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UPDATED!! New Feature of Red&Black Meet -- First Meet Weekend Approaching

18 Sep

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Monday – Sept. 18th,

UPDATE!!!

1: The preliminary rosters for the Red Team and Black team can be found here: Red&Black Teams

Update 2:The coaching breakdown goes as follows:

  • Red Team Coaches: Makenna, Hannah, Kat, Emma, Mike, Finley, Harvey
  • Black Team Coaches: Elizabeth, Dylan, Katie, Mary Kathryn, Alexandra, Jonathan, Martin

Update 3: Here are the Big Dawg Mentorship pairings: R&B Bid Dawg Mentorship Pairings. Couple quick notes about the mentoring:

  • We decided to utilize all 13&older swimmers as mentors based on need.
  • On the girls side, some Older girls have 2 Little Dawgs to mentor.
  • On the boys side, some Little Dawgs have two Big Dawgs to help!
  • All 10&Under swimmers received a mentor
  • This mentoring responsibility is to last for the Red&Black meet only, but obviously it would be great if the relationship carried on throughout the season!

 

With the season now underway, the swimmers back in the water, and the coaches laying the groundwork for the season ahead, it’s finally time to start looking at our first meets of the 2017/2018 season!

This year’s edition of the annual Red&Black Meet surely won’t disappoint.

As usual, we will divide the team — both the swimmers and the coaching staff — into two teams for this dawg v. dawg battle. There will be a Red Team and a Black Team like always. The roster of coaches and swimmers for each squad will be provided next week.

In 2015, the Red Team broke a 7-year (!!!) losing streak to the black team, making some ABSC history. Not to be outdone for too long, the black team reclaimed their throne in 2016. The story promotes itself really, but if that intrigue isn’t enough for you, there’s going to be a new element to the Red&Black that we’ve never had before!

This year, ABSC is unveiling it’s new “Big Dawg” mentoring component of the meet! What this means is that all high school-aged swimmers will be paired with a 10&under teammate for the meet, and given the job of helping show their little Dawg the ropes. They will help the younger athletes understand where to go for their events and keep an eye on them in between races. They’ll mentor and befriend that athlete and show them what it looks like to be a part of our team.

Assignments will be posted when rosters are posted.

As another feature, and 11-14 year old swimmers that are new to the team may be assigned a peer partner to help them familiarize themselves with ABSC meets as well. This is all dependent on numbers and availability.

So make sure you come on out to the Red&Black meet on Friday evening, September 29th! This is one of three meets that we ask all swimmers to attend, along with the Classic City Quad meet in December and the Northeast Divisional Championship meet in March.

To see the meet information for the Red&Black meet, as well as the ABSC versus Marlins dual meet which takes place 2-days later on Sunday, October 1st, click here: http://athensbulldogs.com/meets/info-results/

Emails will be going out later today to sign up for both meets!

Mike

Practice Cancelled, Orientation Rescheduled Due to "Irma."

11 Sep

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Due to the passing of now “Tropical Storm Irma” through our region, ABSC is cancelling practice tonight (Monday, September 11th), and tomorrow (Tuesday, September 12). The University of Georgia has decided to close on Monday and Tuesday for safety purposes, both before and after the passing of the storm. As such, ABSC will hold off on practice.

We will resume practice Wednesday, September 13th.

The New Family Orientation Session has been rescheduled for Wednesday the 13th as well! Our team vendor will still be on site that day as scheduled to perform our second and final team outfitting of the fall.

As always, the safety of our families will be our team’s first priority.

Thanks everyone for your patience, and we look forward to seeing you at the pool on Wednesday!

-ABSC Coaching Staff.

ABSC's Casey Fights Cancer with Swim Across America Campaign

4 Sep

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ABSC’s own Simon Casey is exemplifying the type of character we hope our swimmers will always possess by participating in an open water race this September 23rd in Atlanta.

