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With the Ramsey Center being closed between Christmas and New Year’s, this year’s Holiday Training Schedule will be different from the past. Seniors will be doing self-directed workouts, some Dawgs will be traveling to Swim Atlanta, and Supers will be training at the YWCO. If you have a question about what you should do, please check with your group’s coach.
ABSC has had a second of our seniors commit to swim in college, this time to a school just across our western border. Camille Porter, a sprint freestyler and backstroker signed this week with the Auburn Tigers. In explaining her decision Camille says,
I chose Auburn University because it felt like home as soon as I stepped on campus last summer. I loved the family atmosphere and everyone on the team. The Auburn coaches have been awesome throughout the process and I know they will help me achieve all of my goals in swimming and life. I was born into a family divided between Auburn and Georgia but now I am so happy to say I’m 100% an Auburn Tiger. War Eagle!
Congratulations to Camille on her decision. We look forward to her return to Athens next year when she’s wearing the orange and blue!
ABSC Senior backstroker, Mary Claire Cardwell has decided to stay home and don the Red & Black. In explaining her decision she says:
I chose UGA because it’s a great academic school and I absolutely love the team and coaches. I also feel very comfortable there because it’s where my club team practices. I’m so excited to be a Bulldog!!
Mary Claire looks to contribute to the Bulldogs’ depth in the backstroke and sprint free. Congratulations to this, the first of our Seniors to find a college home. We on the staff of ABSC look forward to seeing where the rest of our swimmers land!
Three ABSC senior girls have recently committed to swimming with collegiate programs. Anna Rose Moore (North Oconee High School), Eliza Petersen (North Oconee High School), and Annie Williamson (Oconee County High School) will continue their swimming career well past the days of ABSC.
Anna Rose Moore has committed to swimming with the Georgia Southern Eagles starting with the 2015-2016 season. She is following in the steps of many great ABSC-ers, including Coach Pirie who recently graduated from Georgia Southern. Although she is not the first to swim at Georgia Southern, she will certainly be creating a path of her own. “Anna Rose will add a lot of depth to the freestyle group at Georgia Southern,” said Coach Jos. “She has a lot of range in her freestyle events and can compete in the butterfly events, as well.”
200 Free: 1:53.86
500 Free: 5:03.08
1650 Free: 17:34.45
100 Fly: 58.92
Anna Rose felt that Georgia Southern was the best fit for her. “The team was so welcoming that I immediately felt at home right off the bat.” Coach Jos believes that “Georgia Southern and Coach Nate will do a fantastic job with her!” We couldn’t agree more, Coach Jos!
The coaches really care about their swimmers’ success both in and out of the pool. I am beyond happy to be a GSU Eagle next year!”
As she wraps up her final year with ABSC, Anna Rose reflects on the impact ABSC has had on her development as a swimmer and person. “I think that I will be really prepared for college swimming because of how we train at ABSC. Lots of our practices are intense and high in yardage, so I know that I can handle whatever comes my way in college. ABSC and high school swimming have both taught me how to be a teammate and a team player,” said Anna Rose. Luckily, Anna Rose has one final year to embrace the ABSC lifestyle and finish strong.
Eliza Petersen has committed to swimming with the Carson-Newman Eagles starting with the 2015-2016 season. After finishing 10th in the mile at Northeast Divisionals this past year, Eliza has proved she has a lot to offer Carson-Newman as an incoming freshman. “Eliza is a very versatile freestyler. She has a great work ethic and will be a huge contributor to Carson-Newman’s program,” commented Coach Jos.
500 Free: 5:28.17
1000 Free: 11:27.45
1650 Free: 18:48.36
“I committed to Carson-Newman because it has two potential majors I am considering (Nutrition and Physical Therapy) as well as an exciting, new swimming program, ” Eliza said about why she chose Carson-Newman. “My freshman year will be the third year of the swimming program. The head coach, Paige McCord, is enthusiastic and committed to growing this program. I was equally impressed by the athletic director who expressed his commitment to grow the program. The team is a tight knit group comprised of both women and men who are highly committed to academic excellence.”
I feel Carson Newman is a place where I can excel athletically, academically and spiritually.
Eliza explained that she is better prepared for swimming at Carson-Newman because of her time spent with ABSC. “ABSC has prepared to swim at the college level by instilling a strong work ethic. I have had a wide variety of coaches who have taught me valuable swimming techniques and leadership skills.”
