Wylie, Logan Lead ABSC at Senior State
Dec. 8-10, Atlanta, Ga.
Snowy weather couldn’t prevent ABSC from burning up the pool at the Senior State meet in Atlanta this past weekend!
ABSC placed seventh overall out of the roughly 40 teams that appeared in the meet, and Ryan Wylie and Charlie Logan lead the way for the Dawgs. Just like the UGA football team performs well at Georgia Tech, ABSC swimmers do the same!
The Dawgs got things started on the first day of the meet with four swimmers placing in the top 25 in the 200 freestyle. Jackson Harvin placed 2nd overall in the event with a blazing 1:40.93 at finals, less than 1 second away from the Junior National time. Logan placed 3rd overall in 1:41.74, and Wylie came fourth in 1:42.25. Personal bests for all three. John Morgan McDonald also finaled in the event, coming 25th with a 1:45.50, improving upon his old lifetime best of a 1:46.
Not surprisingly, those four men combined to place 3rd overall in the 4×200 freestyle relay. McDonald improved upon his individual time by splitting a 1:44.27 on his leg of the relay.
While every ABSC swimmer in the meet performed well, Ryan Wylie and Charlie Logan each accomplished something very noteworthy to lead the team at the meet!
Wylie lit up the pool this weekend, placing 2nd overall in the meet in the 1000 yard freestyle. This is impressive for two reasons: First, he’s only 14-years-old and this is a senior level meet, meaning the vast majority of his competition was 15-18 years old. Second, his time of 9:36.10 was the fastest time in the nation this year for a 14 year-old, marking the second time he’s posted a nation-topping time this year.
Wylie’s personal best time of a 4:36.64 was the 3rd fastest 500 free in the nation this year for his age, and his 1:42.25 200 free was also the 3rd fastest nationwide.
Logan’s meet was particularly impressive as he picked up his first short course Junior National Qualifying time in the 200 backstroke, with a time of 1:50.29. Charlie had qualified this summer for the same event during the long course season. He went on post personal best times in all but one event on the weekend, and he placed 2nd place overall in scoring for the men’s High Point award at the meet!
ABSC rounded out the meet with strong showings from each of the following athletes that attended:
- Caedmon Churchwell: Personal best time in 5 events, including a 3.61 second drop on his 100 IM.
- Brynn Halbach: Personal bests in 2 out of 3 swims, with a 7 second improvement in her 1000 freestyle. (She also swam at our Classic City meet on Monday and Tuesday, and performed extremely well there.
- Jackson Harvin: Second place finish in the 200 free, 4th place finish in the 200 IM, and personal best times in every event he swam! He was a big contributor to scoring for ABSC on individuals and relays.
- Ava Kennedy: An impressive 56.30 in the 100 free and 25.29 in the 50 free.
- John Morgan McDonald: Personal best times in 6 events, and finishing top 25 in 5 of them.
- Macy Mullis: Personal best times in 3/6 events, including a 3rd place overall finish in the 100 back, and a 4.33 second improvement in the 100 IM.
- Karen Zhao: Personal best times in 4 events, including a 16.84 second improvement in the 1000 freestyle.