The race is hosted by Swim Across America (SAA), an non-profit organization that exists to “…Unite the swimming community by hosting benefit swims that raise money to fund life saving cancer research and clinical trials,” according to it’s website.

Casey, who will be a member of the Dawgs group this fall, is inspired by several family friends that have suffered from the disease, including a young Athens child named Hodge Rivers that Casey writes about in his bio. To read about Casey’s motivation, and to DONATE TO HIS CAMPAIGN, see here: http://www.swimacrossamerica.org/site/TR?px=1495399&pg=personal&fr_id=4377

See also this message from Simon below:

Every 15 minutes 50 Americans are diagnosed with cancer. The good news is that every year millions of Americans are beating cancer through advancements in treatments. I am swimming in a Swim Across America benefit swim to #FightCancer and hope you will support me. Money raised from my swim will go to SAA doctors and researchers pioneering new cures to beat this dreaded disease. My personal page shares my story and how you may donate. Your support would mean a lot to me. http://www.swimacrossamerica.org/site/TR?px=1495399&pg=personal&fr_id=4377

Go Dawgs, Beat cancer!

ABSC's First Ever Safe Sport Training Through USA Swimming

4 Sep

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On Wednesday, September 6th, ABSC will be hosting it’s first ever Safe Sport training through USA Swimming. Read about Safe Sport.

Ceci Christy — the Georgia Swimming’s LSC’s resident Safe Sport representative — will be coming to Athens to meet with our high school aged swimmers and their parents. She will be offering a training session on bullying, peer pressure, and social media, to help maintain a safe and team-oriented environment on our club.

Ceci is a consummate professional who comes to us with rave reviews. Most recently, she spoke to the Georgia Swimming Zone Team (of which ABSC’s own Charlie Logan and Jackson Harvin were a part) and trained them over similar topics. Here are a couple bullet points of what you need to know.

  • All high school-aged athletes are required to attend, regardless of practice group
  • 7th and 8th grade swimmers can optionally attend
  • One parent/guardian for each swimmer should be present
  • Training begins at 5:30 PM, lasts until 7:00 PM
  • First 30-40 minutes for swimmers and parents, remaining time swimmers only
  • Short practice upon the conclusion (7-7:30 or so)

If you didn’t happen to see Coach Jonathan’s email from last week on the topic, please see below:

Many of you will have seen a note about Safe Sport Training in this week’s newsletter.  Safe Sport is a USA Swimming program designed to “promote the welfare of its athlete members” and “prevent instances of abuse and misconduct within the sport of swimming.”  Safe Sport training has been used by the Georgia LSC to good effect, and we on the ABSC staff feel that our high-school aged swimmers could benefit from some of its components.  To that end, we have invited Ceci Christy, an Atlanta attorney and the Georgia Swimming Safe Sport coordinator, to give a Safe Sport presentation to the team.  
The focus of the presentation in Athens will be how to deal with peer pressure, bullying, and the proper use of social media, but related matters will be discussed.  The session will take place at the Ramsey Center on Wednesday, September 6th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.  
 
All 9th-12th graders (regardless of group) will be required to attend in order to participate in ABSC practices, and we ask that each family have a parent present. Participation for 7th and 8th graders (especially those swimming in groups with older athletes) is encouraged, but not required. The first 30 to 40 minutes of the presentation will be for both swimmers and parents; the remainder of the session will be for athletes alone.  
At the conclusion of the athlete session, we will have a short practice.
  
Our goal at ABSC is promote a culture of teamwork, sportsmanship, and respect.  We hope that this session will help give our athletes insight into some of the problems we face on those fronts today, and contribute to the maintenance of a positive team environment.  
See you soon!
Mike

ABSC's Fall Term Beginning Soon!

21 Aug

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It’s almost that time again!!! The ABSC coaching staff is ready to get the season rolling!

