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It’s T-shirt Time!
As always, ABSC swimmers will receive their yearly team t-shirt with their submission of Swim-a-Thon funds. Two years ago shirts were white, and last year’s shirts were red! This year, shirts will be black as we continue to rotate through the color scheme.
As always, ABSC families can order extra shirts in gray, red, black or white! Order forms have been emailed to the club, but you can email Mike@athensbulldogs.com to receive a form if you still need one.
Payment is due up front, and forms and payment are both due by November 27th. You can turn in your forms and cash/check, in a sealed envelope, in the following ways:
- To Mike Radford or your lead group coach at practice, or at the Swim-a-thon.
- In the mail to Mike Radford (see address on form)
- Or, emailing the form to Mike and turning in the payment in one of the above ways.
Please make checks out to “ABSC.”
It was 3:45 PM on a cool November Sunday, 2017.
The clock was slowing inching toward 4. Swimmers from the Gups, Pups, Superpups, Dawgs, Senior 2, and Senior 1 groups were filing onto the pool deck waiting for their 2017 Swim-a-thon to begin… but something was missing.
It’s one thing to swim 200 laps (or 50-100 for the youngest swimmers), but it’s another thing entirely to mentally prepare to do this WITHOUT THE COACHES! As happens every year, the coaches mysteriously disappeared just hours before the Swim-a-thon. This time, it turns out they’d be replaced by a group of TROLLS!
Of course, our swimmers completed their laps and had another fantastic Swim-a-thon event as they always do, and they did a great job raising money for the team in the process!
This year’s rendition of the Swim-a-thon will take place on Sunday, November 11th, from 4-6 PM at the Ramsey Center! Will the coaches be called to duty, abducted, get lost… who knows? But something tells me we’ll need the services of some special guest coaches once again.
The Swim-a-Thon is a USA Swimming Sponsored fundraising event for our club. As such a portion of the proceeds go to supporting the “USA Swimming Foundation,” which supports a number of items like funding the USA Swimming National Team, The “Make-a-Splash” swim lesson program, and more. Of course, most of the funds go to supporting ABSC!
Click here to read Coach Harvey’s message to the team about the Swim-a-thon! Each family is asked to donate a baseline of $150, but there are prizes for higher levels of donation! Swimmers are encouraged to ask friends and family for donations, either on a per-lap basis, or as a lump donation.
The prize levels will go as follows:
- Level 1: Baseline $150 donation per family: Team T-shirt, new silver practice swim caps!
- Level 2: $250 for a family: Party at “Rush Athens” Trampoline Park with other level 2 winners and coaches.
- Level 3: $350 for a family: “Night with the Champions.” A chance for a meet and greet, pictures, autographs, and Q&A with several members of the USA Swimming National Team, World Champions, and Even Olympians!
We are so excited for our Swim-a-Thon 2018, and we can’t wait to see you at the pool then.
We’re bringing back the swimming Turkey to announce our 2018 Thanksgiving Break Practice Schedule, the week of November 19th-23rd! We will be following the same format that we did last season, where we are off from Thanksgiving Day through the weekend. Here below is the breakdown for each practice group that week:
- Monday – Normal Practice
- Tuesday – 4:00-5:00 PM at the YWCO
- Wednesday – Sunday, off.
- Monday – Normal Practice
- Tuesday – 5:30 – 6:30 PM at Ramsey
- Wednesday – Sunday, off
Superpups/Dawgs/Senior 2/ Senior 1
- Monday & Tuesday: Normal Practice
- Wednesday: 12PM – 2PM at Ramsey.
- Thursday – Sunday, off.
Have a great Turkey week! GO DAWGS!!!
We love when our swimmers keep on swimming!
With Charlie Logan’s commitment to swim at the University of Georgia earlier this week, we thought it would be a great time to bring back our report of Dawgs swimming in college! ABSC was blessed to have 3 swimmers move on to swim in college last year, and we one more move on to join the ABSC coaching staff!
As it currently stands, ABSC has had 20 swimmers sign with college swim teams!! That’s right at 5 Seniors per year going on to swim in college after their time with ABSC. Of those 20, there are 17 that are still currently swimming on college rosters! Here they are, by their year of eligibility in college:
- Eliza Petersen – Carson-Newman University
- Anna Rose More – Georgia Southern University
- Caroline Allen – Liberty University
- Mary Claire Cardwell – University of Georgia
- Fear Churchwell – Calvin College
- Ian Hentenaar – Davidson College
- Camille Porter – Auburn University
- Madison Rogan – University of North Carolina, Asheville.
