breast.
There were awesome swims all around by the Dawgs, and now we’re on to the final meet of the season, the Northeast Divisional Championships! Go Dawgs!
The best is yet to come!
It’s true, lots of great things are happening around ABSC. From all the awesome Deli Dawg swimmers, to the state champions and swimmers qualifying for big meets like “Junior Nationals”, to new practice groups thriving, to all the countless swimmers who have consistently worked hard all season, going best times and improving steadily. It’s clear to see the Dawgs are on a roll!
But despite an already amazing year, the fun is just now beginning! The best really is yet to come when you consider that most coaches and swimmers alike consider the Northeast Divisional Championship, our final meet of the ’17/’18 short course season, to be their favorite meet of the year!
We’re excited to host the meet once again at the Ramsey Center on the weekend of March 23rd-25th! Furthermore, for the first time in a long time we’re entering the meet as defending champs! 2017’s victory for ABSC was the first championship in 8 years, much to the delight of our team. Now, here are a couple of things to know heading into the meet.
1. Our poster-making tradition will continue! We’ll once again group up as a team over the course of two nights and make motivational posters going into our big meet! Gups, Pups, and Senior 1 will make posters on Wednesday night, March 21st. Superpups, Dawgs, and Senior 2 will make them on Thursday, March 22nd. Going along with that is point 2…
2. Going for the Spirit Award! While we’ll do our best to win the meet, we’re also going to go all out for the team spirit award! The theme is “All out Dawg!” We’ll put on our Red, Black, and White and represent ABSC as best we can! Think Red&Black meet from the fall, but the whole team together. We started the season with ABSC spirit, and we’ll end it that way. More details to come!!!
3. Every swimmer on the team should plan on swimming! This is not a qualification meet – every athlete can/should participate. It’s the last meet of the year, and it’s a team battle, so we need all hands on deck. Even if your swimmer can’t do all three days, they should at least do one or two days! Every. Swimmer.!!
4. This meet is all about competing as TEAM, and having FUN! Swimmers compete their best when they’re motivated by teamwork and enjoying themselves, and that’s our number one goal! Sure, winning is nice, but we care much more about teamwork and fun. Parents – help us make that the goal!
Thanks everyone, and we’ll have plenty more details as we get closer to the meet.
GOOOOOOO DAWGS! SIC ‘EM!