We’re all starting to get a little antsy about getting back to the pool! The good news is that we’ll be back soon, so I hope you’re getting ready for the smell of chlorine and the wet towels all over your house/car/self. Check out some key dates below:

  1. Tuesday, September 5th: First day back for Dawgs, Senior 2, and Senior 1 Swimmers.
    1. All three groups should plan to arrive at 5:30 PM! This includes Senior 2, who will arrive at 5:30 all week. They will then start their normal 6:30 practice time the following week and maintain that all year.
    2. All three groups should bring athletic shoes and clothes, for “dryland” practice
  2. Monday, September 11th: First day back for Gups, Pups, and Superpups swimmers.
    1. All three groups will begin practice at the Ramsey Center at 5:30 PM!. This includes the Gups, who normally practice at the YWCO at 5:00.
    2. Gups will only practice at Ramsey on Monday. They will return to the YWCO for their Wednesday practice and remain there.
  3. Monday, September 11th: New Family Orientation.
    1. Will take place at the Ramsey Center, starting at 5:15 PM.
    2. For new families of all practice groups, including the Gups, but not including the stroke clinic families.
    3. Swimmers will join their practice groups for their swim practice, while parents meet with Jonathan and Mike.
    4. Parents will have a chance to meet and greet their child’s coaches at the conclusion of their child’s practice
    5. Gups and Pups practices will last 1 hour. Superpups and Senior 2 will last an hour and a half. Dawgs and Senior 1 will last roughly 2 hours.
    6. The orientation meeting for parents should last 30 – 45 Minutes
  4. Tuesday, September 12th: First Day of the Fall Splash Session 1 Clinic.
    1. Will begin at 4:00 PM at the YWCO
    2. All swimmers will register the first day. Forms will be emailed ahead of time. Parents should bring forms pre-filled and include a check with their fee, made out to ABSC
    3. The first practice will serve as an evaluation

I hope this helps! Here are a couple of other important dates:

  1. Tuesday, August 29th: ABSC “Back to Swim” Potluck Dinner and Hangout.
    1. Starts at 5:30 PM
    2. Bring a dish of your choice – signup coming soon
    3. Games including frisbee and cornhole, and a surprise coming…
  2. Tuesday, September 5th: First team outfitting for team suits and equipment.
    1. Begins at 5:15 PM at the Ramsey Center in the stands
    2. Team suits will be on hand for try-on and purchase
    3. All necessary equipment will be available – see your swimmers practice group for details
  3. Wednesday, September 6th: Mandatory Safe Sport training.
    1. Mandatory for 9th grade and older swimmers, optional for 7th + 8th graders
    2. Led by a representative from USA Swimming’s Safe Sport Initiative
    3. Topics major topic: Social Media Safetey, but others will be discussed.
    4. More details to come!
  4. Wednesday, September 13th: Team outfitting for suits and equipment #2.
    1. Second outfitting offered to decrease lines and wait time
    2. Same details as above in terms of start time and location
  5. Friday, September 29th: ABSC Red&Black meet.
    1. First meet of the season
    2. All groups should come, every swimmer should participate if possible
    3. Warmups beginning at 4:30 PM
    4. At the Ramsey Center

Thanks everyone, and we’re looking forward to seeing all of you at the pool soon!

Go Dawgs!

– Mike

 

Former ABSC Swimmer Wilson a Hall of Famer

21 Aug

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Atlanta,Ga — August 19th, 2017.

It was a special night for the Athens Bulldog Swim Club as former ABSC swimmer, Paige Wilson (now Paige Wilson Penze), was inducted into the Georgia Aquatic Hall of Fame as a member of the 2017 class. ABSC Head Coach Harvey Humphries was on hand to introduce his former swimmer at the ceremony.

The accomplished Wilson, who went on to swim for the University of Georgia after graduating from Clarke Central High School in Athens, entered the Hall of Fame with two other UGA swim and dive greats: current Head Diving Coach Dan Laak, and former NCAA All-American and American Record holder Elizabeth (Hill) Newman.

