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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

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



Your ABSC Allstar Swimmers!!!

30 May

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Congratulations to 5 of our very own Athens Bulldog Swim Club athletes, who will be representing us on the Georgia Zone Team this summer!

Charlie Logan and Jackson Harvin will be taking their talents to the 2017 edition of the Southern Zone Championships this year as representatives of team Georgia! Competing in the 15-18 age group, these two will have the opportunity to provide leadership on the team, which also includes 11-12 and 13-14 age groups.

While these two gentlemen will be ruling the pool in Tupelo Mississippi, three other ABSC swimmers will compete for a Georgia Zone Team of the less-chlorinated variety. Simon Casey (11-12 boy), and Emma and Jenna Champer (11-12 girls) will show off their distance swimming skills on the 2017 Open Water Zone Team for Team Georgia! Unable to be kept within the confines of a pool, the’ll brave the lakes of North Carolina as they compete to take down other LSCs.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Zone Team concept, here’s a little background for you. The Georgia Zone Team is a basically an all-star team, where a very small number of swimmers are selected out of the whole state of Georgia to compete against swimmers across the South, or what we call, the “Southern Zone.”

As you know, ABSC is a member of USA Swimming. Under the umbrella of USA swimming, the country is divided up into various “Zones.” Teams in Georgia like ABSC are members of the Southern Zone. Breaking it down further, within each zone there are LSCs. LSC stands for Local Swim Committee, and they are the most local governing bodies that preside over swim clubs like ABSC.

ABSC is a member club of the Georgia Swimming LSC. Other LSC’s in our Zone include Florida, Florida Gold Coast, South Carolina, North Carolina, Southeastern (comprised of teams from Tennessee, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle), Kentucky, West Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Gulf, North Texas, South Texas, West Texas, and Border. A map of the LSC’s in can be found here: LSC Map

So the Georgia Zone Team and Georgia Open Water Zone Team are collections of some of the fastest swimmers in our LSC, like an all-star team. Needless to say, the fact that ABSC has 5 swimmers competing at zones this summer is huge honor! The Southern Zone Open Water meet will be held in North Carolina this upcoming weekend, June 2nd – 4th. The pool version of the meet will be held in Tupelo this August.

Congratulations to Charlie, Jackson, Emma, Jenna, and Simon. Here’s to a summer of fast swimming. We know you’ll do your part to bring home a Zones championship to Georgia, and represent your fellow Bulldogs well.


Meet Recap: Mother's Day Invite

17 May

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Athens, Georgia – May 12th – 13th 2017.

Your ABSC Bulldogs took to the pool for the second long course meet of the 2017 season this past weekend, and like the first meet, they once again did not disappoint. Even with the fast and furious Swim Atlanta in town for a duel in the pool, the Dawgs stood strong and raced VERY well.

Proving once again to be an unstoppable force, Danielle Dellatorre set the pace for ABSC’s Senior 1 group. Danielle started her meet with a 1st place finish in the 200 free (2:08.36), and continued on with 3 more 1st place finishes, and one 2nd place spot. Charlie Logan from Senior 1 turned in a very impressive day as well, with three 1st place finishes, and 5 out of 5 personal best times! Ryan Wylie also swam a fantastic meet, completing 5/5 personal bests, with 2nd place finishes in the 1500, 200, and 100 freestyles.

In the Senior 2 group, Matthew Colquitt demonstrated impressive resolve in his first long course appearance of the season. He bounced back from a small time add in his first event to then improve his personal best in each of his next four events! The bounce back included a 12th place finish in the 50 free (27.34), and a 2.13 second drop in the 100 breast. Aisha Schulz also turned in an impressive meet with 4/5 personal best times, and a 2.44 second drop in the 200 free to begin her meet.

The Dawgs group was a force to be reckoned with, and none were more forceful than Daniel Huang. With precision and skill, he sliced and diced his previous personal bests. Daniel had separate time drops of 25.13, 21.04, 21.65, 5.58(In the 50 free), and 26.70 in his events. It was unheard of! Bouncing back off of injury, Rebecca Pursner turned in personal bests in all 5 of her events, including 15.80 seconds in the 200 IM. Jenna Champer also proved quite a force, with 2 first place finishes in the 50 fly and 50 back. Proving her versatility, Jenna dropped 1 minute and 35.89 seconds in the 800 free. She can sprint and swim distance!

Ryan Xiao lead the Superpups group in what was nothing short of a beastly performance by a 10-year-old swimming in the 12&under division. Ryan blew his old best times away, with times drops of 19.44 in the 200 IM, 14.09 in the 100 fly, and 3.67 in the 50 free. Ginny Thorsen turned in her second consecutive impressive meet, dropping time in all 5 events including a 5.29 second drop in the 200 IM. Wanting to join in on the time drop party, Miracle Turner took off 8.76 seconds in her 100 back, and 21.23 in her 100 breast!

Finally in the Pups and Gups groups, the Fireshark (Shaan Kannan) from the Pups was on the hunt! Dropping 12.63 in his 100 free, 14.80 in the 100 back, and 18.06 in the 50 fly, there was no escaping the jaws of fire. Even the Gups group got in on the fun, as 8 year-old Lucy Attaway competed in her first long course meet! And might I say, her kick on the 100 backstroke was a thing of beauty. Older swimmers take notes!