Annie Williamson has committed to swimming with the University of Georgia Bulldogs. Annie will join the defending National Championship UGA Women’s Swimming Team (and current #1 ranked NCAA women’s swimming team according to SwimSwam.com) at the beginning of the 2015-2016 season. A 2nd place finish in the 50-yard Freestyle and 5th place finish in the 100-yard Freestyle at Senior State this past year sets Annie up to be an exciting sprint addition to the Georgia women’s team. Coach Jos added that “Annie will be a great addition to the team and can be an immediate contributor to Georgia relays.”
50 Free: 23.38
100 Free: 51.89
200 Free: 1:54.10
“I chose UGA for many different reasons. Georgia has always been my ‘dream school’. The coaching staff is unbeatable. They succeed not only in the pool but in the classroom as well. The facilities are amazing, and the team is so welcoming,” said Annie. She left her recruiting trip knowing the team would be a perfect fit for her. “I am definitely considered a homebody. Being able to say I’m 10 miles away from my family is so perfect and convenient.”
Of course, Annie credits ABSC for where she is as she heads into her collegiate swimming career. “Throughout the years at ABSC I’ve grown physically, mentally, and emotionally. ABSC has shown me how much determination and focus this sport takes. With Harvey writing longer distance practices, I’m more confident and prepared for any workout given to me at the college level.”
Georgia is all around just an incredible school and the best decision I could have made.
Annie also gives credit to Coach Jos, who has been an asset to her senior year with ABSC. “With the help from Jos, I’ve reevaluated my goals and discussed what I want to achieve through my swimming career. With that being said, I couldn’t be more honored and excited to swim for the University of Georgia. Go Dawgs!”
We are excited to see what the future holds both for Anna Rose, Eliza, and Annie. Congratulations, Ladies!
With October on the horizon, It is time once again to begin thinking about our annual Swim-a-Thon. This has always been an important fundraiser for our team, but this year it is even more essential that all members of ABSC participate. Let me take a moment to explain why. We at ABSC are fortunate in that our home pool is one of the premier facilities in the country, but such access does not come without associated costs. Over the past few years our pool rental hascontinued to increase. We have been able to offset much of the increased cost through swim meets and sponsorships, but to keep from raising swimmer dues further, we must have an effective Swim-a-Thon.
In the Swim-a-Thon each athlete is asked to gather pledges from neighbors, family, and friends. Pledges can either be based on the number of laps swum (with a maximum of 200) or set for a fixed amount. On the day of the Swim-a-Thon, the entire team gathers at the Ramsey Center where they have two hours to complete their laps. Gups generally swim as many laps as they can in the time allotted, Pups are encouraged to swim a minimum of 100 laps, while Super Pups, Dawgs and Seniors do the entire amount. Superpups, Pups and Gups need to supply a counter (usually a friend or a parent) who sits in the stands and keeps track of the laps swum. After the Swim-a-Thon is complete, participants collect their pledges and turn the money in by the due date (Monday, October 20th). Prizes are awarded to all who participate and top fundraisers will receive a special awards package.
This year the Swim-a-Thon will be held on Sunday, October 5th from 4 to 6 pm. For more information, click here to download the 2014 Swim-a-Thon information form.
From July 10th through 13th, ABSC will be hosting some of the top swimmers in the nation at the first-ever Bulldog Grand Slam.
Conceived as meet to fill the “void in the racing schedule between the final stop on the Grand Prix circuit in Santa Clara in mid-June and USA Swimming’s National Championships,” the Grand Slam was originally intended to be for swimmers from ABSC, North Baltimore, SwimMAC, and Swim Atlanta. However, in the time since it was announced at the Charlotte Grand Prix, it has grown to include world class athletes from over a dozen teams.
Headlining the competition will be the expected matchup between NBAC’s Michael Phelps and SwimMAC’s Ryan Lochte, but the catalog of swimming’s elite doesn’t end with the two men. ABSC’s Megan Romano and Shannon Vreeland will be reunited with their UGA teammate and current NBAC swimmer, Allison Schmitt. And the rest of the psych sheet reveals a meet that will be both deep and fast, with names like Yannick Agnel, Ous Mellouli, Conor Dwyer, Nick Fink, and Nick Thoman among the men; Micah Lawrence, Lotte Friis, Olivia Smoliga, and Kylie Stewart among the women.
All Session Passes for the Grand Slam Passes are available, and will be sold online from June 30th – July 8th. Passes are $35 each and include a Heat Sheet.
Single session tickets will be sold on a first come/first served basis. Tickets for individual sessions will be available at the Ramsey Center ticket booth at a cost of $5.00 for Prelims and Timed Finals; $10.00 for Finals. Individual session ticket sales will be cash only. Ticket windows will open 1 hour prior to each meet session.