Wilson moved from Ohio to Athens, Ga at the beginning of High School. When she arrived, she had already achieved Junior National qualifying times. Coach Harvey was tasked with taking the talented swimmer to the next level in her swimming career.

At the age of 17, Paige became the first ever Olympic trials qualifier for the Athens Bulldog Swim Club! She also achieved several other awards and accomplishments while training with ABSC, including becoming a 4X High School All-American for Clarke Central, and setting state records in the 100 Backstroke in 1987, 1988, and 1989, and in the 100 butterfly in 1988 and 1989.

Paige went on to swim for the University of Georgia, where she would become an SEC Champion in the 100 fly in 1991 and 1992, and would also win the 200 back in 1992. She would go on to be a 21X All-American for the Dawgs, completing her collegiate career in 1993.

Not just a talented athlete, Wilson also experienced enormous success in the classroom. She was listed as an Academic All-American all four years in college, and went on to be named a Women’s NCAA Post-Graduate Scholar — an award achieved by only 30 female athletes, from any sport, across the entire NCAA each year — for her outstanding academic performance.

On the USA Swimming side of things, Paige continued to represent ABSC. Under ABSC’s banner, she went on to be a Long Course National Champion in the 200M backstroke and 100M fly in 1991, the 200M backstroke again in 1992, and the 200M butterfly in 1993. She would go on to compete in the World University Games and the Pan Pacific games in 1993, representing team USA on the international level.

Paige Wilson Penze’s legacy still lives on with ABSC today, as she is the namesake of the “Paige Wilson Award” which is offered every year at ABSC’s end-of-year awards ceremony. The winner of the award, which given to a member of our Senior 1 group every year, is voted upon by members of the Senior group and given to a peer who they deem to be an “excellent role model and outstanding team leader.”

Congratulations to Paige Wilson Penze for her induction into the Georgia Aquatic Hall of Fame, and may she continue to inspire our club for generations to come.

You can see the Georgia Aquatic Hall of Fame Website here: http://gahof.org/

 

 

Harvin and Logan Lead Team Georgia at the Southern Zone Champs

7 Aug

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8/5/2017 — Tupelo Mississippi

ABSC is back at it again, and Charlie Logan and Jackson Harvin are coming back as champions from one of the biggest meets of their lives!

For the second time this summer, ABSC swimmers had the chance to compete at one of the Zone Championship Meets. Competing for Team Georgia in the Southern Zone Championships, Charlie and Jackson followed up the Open Water Zone Team appearance by Simon Casey, Emma Champer, and Jenna Champer this past June. For a full explanation of what Zones is, see this article from June: You ABSC All-star Swimmers.

This time, the boys are coming home champs! For the 4th time in the last 6 years, team Georgia placed first at the Southern Zone meet, and these two boys played a huge role in the team’s success. Not only did they demonstrate leadership as members of the 15-18 age group, but they also both made finals in almost every event, and both of them finished first overall at the meet in at least one individual and at least one relay! For a full meet recap, see the Georgia Swimming webpage: Georgia Swimming News.

We break down the performance of both swimmers below:

Jackson Harvin:

Jackson sure knows how to start things off with a bang! He wasted absolutely no time making his presence felt at the zone meet by stepping up and winning his very first event, the 200 freestyle! Jackson placed first in prelims with a personal best of 1:56.99, dropping almost a full 4 seconds!!! He followed up his prelims swim by dropping and .03 at finals, winning the event by almost a full second! Jackson quickly became known as one of the fastest swimmers of the meet with that performance.

But Harvin didn’t stop there. He proceeded to qualify for finals in every other event he swam except for two, with one being a 9th place finish (they take top 8). Despite winning the 200 free on Wednesday evening, Jackson’s most impressive performance may have taken place on Thursday night at finals.

