First Meet Weekend Success - Recapping both meets.
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!!!