Meet Weekend Recap: ABSC Rocks the Pool

12 Dec

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Dec 7-9, 2018. Athens, Atlanta, Greensboro.

One team, three different meets! That’s what ABSC was up against this past weekend, and our swimmers rose to the challenge!

With several Senior 1 swimmers emerging over the last 12 months for ABSC, Coach Martin was able to take a group of 5 swimmers to the Winter Junior National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina!

Coach Stephanie from the Senior 1 group took another bunch of our 15&over swimmers to the Senior State meet at Georgia Tech over the weekend, and the remainder of our staff stayed with the rest of our team here in Athens for the 7th Annual Classic City Quad, which is an annual showdown between ABSC, Aiken-Augusta, Swim Atlanta, and Dynamo.

ABSC responded to it’s split team and split staff by posting crazy fast swims all over the Southeast, with countless personal best times and strong swims leading to some very happy swimmers and coach. Below is a quick recap of some of the key performances from each meet over the weekend.

Junior Nationals – Greensboro, NC

For the first time in years, ABSC was able to bring a group of five Senior 1 swimmers to Winter Junior Nationals. Jackson Harvin, Charlie Logan, Macy Mullis, Ryan Wylie, and Karen Zhao made the trip to Greensboro for the event.

  • Jackson Harvin had a breakout meet for the Dawgs in Greensboro, posting huge personal best times in both the 200 free (1:38.93), and the 200 IM (1:48.99). He made finals in both races.
  • Charlie Logan made finals in the 400 IM and 200 back, going best times in both. The 400 IM was a blazing fast 3:55.52, and a personal best by almost 5 seconds!
  • Macy Mullis raced to a very strong 55.35 in her favorite event, the 100 back, and also brought a lightning-fast 24.70 in the 50 free.
  • Distance ace Ryan Wylie swam to two personal bests in both the 500 free (4:33.29) and the 1650 free (15:56.58).
  • Karen Zhao sprinted to a personal best in the 50 free (24.62) and swam a very solid 200 and 100 free as well.

Georgia Senior State Champs – Atlanta, Ga

14 other swimmers from the Senior 1 group made it to Senior State meet: Jackson Bates, Caedmon Churchwell, Olivia Dellatorre, Will Foggin, Brynn Halbach, Bean Holloway, Gavin Jones, Siya Kanaan, Ava Kenendy, Henry Logan, Felicia Pursner, Sarah Riley, Emily Schulz, and Lucy Yeomans.

  • Sarah Riley paced the group with 64 points scored in the meet, the most by an ABSC swimmer still in our age group swimmer (Natalie Hinds scored 96 for ABSC, but she’s a college grad who swims in our post-grad group). Riley’s highest finish was 4th overall in the 200 butterfly, where she swam to a blazing fast 2:05.84.
  • Olivia Dellatorre was next in line with points scored, gaining 38 for ABSC at the meet. Olivia’s highest finish was 3rd overall in the 200 breast, but she also finished 7th in the 100 IM with a super fast time of 59.36!!
  • For the boys, Gavin Jones and Will Foggin both found personal best times in every swim except for their last of the weekend! Jones swam to a blazing fast 200 free in 1:46.88 for a 1.5 second best time, and Foggin achieved a 4.55 second improvement in the 200 breast for a 2:18.82 overall time.

Classic City Quad Meet – Athens, Ga

The rest of our team stayed home and competed in our annual mid-season clash with Dynamo, Swim Atlanta, and Aiken-Augusta! To put it plainly, this may have been one of ABSC’s best non-championship meets ever! We achieved 63% personal best time swims, which is a very high number and almost 10% higher than last year at the same meet! With so many swimmers bringing their A-game, we’ll try to pick out a couple from each group who really put on a show.

  • Gups Group: Lauren Neace and Kitty Dennison paced the girls in the Gups with three personal best times, and one new event added. Lauren dropped a whopping 16.57 seconds on her 100 IM! For the boys, Eric Li lead the way, swimming both days and achieving huge times drops each day. An impressive 34 second improvement on the 100 breast was his most impressive swim.
  • Pups Group: Addie Freeman had a great meet for the Pups girls, going 8-8 personal best times, including a 16-second best time in the 100 free! Robert Chen had an awesome showing for the boys, swimming two events for the first time and dropping time on all 6 of the other events he had swum before, including a 9.59-second drop in the 50 butterfly.
  • Superpups Group: Talua Best lead the Superpups girls with an awesome meet, swimming 6 for 6 on personal best times, including an 18.3 second drop in the 200 back, and a 40-second improvement in the 400 IM! Crenshaw Halbach swam to 8-8 best times, including a 21 second drop in the 100 fly, and his first state qualifying time in the 200 freestyle.
  • Dawgs Group: Charlotte Foggin paced the Dawg girls with 8-8 best times, including an 11.78-second improvement in the 200 fly and 15 seconds in the 500 free. Harrison Carmack had a crazy meet for the boys, including a 27-second improvement in the 200 IM, and almost one minute, twenty second improvement in the 500 free!!! Ben Hiss also had a great meet, swimming all best times and making state in the 100 breast.
  • Senior 2 Group: Madyson Hailey swam great for the girls, adding three new events to her list and dropping almost 8 full seconds in the 100 free! Christian Honeycutt rocked it on the guys side, adding four new events and going best times in his other four, including an 11.37-second improvement in the 200 breast.
  • Senior 1: Emily Schulz had a fantastic meet for the girls, going six for six best times and dropping over 11 seconds in her 400 IM! Gunnar Churchwell swam very well for the guys, going 6 for 7 best times and dropping over 5 seconds in the 100 back, getting under 1 minute for the first time.

