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.
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:
- Monday – Normal Practice
- Tuesday – 4:00-5:00 PM at the YWCO
- Wednesday – Sunday, off.
- 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!!!
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:
- Eliza Petersen – Carson-Newman University
- Anna Rose More – Georgia Southern University
- Caroline Allen – Liberty University
- Mary Claire Cardwell – University of Georgia
- Fear Churchwell – Calvin College
- Ian Hentenaar – Davidson College
- Camille Porter – Auburn University
- Madison Rogan – University of North Carolina, Asheville.
- Skylar Rogan – University of North Carolina, Asheville.
- Aidan Brook – Georgia Tech
- Danielle Dellatorre – University of Georgia
- Berklee Hawks – Berry College
- Grace Mauldin – Georgia Tech
- Alexis Shirley – Air Force Academy
- Owen Churchwell – University of Massachusettes
- Erin Osborne – Rhodes College
- John Morgan McDonald – University of the Cumberlands
Others that swam at least one season in college but moved on to other things:
- Kara Powell – Current 4th year, swam at Towson University
- Robert Wylie – Current 3rd year, swam at West Virginia University
- 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!!
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
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
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!!!
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:
- Demonstrating characteristics of an exemplary teammate
- Performing exceptionally in practice and meets that month/since the last Deli Dawg night.
- 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).