Back to Back! ABSC is Victorious in Second Straight Northeast Divisionals.

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— 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).

Click here to see ABSC’s top 20 point-scorers from the meet.

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!

 

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