Jackson had placed 7th in prelims in the 400 IM, and returned for finals. At finals, Jackson placed 6th overall. Only minutes later, Jackson was asked to race on the 4×100 meter freestyle relay! Tired though he was from the 400 IM, Jackson stepped up to split a lifetime best 53.75 for his leg of that relay (wow that’s fast!!!). For context, he swam a lifetime best 55.10 earlier in the meet on his individual 100 free, and remember these are long course times, so that 53.75 is lightening fast! The relay ended up 1st overall, in large part thanks to Jackson!

Through that relay performance, Jackson showed his grit and determination for team Georgia, and proved why he was an integral part of their victory.

Charlie Logan:

Not to be outdone by his ABSC teammate, Charlie came to race as well! After placing 7th in the 200 free on Wednesday evening, Charlie came back Thursday with a vengeance! He started the meet off as the backstroke leg on the 4×100 medley relay that finished in 1st place for team Georgia, but his luck didn’t stop there.

After placing 1st in prelims for the 200 backstroke that morning with a slight add to his personal best, Charlie had the swim of his life in finals! Determined to win the event, Charlie split a devastatingly fast 1:02.19 on his first 100. Despite that fast first 100, he dug down deep to throw down a 1:04.54 on the second 100, finishing the swim in a personal best time of 2:06.73!!! That swim was a personal best for Charlie by almost 2 seconds, and he won the event by almost 4 seconds!

The good news didn’t stop there, however. Not only did Charlie win the 200 back, that time of 2:06.73 was good enough for Charlie’s first ever Junior National qualifying time! This milestone isn’t achieved by many swimmers, and Charlie’s swim was one that will go down in the ABSC history books!

Charlie finished his meet by placing 2nd in the 100 back (1:00.34), 5th in the 200 IM (2:13.11), and 1st overall again in the 4×50 Medley Relay, swimming the backstroke leg.

To Conclude:

All in all it was a fantastic performance by these two ASBC swimmers for team Georgia, and it’s clear that they played a massive role in the team’s overall victory! Here’s to hoping our team continues to place swimmers on the zone team as we did this year, and the get to experience what these two got to enjoy!

 

2017 14&Under State Recap

7 Aug

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Georgia Tech, Atlanta — July 20 – 23rd

Much like the UGA football team is often able to do, our swim team from Athens, Ga marched into Georgia Tech and competed their tails off, bringing home a 7th place overall finish in the “Large Team Division,” and 8th place out of every team in the state!

Unfortunately, you read that correctly. The growth of our team, mixed with the largest influx of college athletes ABSC has ever registered with our team (35+), resulted in our subsequent “promotion” from the ranks of the medium teams into the territory of the Atlanta based giants.

Had ABSC remained in the medium division, we would have achieved our 6th consecutive trophy at an Age Group State meet with a 2nd place finish (only the Marietta Marlins of the medium division finished ahead of us).

Nevertheless, our swimmers competed extremely well, and below you’ll find the highlights from an incredible performance by our team:

13 -14 Girls:

13 year-old Karen Zhao led the way for her age group with a top 20 finish in every event she swam except for one! That amazing streak included eight top 10 finishes on individuals and relays, including a 6th place overall finish in the 100 meter free, finishing in 1:00.48! The 13-14 girls also set a team record in the 4×100 Free relay!

Macy Mullis: led off our 200 free relay on day 1 with a personal best 29.97 in her 50 free, and finished the meet with an almost 4-second drop in the 200 back, going 2:30.68. Brynn Halbach: incredible meet! Best times in almost everything, including a 7.02 drop in the 200 fly (2:35.86), and 4.02 drop in the 400 free (4:52.57). Ava Kennedy: 14th overall in the 50 free, and major contributor on all relays, including a personal best split in the 4×100 free relay by 3 seconds!! Emily Schulz: excellent butterfly swimmer competed in the 100 and 200 fly, including a personal best in the 100!

13 – 14 Boys:

13 year-old Gavin Jones led his age group with personal best times in every single event he swam! The distance specialist began his meet with his best race of the weekend, a 17th place finish (6th among 13-year-olds) and a time drop of 46.02 seconds in the 1500 meter free!!