Other Notable Swims and Successes:

Eli Bates dropped 20.39 in his 200 IM and 6.13 in the 50 back. Eileen Brook dropped 8.01 in the 200 IM and came in 1st in the 100 back. Emma Champer swam her first 800 free, then proceeded to drop time in every other event she swam! Gunnar Churchwell took 42.68 seconds off of his 1500 free. Olivia Dellatorre took 38.16 off of her 200 breast! Ansley Halbach swam her first 800 and then dropped time in everything else. Lauren Harrison won her heat 4 times out of 5! Gavin Jones dropped 9.04 in his 100 back. Grace Lang took 41.60 seconds off of her 800. Grace Mauldin took first in the 200 back. Geetam Mistry somehow dropped 7.67 seconds in a 50 freestyle…! Emily Schulz improved her 800 free by 1 minute and 17.40 seconds! James Xiao dropped 24.93 in his 200 free and 13.35 in his 200 IM! Lucy Yeomans dropped in 5/6 events, including 8.19 in the 200 IM. Karen Zhao placed second in the 800 free and took off 49.67 seconds.

Kai's Story: Swimmer of the Quarter

8 May

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The 2016/2017 swim season has been an extraordinary one for the Athens Bulldog Swim Club. It all started last summer, when ABSC was represented at the Olympic games by Hali Flickinger, Gunnar Bentz, and Olivia Smoliga, of UGA. By fall, ABSC began experiencing record numbers in terms of roster size, with the largest Red&Black meet in team history.

By December at Senior State, ABSC was able to place 7th overall in Georgia (3rd for medium-sized teams), with 17 year-old senior Danielle Dellatorre once again accomplishing the title of state champ, this time in four events.

At Age Group state in February, ABSC again placed 7th overall, but came second overall out of medium sized teams (and even defeated a couple of the large division teams). Finally, ABSC rounded out the season by winning the Northeast Divisional meet for the first time in 8 years!

Despite all of the success, one other award should not be forgotten. 8 year-old Kai Hernandez-Gambill of ABSC was named the “Age Group Swimmer of the Quarter” by Georgia Swimming at the age group state meet in February. Kai, who had been diagnosed with Perthes Disease, made a miraculous comeback throughout the season, progressing from wheelchair, to crutches, to walking just before Northeast Divisionals.

You can read Kai’s story here: Kai’s Story

Also, Kai’s family has given permission to share a video they created about his disease and recovery. If you’ve got a few minutes to spare, give it a watch! Thanks for reading and here’s to another great season of ABSC swimming as we head to long course 2017!

Meet Recap: 2017 Dynamo IMX Spring Blast

3 May

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Chamblee, Ga – April 29th, 2017.

ABSC participated in it’s first long course meet of the 2017 season at the IMX Spring Blast hosted by Dynamo swim club. Despite not having trained any long course during practice yet this season, the ABSC swimmers rose to the challenge offering up a surprisingly successful meet performance.

The meet consisted of an Individual Medley-themed format where swimmers participated in 100s (12&under) or 200s (13&over) of the strokes, with some 400 frees and 200 IMs mixed in. Between huge personal best time drops, swimmers competing in their first long course meet, and new ABSC swimmers logging their first meet as a Bulldog, the successes were plentiful for the Pups, Superpups, Dawgs, and Senior 1 swimmers who competed.

John Morgan McDonald, 17, led the way for the team as the only Senior 1 swimmer entered in the meet. He posted personal best times in the 200 fly (2:18.77) and 400 free (4:25.30), placing 3rd and 4th overall respectively in those events.

The Dawgs group was paced by Jenna Champer (12) and James Xiao (12) at the 12&under session, and Karen Zhao (13) in the 13&older session. Jenna posted personal best times in all four of her events. Achieving a 4th place overall finish in the 100 fly, Jenna managed to knock 7.14 seconds off of her best time for a finishing time of 1:14.09. James managed to sneak out a 1st place overall finish in the 100 fly from an outside lane, dropping 11.49 seconds off of his old best time in route to a 1:12.54 swim. He continued to drop time on all four of his events, including over a minute in the 400 free! Karen managed personal bests in 3 out of 4 events, including a 1st place overall finish in the 400 free with a time of 4:53.58 in a new personal best.

The Superpups were led by excellent performances from William Johnson (11), Simon Casey (12), and Parker Fagrell (10). William posted personal best times in all four of his events, including drops of 17.62 seconds in his 200 IM, and 17.99 seconds in his 100 fly from last season. New to the team, Parker and Simon didn’t disappoint. Parker managed to swim his first long course 100 fly, achieve 3 other personal bests, and pull out a 1st place overall finish in the 10&under boys 200 free in a time of 2:41.17. Simon managed time drops in all 4 events as well, including a drop of 18.65 seconds in his 200 IM for an 8th place finish at 2:51.91.

Several ABSC Pup swimmers competed in their first ever long course meet, including Zach Krosner, Tianjie (TJ) Lu, and Sierra Pape. Ava Scott from the Superpups also competed in her first ever long course meet.

Other Notable Items:

– Impressive finishes and time drops in the 400 free: Eileen Brook (24.66 seconds), Jenna Champer (5th overall in 5:12.02), Brynn Halbach (9.93 seconds), Daniel Huang (41.44 seconds), Sam Krosner (11.47 seconds), Grace Lang (1 minute and 1.89 seconds!!!), Macy Mullis (36.69 seconds), Emily Schulz (33.56 seconds), James Xiao (1 minute and 2.02 seconds!!!),

– Daniel Huang 4/4 personal best times, Ginny Thorsen 4/4 personal best times, Payton Morrison 4th overall in 100 breast, Shaan Fireshark Kanaan 1 minute drop in the 100 back.

Note – This is the first in a new series of meet recap blog posts by the ABSC coaching staff. We plan to continue these posts through the summer, and if they’re well received, we’ll continue into the fall. 


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