Nunnally, Bates Lead ABSC to Highest State Finish Ever!
Georgia Tech – Feb. 16-18, 2018.
ABSC Swam to a 5th place overall finish at 14&under State this weekend, behind two state championships from Jackson Bates (13-14 age group), and three more titles from Ansley Nunnally (9-10 age group). Age Group State Team Scores.
Because ABSC broke the 200-swimmer mark on our rosters this year, we could No longer compete for a top-3 finish in the Medium Division. ABSC had to take on the big programs like Dynamo and Swim Atlanta in the Large Division! Despite that change, ABSC’s 1,363 points were good for 5th in the Large Team Division, and 5th overall as we finished ahead of all the teams in the other two. divisions. That’s fifth place among the 33 teams present at the meet, and the 71 registered Georgia Swimming LSC clubs for the 2017/2018 season.
Jackson Bates, 14, took the first championship of the weekend for ABSC with a surprise win in the 100 breaststroke Friday evening. Jackson was the 3rd seed entering the meet with a seed time of 1:02.53. The top seed swimmer, from Dynamo Swim Club, entered the meet with a seed time of 58.46. Jackson would drop over 2 seconds in prelims to place second going into finals with a time of 1:00.18.
Then at finals, he pullout off the upset. Dropping nearly another second from prelims, Bates pulled away with a strong pullout off the last wall, holding off his competitor and touching the wall in a blazing fast 59.19, his first Senior Sectional qualifying time!
Bates returned to action Saturday night, and once again he wowed the audience with a spectacular performance in the 200 breaststroke. After trailing at the halfway point, Jackson followed coach Jonathan’s instructions to make his move on the 3rd 50, pulling to a slight lead going into the final 50. It was there that Bates left the field in the dust, touching first in a stunning 2:08.38, more than 5 seconds faster than his time from prelims and almost 8 seconds faster than his 2:16.08 seed time coming into the meet! Bates picked up his 2nd Sectional qualifying time, and also his first Future’s qualifying time. It is also the 15th fastest time in the nation this year for a 14-year-old.
Along with Jackson Bates, 10-year-old Ansley Nunnally of the Superpups had the meet of her young life, scoring OVER 200 points all by herself in what may be the highest-scoring individual performance at an ABSC state meet in over 30 years! Nunnally’s 237 points outscored 22 of the 33 TEAMS at the meet BY HERSELF! She never placed lower than 4th in 11 individual events (10&under swimmers could swim 11 different individual events over the weekend, where as 11&older could swim a maximum of 9 due to having to swim prelims and finals).
The story of the weekend for Nunnally included an all out battle with a swimmer from the HLHK Seals Swim Club out of Atlanta, as the 2 traded first and second place finishes most of the weekend. Her first victory came on Saturday in her final individual event of the day, the 100 butterfly, where she improved her time by almost 3 seconds to a blazing fast 1:06.71, a AAAA time and the 21st fastest time in the country this year for 9-10 year-olds.
On Sunday Ansley renewed her battle against the HLHK swimmer. After finishing second to that swimmer in both the 100 and 500 freestyle, Ansley pulled off the upset with a surprisingly fast time of 27.20 in the 50 free for her second championship of the weekend. Two events later, Ansley as back at it with the 200 freestyle, again racing the same swimmer. After easing through the first 50, she began to build her pace on the second and took off on the 3rd! She built a lead on the 3rd 50 that would prove insurmountable, and claimed her 3rd championship of the weekend in a time of 2:11.89 – the 25th fastest time in the country this year!
All in all she claimed 3 state titles, 6 second-place finishes, 1 3rd, and 1 4th. She achieved a personal best time in all 11 events, and her 100 fly, 100 free, and 200 free were all top-30 times in the nation this year.
Along with Jackson and Ansley, ABSC also featured 3 other podium finishers, and multiple other finalists and point-scorers (swimmers placing in the top 20).
- Simon Casey claimed his podium appearance on the first day of the meet, claiming second place overall in the 11-2 1000 freestyle. Simon’s time of 11:03.06 was a 49.42 second improvement, a AAA time, and the 74th fastest time in the nation this year. Casey swam all personal best times, and had
- Karen Zhao took 3rd place in the 200 freestyle, going a personal best 1:53.33, a AAAA time and the 90th fastest time in the country this year. She placed top 10 in all but 3 events and top 20 in all but 2 events to go along with that!
- Eileen Brook claimed 3rd in the 11-12 200 backstroke, improving her best time by more than 6 seconds and moving up from the 5th seed going into the meet. That time was AAA qualifying time for Eileen. She was also 4th in the 100 back and 5th in the 50 back, and went almost all personal best times.
Other key swims and notes from the meet:
- Julian Attaway swam personal bests in all but one event, and was 20th in the 200 fly, dropping over 3 and a half seconds.