Will Foggin: Also achieved all personal best times, including a 17.44 drop in his 400 IM, and a 17.19 drop in his 400 free! Julian Attaway: almost all best times. 6.96 drop in his 200 fly, and 9.50 improvement in the 400 free. Crow Thorsen: huge improvements on distance races, including a 34.52 second drop in his 1500 free, and 4.58 on his 400 IM! Henry Logan: Lightening fast 200 backstroke, coming in at 2:26.96 for a huge time drop. Jackson Bates: First ever long course meet (he had short course conversion times) and had some huge swims! He went 1:16.85 in the 100 breast for 32nd, and 2:49.39 in the 200 breast for 27th! Payton Morrison: The unfortunate right-before-state birthday, but still swam a strong 100 breast, then went to GRPA state the next day and won the 50 breast!

11-12 Girls:

Eileen Brook starred for the 11-12 girls, seeing personal best times in all but her last event, and placing top 10 in all but 1 individual event! She even achieved 3rd overall in the 200 back with a time of 2:42.04. What an incredible meet!

Jenna Champer: An 11 second drop and 7th overall finish in the 800 free @ 10:19.15, and a 9th overall finish in the 400 free with an 8.79 second drop (5:03.23). Ansley Halbach: personal best times in every event, including a time drop of 6.86 in the 200 back, and 11.15 seconds in the 200 fly! Emma Champer: time drops in almost every event, including a huge 36.79 second drop in the 400 free (5:13.47). She was top 20 in all but 2 events. Hannah Torres: Swam 6 events in her first ever state meet, and finished the weekend with an 8.35 second drop in the 200 fly! Rebecca Pursner: personal best on the 4×50 medley relay breastroke split, and dropped a whopping 13.84 seconds in her 200 fly! Ginny Thosen: time drops in almost every event, top 20 in all but 2 events, and a 4th place overall finish in the 200 fly (3:04.96) with a 6.54 second time drop! She also finished 6th in the 100 fly with a 4.25 second time drop!

11-12 Boys:

McKee Thorsen took charge for our 11-12 boys group, going personal best times in all but 1 event! He finished top 20 in every event, and top 10 in 10 events. He finished 5th overall in the 200 fly (2:42.24), and 7th in the 400 IM with a drop of 3.15 seconds. The 11-12 boys relays were our strongest at the meet, finishing 4th, 5th, 5th, and 3rd in the four relay events! McKee was on all 4.

Daniel Huang: meet of his life! Personal bests on all but 2 events, including top 10 finishes in 11 events! He finished 7th in the 200 free with a 2.4 second time drop, and 8th in the 400 free with a 12.04 second drop. Simon Casey: finished 11th in the 50 and 12th in the 200 butterfly events. Dropped 36.46 on his 1500 free, and 6.99 on his 400 free. Garrett Kennedy: Huge drop in the 400 IM (11.88 seconds) for 20th overall. 5.84 second drop in the 200 fly, and a member on all 4 top-5 relays. Eli Bates: Top 20 in all 3 breaststroke events, including 8th overall in the 200 breast (3:24.17). James Xiao: Top 20 finishes in all but 1 event, top 10 in 8 events. 4th overall in the 200 fly (2:39.46), 5th in the 1500 free (19:20.88), and a 4.86 second drop in the 400 IM for 9th!

10&Under Girls:

Ella Dillon stormed through the state meet for the 10&under girls, achieving personal best times in all but 1 event! She finished top 20 in 5 events, placing as high as 14th in the 50 fly (38.76). Her most impressive swim was a 14.14 second time drop in the 200 IM for a time of (3:17.89).

Aubree-Clare Flores: competed in her first ever long course meet, and was incredible! She placed 25th overall in the 50 back at 41.15, and swam an impressive 1:21.24 in the 100 free. Charlotte Foggin: swam her first ever state meet! Competed in the 200 free, 200 IM and a relay, swimming a particularly strong 3:06.03 in the 200 free.

