Records, Standards Fall at Age Group State Champs
2/15 - Two new team records were set and lots of new time standards achieved this weekend when one of our larger Age Group State teams competed at the GA Champs at GA Tech. It took a total team effort to secure our 15th place finish with strong relays helping us score almost exactly the same number of points as last year despite not having nearly as many individual scoring swims. Five swimmers, Sarah Jahns, Griffin Hammett, Lauren Diehl, Lindsey Diehl, and Colin Houck all scored individually. Lauren Diehl and Julianna Carey both broke team records in the 50 and 100 fly respectively. Carey also picked up her first AAA (All-Star) time of the season while Ciara Mitchell got her first AA and Ian O'Hara got his first A time.
Over 185 New State Cuts at GA Winter Qualifier
2/8 - Swimmers from ten different metro area clubs achieved over 185 new state cuts at Gwinnett Aquatics' GA Winter Qualifier this weekend. The meet, hosted at Greater Atlanta Christian School's beautiful Freeman Aquatic Center featured single year age group awards and tattoos for new qualifiers. Check out the results using the link below. Thank you to all the volunteers and officials for your help running a great meet.
And while the Gwinnett Aquatics parents were working, so were their swimmers. Eleven swimmers picked up 22 new state cuts, including Danielle Mitchell, who got her first ever. Lindsey Diehl got her first ever AA while Marlowe Misner and Rachel Peden got their first ever A times and Anna Hu, Fred Mitchell, Ella Moulder and Isaac Saenz got their first B times.
Meanwhile a dozen of our Senior team swimmers competed at the High School State Champs with twice as many swimmers as last year scoring. Anna Jahns defended her state title in the 500 free and took 4thi n the 200 while Jacob Rees was 8th in 200 IM. He, Keegan Walsh and Josh Fountain all had consols swims as well. Rees got his first AAAA of the season while Brad Wyzykowski and Bryce Peden got their first AA's.
Over Thirty Compete in Fun Meet, Seniors Start HS Champs Series
1/26 - Over thirty swimmers competed in the Fun Meet Saturday at the Gwinnett Aquatics pool. After some good holiday training, there were tons of best times and a number of swimmers had 100% bests. The results compare their times from the meet (meters) to their times from previous (yards) meets. Ethan Archer and Regina Wright got their first B times of the season.
Meanwhile our Senior swimmers competed at their first of the high school championship meets, the Gwinnett County champs. The GaGa swimmers had one of their best county meets in over 5 years with 9 swimmers making finals and 15 scoring. Anna Jahns defended her title in the 500. Jacob Rees, Keegan Walsh and Josh Fountain had top-5 finishes and Brad Wyzykowski, Abby Culbertson, Matthew Albers, Bryce Peden and Alex Norcini finaled. Norcini got his first AA time while Jarrod Disher got his first BB time. .
GaGa Eighth at Eastern Classic
1/19 - Gwinnett Aquatics finished eighth this weekend at the Eastern Classic. GaGa was edged by Team Charlotte and Colorado Stars despite some solid individual efforts that led to lots of new time standards and state cuts. Anna Jahns led all scorers, winning the 200 and 500 free. Other finalists (top 10) included Julianna Carey, Lauren Diehl, Lindsey Diehl, Bryce Dopson, Charlie Fountain, Griffin Hammett, Russell Hart, Colin Houck, Sarah Jahns, Jacob Rees, Sophie Rees and Hayley Shepard. Rees, Marlowe Misner and Grant Deckers all picked up their first state cuts. Lauren Diehl got her first AAA (All-Star) time. Fountain, Hart and Lina Le got their first A times while Darnell Mitchell got his first BB time.
Gwinnett Aquatics Named "Bronze Medal Club" for 2014
12/16 - USA Swimming announced the list of winners in the 2014 Club Excellence program yesterday and Gwinnett Aquatics was recognized as a Bronze Medal team. This program recognizes the top 200 teams of the over 5000 programs in the country. The top 100 are Gold and Silver teams (most of them quite large) and the next 100 are Bronze. We were around 150th. This is the first time in four years that the team has been recognized at this level.
GwinAq Swimmers Break Through at Woodie B Malone Invite
12/14 - Wow! It has been a big couple weeks for Gwinnett Aquatics swimmers. This weekend GaGa athletes added lots of new time standards and state cuts to their achievements. In fact, our team has increased the number of swimmers with All-Star times five fold and nearly doubled the number of A and above swimmers. At Woodie B we were led by Marlowe Misner, who won seven events, as well as event winners Abby Culbertson, Lauren Diehl, Anna Jahns, Jacob Rees and Keegan Walsh. Walsh and Jahns got their first AAAA's (silver cap) of the season while Rees got his first AAA. Diehl and Griffin Hammett got their first AA's, Daniel Johnson, Samantha Lewis and Riley Spruiell their first A and Grant Deckers, Hailey Dopson, and Harry Duncan earned BB's and Danny Pitts got his first ever B time. Samantha Lewis and Alex Norcini got their first state cuts while 13 of their teammates added over 50 new cuts. .