- Skylar Rogan – University of North Carolina, Asheville.
- Aidan Brook – Georgia Tech
- Danielle Dellatorre – University of Georgia
- Berklee Hawks – Berry College
- Grace Mauldin – Georgia Tech
- Alexis Shirley – Air Force Academy
- Owen Churchwell – University of Massachusettes
- Erin Osborne – Rhodes College
- John Morgan McDonald – University of the Cumberlands
Others that swam at least one season in college but moved on to other things:
- Kara Powell – Current 4th year, swam at Towson University
- Robert Wylie – Current 3rd year, swam at West Virginia University
- Annie Williamson – Current 4th year, swam at University of Georgia
It’s clear to see that ABSC has a strong tradition of athletes going on to swim in college, and this doesn’t even go back further than the last four years! There are countless others that have gone on to swim at schools all over the country.
Former Swimmers Now Coaching
One of our favorite things at ABSC is when former swimmers take their next step and join the coaching staff! This past year, Anna Ash – the 2018 Northeast Divisionals champion in the 200 freestyle – joined ABSC’s coaching staff and is one of our awesome Gups coaches!
Along with Anna, we also have Emma Lowring (Lead Pups Coach), Hannah Scarbrough (Lead Gups Coach), and Lyndsey Kalessa (Pups Coach), who serve as former ABSC swimmers on our coaching staff.
It should also be noted that while not all of our graduating seniors go on to swim in college, we are at 100% college attendance right now for all of our graduating seniors. Swimmers are routinely considered some of the most academically successful athletes, and our college attendance rates show why!
Looking forward to a bright future with many more ABSC college swimmers to come. Go Dawgs!!
ABSC kicked off it’s first couple of meets this past weekend at the Ramsey Center with it’s annual Red&Black intra-squad meet on Thursday evening, and it’s inaugural IM Challenge meet on Sunday.
Both meets consisted of only ABSC Swimmers, and they both served the purpose of getting us a good number of early-season, short distance individual and relays swims.
Red & Black Meet
The Red & Black meet once again proved a huge success as the swimmers challenged one another to best times, with Coach Jonathan Foggin providing analysis and commentary from the announcers booth along the way! Divided into two, the coaches and swimmers formed into a Red Team and Black Team, and faced off in head to head battle!
It was a hotly contested meet, with the score as close as 8 points with over half of the meet completed, the Red team would find a way to hold on in the final relays, winning 5 out 8 relays to close out the meet. Final Team scores showed Red with a 835 – 825 victory in the combined Men’s and Women’s team scores, only a 10-point margin of victory!!!
While all swimmers swam well (to the tune of 74% personal best time swims!!), certain swimmers in each age group carried some heavy clout.
8&Under: Esme Best was a perfect 4 for 4 in the 8&U girls division, winning all 4 individual. Vidur Karumbaiah claimed 3 1sts and 2nd on the boys side.
9-10: Elin Turner had a dominating performance for the girls, claiming first in all 4 individuals and relay, and claiming several new state qualifying times. The 10&U boys races very extremely close in every event. Luke Phillips tallied the most points (30) with a 1st and 3 2nds, but Torin Trotter, Caleb Stamps, Justin Kurgan, and Caylem Best all scored north of 20 points.
11-12: Ansley Nunnally completed a 4-4 sweep in the girls individual races, with a notable 50 backstroke. Jack Yu and Parker Fagrell battled it out on the boys side, with Jack taking 3 first place finishes, but Parker winning the 50 back and later beating Jack in the first leg of the 200 freestyle relay.
13-14: Karen Zhao paced the 13-14 girls group with 2 wins, but was racing closely with Ella Freeman and Olivia Dellatorre all night. Ella pulled out the 50 breast title, and Olivia took first in the 50 fly. Gavin Jones proved a tough competitor on the boys side, winning 3 out of 4 individuals, placing second only the 50 breast to breaststroke sniper Ben Hiss.