10&Under Boys:

Parker Fagrell swam an incredible meet, scoring 60 points and putting himself in the running for the high point award! He finished top 10 in all but one event, including a 2nd place finish in the 50 back (36.26), 3rd place in the 50 free (32.14), and 3rd in the 100 free (1:10.33). Those are insanely fast times for a 10 year-old! He achieved a personal best time in every single event.

Ryan Xiao: Finished top 20 in all but 20 events, and top 10 in 6 of them! Ryan placed 5th in the 100 breast (1:36.60), 6th in the 50 breast (44.48), and dropped 4.39 to move up to 6th in the 200 free at 2:40.01. Jack Yu: top 10 finishes in 5 events, and personal bests in almost all of them, including 1.33 second drop to come 9th in the 50 breast at 45.10.

Special Thanks:

To all of the swimmers that traveled to Atlanta just to help us field more relays! Anna Claire Adolphson, Kyle Bates, Crenshaw Halbach, Shaan Kanaan, and Luke Phillips. Every single one of these swimmers that came either swam a personal best time on their relay splits, or competed in their first ever long course meet. Congrats!

It was a fantastic meet, and I know we’ve got more amazing swims to come for all of these kids in the future!

 

 

DellaTorre Does it Again... and Again!

30 Jun

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Thursday, June 29th. Indianapolis, IN, at the Phillips 66 National Championships.

The lights drop. The noise from the crowd begins welling up steadily higher and higher. A spotlight appears, and it shines down right on you! Then suddenly, everything goes quiet. “Take your mark…..” demands the official as she speaks through the starting device. “BEEEEP!”

Now maybe it’s not quite that dramatic, but for a swimmer, a “swim-off” may be one of the most gut-wrenching challenges they face. For ABSC swimmer Danielle DellaTorre, this intense task would present itself twice… in the same day!

DellaTorre recently graduated from Oconee County high school, and will be joining the Georgia Bulldogs renowned women’s swim team this fall. With “multi-time state champion,” and “Olympic Trials qualifier” on her resume, Danielle is one of the most decorated swimmers in the history of ABSC’s program.  But now, the swimmer nicknamed “Duck” can add another title to her impressive list: Swim-off Champ!

Competing at the Phillips 66 National Championships for swimming in Indianapolis this weekend, Danielle experienced one of the most rare events in sports by competing in a double swim-off. On Thursday, June 29th during the prelims session, Danielle tied Janessa Matthews of Ohio in the 50 meter breaststroke in a time of 32.64 seconds.

That however, is not the rare part. Ties in swimming happen frequently, and swim-offs are a somewhat normal occasion during prelim-final meets. What happened next is the mind-boggling part. When Danielle and Janessa dove in the pool to battle it out for their spot in finals, they dueled head-to-head as they raced their one-lap sprint down the pool. Upon touching the wall, they realized the amazing had taken place: they tied again!!!

So once again, Danielle and Janessa had to muster up all of their strength and focus to battle it out for that spot in finals. This time however, Danielle would prevail, earning herself a swim in the finals and a place in the ABSC history books as the champion of a double swim-off! In finals Danielle would go on to improve her personal best time, finishing 22nd overall in a time of 32.43.

Congratulations to Danielle for another amazing feat on the path of an outstanding career as an ABSC swimmer. Luckily, Danielle will remain a member of ABSC even as she competes for UGA over the next four years. Knowing that, I highly doubt this is the last time she’ll blow us away.

To read more about this crazy race, see Danielle featured in this cool article by swimmingworldmagazine.com. https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/swim-off-madness-danielle-dellatorre-and-janessa-mathews-tied-twice/

Meet Recap: GPAC Tom Lalor Invite (Pensacola)

7 Jun

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Pensacola, Florida – June 2-4, 2017.

