Long Course Action Continues at Spring Splash
5/22/17 - Gwinnett Aquatics continued the long course season this weekend at the Spring Splash at Dynamo. This was the first meet for many younger swimmers and a one-day tune-up before the others head to the first prelims-finals meet in two weeks. Just like at the kickoff there were lots of swimmers getting to see how much they've improved since last summer with some big drops.
Lauren Diehl, Griffin Hammett, Daniel Johnson and Desymber Richie all got their first AA times; Kaylee McLester, Marlowe Misner, and Darnell Mitchell their first A's, Sahil Khatri his first BB and Addie Shaffer and Freddy Xu their first B times. And a whole bunch of swimmers did some events they had never done long course before!
Next up is the Dixie Classic for swimmers with qualifying times followed by Swim With Dad for everyone.
Long Course Begins!
4/30/17 - Gwinnett Aquatics started the long course season this weekend at the LC Kickoff at Ga Tech. The coaches thought we might get off to a quick start because the work at practice has been so good and they were right. The first meet of every year is always a lot of fun with lots of swimmers getting to see how much they've improved since last summer with some big drops. This year the percentage of best times was even higher than usual. 22 swimmers already have achieved A times, with 9 getting at least AAs and Wes Carter and Issac Saenz already got their All-Star (AAA) times. Ten swimmers had a top three finish with Saenz and Sarah Jahns getting wins. Ruth DeLong got her first B time.
In addition 20 swimmers made state cuts including Hannah and Rachel DeLong who got their first State cut.
Gwinnett Aquatics Second at DivisionalsFirst time higher than third in eight years. Norcini, Carey, 10U Girls break seven team records
3/26/17 - Gwinnett Aquatics finished 2nd at this weekend's Divisional Champs in Augusta posting our highest score in over ten years and breaking out of third for the first in eight years. Eight swimmers combined to win 30 events: Isaac Saenz (9), Marlowe Misner (9), Brielle Mitchell (3), Alex Norcini (4), Josh Fountain (2), Drew Grier Lauren Diehl, and Sarah Jahns. A whopping 77 other swimmers scored, 46 in the top 8! Alex Norcini (4) and Juliana Carey also broke five team records while the 10U Girls broke team records in both relays.
The team also, once again, showed great team spirit. winning the spirit year again. Thanx to all the parents who helped organize the posters, shirts, theme-ware and the catered meals too. It really helped make this a special weekend for the swimmers. Standard breakers for the meet were:
- First AAA (All Star) Times - Lauren Diehl, Charlie Fountain (first ever!)
- First AA Times - Hailey Dopson, Kaylee McLester, Danielle Mitchell, Hayley Shepard, Brad Wyzykowski
- First A Times - Caitlyn Diehl, Russell Hart, Ryan Haskins, Ethan McKinsey, Ian O'Hara, Graham Simmon
- First BB Times - Addison Shaffer
- First B Times - Koralee Pierre
- First Sectional Cuts - Charlie Fountain. Jarod Disher
- First State Cuts - Disher, Lindsay Garrison, Ryan Haskins, Danielle Mitchell, Caitlyn Petmecky, Desymber Richie, Sijia She, Michael Thompson
GwinAq Seniors 12th at ESSZ Senior Sectional Champs
3/13/17 - Gwinnett Aquatics' Senior swimmers had one of their best meets ever at the Senior Sectional Champs this weekend in Greensboro. The seven swimmers combined for 5 team records, had more swimmers medal, score and swim at night than ever before and managed a 12th place finish at a pretty competitive meet.
Alex Norcini and Josh Fountain both medaled in two events, picking up their first AAAAs, Winter Junior National Cuts and Scholastic All-American cuts. Norcini also broke three team records in 200 breast and both IMs. They combined with Drew Grier and Griffin Hammett to break the team record in the 400 Medley relay and Hammett and Daniel Johnson in the 800 free relay.
Sarah Jahns and Daniel Johnson also scored in two events, with Jahns picking up a medal for 5th in the 1650. Johnson and Hammett picked up their first AAA times of the season. Juliana Carey added some AAAs and had a night swim in the 200 back picking up 18th.
It was a great start to the last short course meets for this particular senior group. Next up we get to see the whole group (and team!) in action at Divisionals.
GaGa Third in Medium Team Division at 14U State Champs
2/21/17 - Gwinnett Aquatics' Age Group state team had one of their best meets ever at the 14U Champs this weekend at Ga Tech. Grant Deckers, Marlowe Misner and Isaac Saenz led our largest group ever with 27 scoring swims between them including 9 top-3 finishes. Lindsey Diehl and Darnell Mitchell also scored and our relays all scored, breaking seven team records in the process. With all those scoring swims, GwinAq moved up five places from last year for our highest finish at eighth overall, third in the medium sized teams division.
Misner broke three team records and Saenz one while Misner also picked up her first AAAA time. Additionally Wesley Carter and Darnell Mitchell got their first AAA times, and Deckers, Diehl and Sophie Rees got their first AA times.
Up next we will take eight Senior swimmers to Senior Sectionals and then the ENTIRE team will finish out the season at Divisional Champs March 24-26 at UGA.