15&O: Sarah Riley (29 points), Lucy Yeomans (28 points), and Macy Mullis (27 points) battled it out all night on the senior girls side, with each swimmer winning at least one race. Charlie Logan paced the guys side with 4 for 4 wins.
ABSC IM Challenge
The whole team was reunited for the IM Challenge meet, competing in more of a time trial format as one big ABSC Team. We continued with Big Dawg/Little Dawg pairings as well, as the Big Dawgs cheered on and encouraged their 10&Under teammates all meet.
With a few more events offered and some longer distances, some of the same stars lead our group, but a few new faces popped up as well!
10&U: Sophia Clifton had a strong showing in the 10&under division, claiming 3 first place finishes on the girls side! Martha Kyle Bates out-touched Clifton for the 100 IM title in her only 2nd place finish. The boys had 4 different first place finishers, 1 for each stroke! Nakul Karumbaiah took freestyle, his borther Vidur took breaststroke. 8-year-old Patrick Coverdill claimed the 50 backstroke, and Colin Boyle nabbed first in the 50 free.
11-12: On the girls side, last summers 8-time state champion Ansley Nunnally claimed 4 for 4 first places again, while 10&under Elin Turner swam up to claim the 100 breast title in the one event Nunnally didn’t swim. For the boys, Jack Yu claimed three more first place finishes, with Parker Fagrell grabbing the 100 free and Eli Bates taking the 100 back.
13-14: Like the Red & Black meet, Karen Zhao paced the girls, but Ella Freeman won the breaststroke event and Olivia Dellatorre again took the butterfly. For the Boys, Gavin Jones claimed a clean sweep of the individuals, with James Xiao claiming second three times.
15&O: Macy Mullis had her day with 3 victories, while Brynn Halbach claimed her first victory of the year in the 100 breast, and fly expert Emily Schulz stealing the 100 fly. On the boys side, Charlie Logan took four out of 5 races, with Jackson Harvin nabbing the 100 breast title against him.
It was an awesome weekend of swimming for ABSC and a great way to start the season. Here’s to much more fast swimming to come. Go Dawgs!!!
September and October are done, and November’s Deli Dawg Dinner at Jason’s Deli is on the way! Our next Deli Dawg night be Monday, November 12th.
As such, here is the working list of our Deli Dawg Swimmer’s of the month. This list will be updated each month with our newest batch of swimmers.
One swimmer from each group will be named “Deli Dawg Swimmer of the Month” each month by meeting the following criteria:
- Demonstrating characteristics of an exemplary teammate
- Performing exceptionally in practice and meets that month/since the last Deli Dawg night.
- Rising to challenges or overcoming adversity
Without further adieu, here is our list of Deli Dawgs 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).
A team who eats together, wins together!
If you’ve been around ABSC, you know we FULLY embrace this motto. We all know swimmers LOVE to eat, and we enjoy eating together. We experienced this with our pre-season potluck, and we’ve got another chance coming up!
One Monday evening each month, ABSC coaches will nominate one swimmer from each group to be the “Deli Dawg Swimmer of the Month.” The Deli Dawg swimmers are selected by their coaches based on the following criteria:
- Being an exemplary teammate
- Showing strong performance in practice and meets that month/since the last Deli Dawg night.
- Rising to challenges or overcoming adversity
The first Deli Dawg Night of our 2018/2019 season is Monday, Sept. 24th.
At the beginning of practice, the coaches will gather the swimmers together and explain why each swimmer is receiving the Deli Dawg award that month. The swimmer will receive a free meal pass to Jason’s Deli on the spot!
Then, the swimmers will pratice (with altered times for some groups), and will make their way over to Jason’s Deli where we’ll all eat as a team! Here’s what practice will look like for each group on Deli Dawg Nights:
- Gups: Normal Practice time. Arrive at Deli by 6:30
- Pups: Normal Practice time. Arrive at Deli by 6:50
- Supers: Dryland Only practice, finish by 6:30. Arrive at Deli by 6:50
- Dawgs: Practice until 6:40. Arrive at Deli by 7:00
- Senior 2: Practice moved up, begins at 5:30, swim until 6:35. Arrive at Deli by 7:00
- Senior 1: Practice until 6:45. Arrive at Deli by 6:10
To have an idea, here is a list of last season’s winning swimmers: 2017/2018 Deli Dawg Winners.
See you at the deli, and Go Dawgs!
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!