For the third installment of our 2017 long course season, our Athens Bulldogs took a smaller group down to Pensacola, Fl where we certainly made an impact. ABSC took numerous top-5 finishes in the meet, and McKee Thorsen even brought home the 11-12 boys high point award! The state of Florida may not want us back any time soon…

A small contingent of Senior 1 swimmers was lead by Jackson Harvin, who’s worst finish in all of his 13 races was 8th place! Jackson pulled off a shocking swim with a 20.04 second drop in the 400 IM (5:01.11), moving up from his seed of 13th to finish 2nd overall! He also placed 2nd in the 200 IM, dropping 2.15 seconds for a final time of 2:15.99. Grace Mauldin added to the fast swimming with a 2nd place finish in the 200 back (2:29.15), and 4th place finishes in the 100 back, 100 free, and 200 IM. Sarah Riley added 3rd place finishes in the 100 free (1:01.60) and 400 IM (5:25.41), going personal best times in both.

The Dawgs Group was lead by ABSC’s man of the meet, McKee Thorsen. McKee earned his high point award easily, with 1st place finishes in 8 of his 11 swims!!! He never finished lower than 3rd. Those winning finishes included times drops of 8.82 seconds in the 200 IM (2:43.53), 13.16 seconds in the 400 free (5:11.63), and 1.57 seconds in the 200 free (2:29.66). He dominated the 11-12 boys age group.

Other top performers from the Dawgs included Olivia Dellatorre, Macy Mullis, and Felicia and Rebecca Pursner. Olivia improved her personal best time in every event she swam, including a 6.11 second drop in the 200 breast (3:03.96) for a 6th place overall finish in her age group. She added a 19.67 second drop in the 200 back (2:52.66), and an 8.17 second improvement in the 200 free (2:32.35). Macy blew the state of Florida away in the backstroke, claiming 1st place in the 50 back (32.88) and 3rd overall in the 100 back (1:12.13). Felicia did quite a number on her old personal best times, improving her 50 breast (this is a 50, mind you) by 27.03 seconds!! She also dropped 14.94 off of her 400 IM (6:01.33), and 8.69 off of her 200 free (2:29.12). Rebecca followed a trend with her teammates and threw down personal bests in every one of her events! She highlighted her meet with a 6.81 second drop in the 100 fly (1:24.37, and a 9.93 second improvement in the 100 breast (1:41.98). Rebecca took care of business!

Not wanting to be left out of the fun, the Superpups group made some noise in their time in Pensacola as well! Ginny Thorsen paced the Superpup group, achieving personal best times in every single event she swam all weekend long! Ginny cracked the top 10 (as a young 11 year-old) in the 50 free, with a 9th place finish and personal best time of 32.41. She added a time drop of 10.11 seconds in the 400 free (5:34.45) and 3.65 seconds in the 100 free (1:11.33). In these great swims she achieved several new state qualifying times as well.

Ansley Halbach of the Superpups wins the award for largest time drop of the meet, with a drop of 45.56 seconds (!!) in the 100 fly. She also achieved several new state times. Hannah Torres swam her first long course meet of the summer, and did not disappoint. Hannah destroyed every one of her old personal best times, including her old 200 IM time by roughly 30 seconds, for a new time of 3:14.52.

Other notable swims/results:

Charlotte Foggin: 22.28 second drop in the 200 free. 4 second drop in the 200 IM, new state qualifying time!

Will Foggin: 3 second drop in the 200 IM (2:41.97), 2.87 second drop in the 50 breast (40.18)

Brynn Halbach: 6th place finish 50 back (35.74), 1.5 second drop 200 breast (3:09.70)

Gavin Jones: 7th place finish in 50 fly (30.58), 5.58 second drop 200 back (2:37.59).

Shaan Kanaan: 24.36 second drop in the 50 breast!

Siya Kanaan: big improvements in breaststroke events! 11.04 second drop in the 50 (wow!), and 4.70 seconds in the 100!

Crow Thorsen: 6th place finish 200 fly and 6th place 400 IM

 

 

 

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