- Eli Bates was a member of 2 top 10 relays, and swam a personal best in the 200 breaststroke by almost exactly 7 seconds with a time of 2:46.78.
- Emma Champer featured on the A 13-14 medley relay that placed 12th overall, and swam a strong 1000 free in time of 11:29.13.
- Jenna Champer achieved personal best times in every event she swam, including a 21 second improvement in her 1000 and an 8.13 second drop in the 500 for a time of 5:27.04
- Alexandra Clifton swam the freestyle leg of the girls 10&under 8th place 200 medley relay, scoring 30 points for the team in that race!
- Olivia DellaTorre had one of the strongest meets by an ABSC swimmer, achieving all personal best times and qualifying in the A final on several events! She dropped 7.6!!! seconds on her 100 breast, and almost 10 on her 200 breast, achieving a Senior Sectional time and her first Future’s cut with a time of 2:22.66.
- Ella Dillon placed in the top 20 in every single one of her events, scoring points in every event. She improved her 500 free by 26.01 seconds, and placed 10th in the 50 breast with a time of 40.42. She achieved personal bests in all but 2 events.
- Parker Fagrell achieved personal best times in all but 1 event, and placed 17th overall in the 200 backstroke with a 6.28 second drop for a time of 2:27.14
- Aubree-Clare Flores had an impressive showing in her 200 backstroke, achieving a personal best time of almost 2 seconds after dropping several seconds in the event only weeks earlier.
- Will Foggin achieved personal best times in all but 2 events, including dropping almost 3 seconds in both his 200 fly and 200 IM. He achieved top 20 finishes in both the 500 free, and the 400 IM with a time of 4:29.02, an almost 3.5 second personal best.
- Ella Freeman achieved personal best times in every single event, including finaling in the 200 breast and improving her best time by more than 8.6 seconds, down to a 2:32.40. She also took off 5.40 in her 1000 free.
- Ansley Halbach was perfect on the best time list as well, including huge time drops of 32.61 in the 1000, 8.55 in the 200 back, and 8.77 in the 400 IM.
- David Hiss went 2-2 on personal bests, winning his heat in the 50 breast and anchoring our 200 freestyle relay that finished 11th overall
- Daniel Huang swam several best times and improved his freestyle swims a lot, dropping his 100 by 1.16 seconds, his 1000 by 6.34, and getting under 2 minutes in his 200 free.
- Gavin Jones went personal best times in most events, placed top 15 in both the 1000 and 500 free, and took off an astounding 30.33 seconds on his 1000, for a new personal best of 10:12.30, achieving a AAA time in the event.
- Shaan Kanaa split a personal best on his relay for the 10&under boys, and helped them to an 11th place finish, scoring 22 points in that one swim.
- Henry Logan placed top 20 in all but 2 events, placing 4th in the 200 back with a time of 1:57.94 and achieving a AAA time.
- Payton Morrison posted a new personal best time in his 100 breaststroke with a super fast 1:09.47, a personal best by more than 3 seconds!
- Luke Phillips achieved a personal best on all 5 of his individual events, winning his heat 3 out of 5 times and over 2 seconds on his 50 and 100 backstroke
- Rebecca Pursner was a strong member on all 4 relays for ABSC as they placed top 10 in 3 out of four, and she dropped an impressive 24.65 seconds on her 200 fly for a final time of 2:39.91.
- Emily Schulz made finals in her 100 butterfly with a personal best time of 1:00.56, dropping nearly 2 seconds, and was a member of 2 top-10 relays.
- Kailey Teyner dropped 3 seconds on her 100 breaststroke on Sunday, coming out of nowhere for the 10th place overall finish in the meet with a time of 1:28.53! She also swam on the 10&under relay that placed 8th.
- Ginny Thorsen swam a blazing fast 1000 yard freestyle in 11:59.19, breaking the 12 minute barrier despite swimming it for the first time short course! She was also a big contributor on relays, anchoring all 4 for the 11-12 girls!
- Mckee Thorsen achieved personal bests in all but 1 event, dropping more than 3 seconds on his 200 fly for a fast time of 2:18.76, and contributing on four different relay over the weekend.
- Torin Trotter achieved a personal best time on his 100 freestyle, dropping nearly a second despite dropping several seconds to achieve the time 2 weeks ago. He also swam a personal best on his relay leadoff, achieving a new 50 free state time in the process!
- James Xiao achieved several best times for ABSC, including a 4.12 second drop for a 2:11.49 in his 200 back! He was also a major relay contributor.
- Ryan Xiao found personal bests in most of his events, including a nearly 10 second drop in his 1000 free, and almost 8 more seconds in his 200 breast!
- Jack Yu accomplished personal bests on all but 1 swim, including a huge 11.77 second drop on his 200 breast and a 4.01 second improvement on his 100 breast!
It was an amazing meet by all participants, and now we set our sights on the ultimate team battle, the Northeast Divisional Championships!!!