As you can see, the Dawgs were great this weekend! The good news is, the best is still yet to come! Go Dawgs!

UGA Invite Schedule Change

28 Nov

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With many college teams from around the country arriving in town tonight for the UGA Invite swim meet, we have an altered schedule this week!

Here’s the plan for each group, each day:

Wednesday, Nov. 28th:

  • Gups. No Change
  • Pups. Practice from 6-7 PM at Ramsey
  • Supers. 6-7 PM at Ramsey
  • Dawgs. 6-7:30 at Ramsey
  • Senior 2. No Change
  • Senior 1. 6-8 PM at Ramsey

Thursday, Nov. 29th:

  • Superpups. Practice cancelled.
  • Dawgs. 5:30-7 AM at Ramsey.
  • Senior 2. 5:30-7 AM at Ramsey.
  • Senior 1. 5:30-7 AM at Ramsey.

Friday, Nov. 30:

  • Gups. Practice cancelled.
  • Pups. 5-6 PM at the YWCO.
  • Superpups. 5:30-7 AM at Ramsey.
  • Dawgs. 5:30-7 AM at Ramsey.
  • Senior 1. 5:30-7 AM at Ramsey.

Thanks everybody! Go Dawgs!

Updated: ABSC Holiday Break Training 2018/2019

28 Nov

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Our Holiday Break training schedule is just about finalized, so here’s what we’ve got for you heading into those practices, broken down by Group.

Gups and Pups:

  • Dec. 19th: Final Practice, off until Winter Term begins January 7th.

Superpups & Senior 2:

  • Dec. 21st: 5:30 – 7:00 @ Ramsey
  • Dec. 22nd: Morning practice at YWCO. Time TBD.
  • Dec. 23rd-25th: No practice, whole group off.
  • Dec. 26th & 27th: practice at YWCO, Time TBD.
  • Dec. 28th – 30th: practice at Ramsey, Time TBD.
  • Dec. 31st & January 1st: No practice, whole group off.
  • January 2nd – 4th: 5:30 – 7:00 @ Ramsey
  • January 7th: Begin new term.

Dawgs:

  • Dec. 21st: 5:30 – 7:30 @ Ramsey
  • Dec. 22nd: 7:30 – 9AM @ Georgia Aquatic Center
  • Dec. 23rd-25th: No practice, whole group off.
  • Dec. 26th & 27th: 7:30 – 9AM @ Georgia Aquatic Center
  • Dec. 28th – 30th: practice at Ramsey, Time TBD.
  • Dec. 31st & January 1st: No practice, whole group off.
  • January 2nd – 4th: 5:30 – 7:30 @ Ramsey
  • January 7th: Begin new term.

Senior 1:

  • Dec. 21st: 5:30 – 8:00 @ Ramsey
  • Dec. 22nd: 6:00 – 7:30AM @ Georgia Aquatic Center
  • Dec. 23rd: 6-8 AM @ Georgia Aquatic Center
  • Dec. 24th & 25th: No practice, whole group off.
  • Dec. 26th & 27th: 6:00 – 7:30AM @ Georgia Aquatic Center
  • Dec. 28th – 30th: practice at Ramsey, Time TBD.
  • Dec. 31st & January 1st: No practice, whole group off.
  • January 2nd – 4th: 5:30 – 8:00 @ Ramsey
  • January 7th: Begin new term.

Thanks everybody! Looking forward to seeing you soon, and Happy Holidays!

Go Dawgs!

ABSC T-Shirt Orders - Due Nov. 11th!

7 Nov

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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.”

Go Dawgs!

Swim-a-Thon 2018 is Here!

25 Oct

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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.

Go Dawgs!!!!

2018 Thanksgiving Break Schedule

24 Oct

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It’s almost Turkey Time!

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:

Gups:

  • Monday – Normal Practice
  • Tuesday – 4:00-5:00 PM at the YWCO
  • Wednesday – Sunday, off.

Pups:

  • 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!!!

 

Dawgs in College -- 2018 Update. Where Are They Now?!

10 Oct

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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:

Seniors:

  1. Eliza Petersen – Carson-Newman University
  2. Anna Rose More – Georgia Southern University

Juniors:

  1. Caroline Allen – Liberty University
  2. Mary Claire Cardwell – University of Georgia
  3. Fear Churchwell – Calvin College
  4. Ian Hentenaar – Davidson College
  5. Camille Porter – Auburn University
  6. Madison Rogan – University of North Carolina, Asheville.
  7. Skylar Rogan – University of North Carolina, Asheville.

Sophomores:

  1. Aidan Brook – Georgia Tech
  2. Danielle Dellatorre – University of Georgia
  3. Berklee Hawks – Berry College
  4. Grace Mauldin – Georgia Tech
  5. Alexis Shirley – Air Force Academy

Freshmen:

  1. Owen Churchwell – University of Massachusettes
  2. Erin Osborne – Rhodes College
  3. John Morgan McDonald – University of the Cumberlands

Others that swam at least one season in college but moved on to other things:

  1. Kara Powell – Current 4th year, swam at Towson University
  2. Robert Wylie – Current 3rd year, swam at West Virginia University
  3. 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!!

First Meet Weekend Success - Recapping both meets.

3 Oct

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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

Full Meet Results

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

Full Meet Results

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!!! 

Deli Dawg Swimmers of the Month 18/19: A Working List

3 Oct

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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:

  1. Demonstrating characteristics of an exemplary teammate
  2. Performing exceptionally in practice and meets that month/since the last Deli Dawg night.
  3. 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).

Deli Dawg Nights - First One Sept. 24th!

20 Sep

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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:

  1. Being an exemplary teammate
  2. Showing strong performance in practice and meets that month/since the last Deli Dawg night.
  3. 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!

 

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