For more information, see the Bulldog Grand Slam updates in the Hosted Meets section of this website.
On Friday, June 20th, over a dozen ABSC swimmers launched into the pool to help out with The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.
This event, sponsored by a coalition of the nation’s leading water safety and training organizations, takes place every year at the end of June. All across the nation, swim instructors and their students take to the water at the same time, in an effort to promote water safety and introduce children to the sport of swimming.
Organized locally by the Athens Clarke County Department of Leisure Services, this was the debut of the WLSL in our area, and for those who participated, the experience was well worth the time, as over a hundred non-swimming children at four locations received instruction on their strokes.
ABSC swimmers who participated include:
East Athens: Coach Kevin Taylor, Anna Ash, Jacob Colquitt, Grace Mauldin, Nick Mauldin, Jake Mauldin and Lena Visser
Lay Park: Caroline Allen, Megan Measel, and Alexis Shirley
Rocksprings: Evan Brook, Hannah Scarbrough and Troy Zhao
Memorial Park: Danielle Dellatorre, Madison Rogan, and Skylar Rogan
In a letter to the ABSC participants, Ben Nyquist, the organizer for this year’s event wrote, “I got nothing but great feedback and complements on the program and how much help you all were. I know all of you have a very busy summer schedules with practice, coaching, etc., so to take the time last Friday to help these kids improve their swimming skills meant not only a ton to me but to the parents of these children as well.”
To those who helped out we, on the staff, would like to echo those sentiments, saying “great job and taters all around!”
Now that summer is here, it’s time to turn our attention to long course pools and swimming outside.
Though our schedule for the summer will, for the most part, remain the same as it has in years past, ABSC is pleased to announce that through our partnership with the YWCO and ACC Leisure Services, we will be offering an opportunity for Underdawgs, Gups, Pups, and Masters to extend their training through the entire summer season (May 27th – July 25th).
Masters will switch their training time to the mornings and move outside, as they take up residence at Bishop Park, which can now be set up in long and short course configurations.
Though most practices will be short course, the schedule will include a long course training session every Wednesday. The cost is a $125 flat fee. Practices will run as follows:
- Monday, 6:00 to 7:00 am at the YWCO,
- Tuesday through Friday, 6:30 to 7:30 am at Bishop Park (long course on Wednesdays)
For Pups, Gups, and Underdawgs, we are offering “a taste of long course” to supplement their summer league schedule. This includes a weekly practice at Ramsey and an invitation to participate in long course meets. The cost for the Taste of Long Course is a $100 flat fee.
- Wednesday, 9:00 to 10:30 am at Ramsey
First of all, we’d like to welcome back all of our Oconee swimmers who were on Spring Break last week. We missed you at the pool!
This week, the Dawgs will be with Coach Jess all week, as Coach Jonathan is taking some much needed recovery time (coaches need rest, too!) Here’s what the Dawgs can expect this week:
- Tuesday: 30 minutes dryland; 1.5 hours swimming
- Wednesday: 2 hours swimming (combined w/ Superpups)
- Thursday: 30-45 minutes dryland; 1.5-1.25 hours swimming
- Friday: 30-45 minutes dryland; 1.5-1.25 hours swimming (w/ Superpups)
Please make sure you have proper shoes and clothing for dryland. Dryland location and activities will be decided pending weather conditions on Tuesday and Thursday. And of course, you should always come to the pool with your swim equipment, ready to jump in at 5:30 (on non-dryland days). Your kickboard will be especially important this week *hint, hint*.
If you have questions about the Dawgs practice group this week, please feel free to contact Coach Jess at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With UGA hosting the SEC Championship meet, ABSC will go to a modified practice schedule for the week of February 17th – 21st. Please read over the following carefully and let your group’s coach know if you have any questions.
- Gups and Underdogs will swim as usual at the Athens YWCO.
- Pups will practice at the Athens YWCO on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 4:30 to 5:30 pm.
- Superpups and Dawgs will practice on Monday at Ramsey from 6:00 to 7:30 pm; and Tuesday through Friday at Ramsey from 5:00 to 6:30 am.
- Seniors will practice on Monday at Ramsey from 6:00 to 8:00 pm; and Tuesday through Friday at Ramsey from 5:00 to 6:30 am.
- Masters will practice at Ramsey on Monday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm; Tuesday/Thursday at the YWCO from 6:00 to 7:00 am; and Wednesday/Friday at Ramsey from 5:00 to 6:00 am