Harvin and Logan Lead Team Georgia at the Southern Zone Champs
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 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.
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.
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!