Gwinnett Aquatics Defends Third at Northeast DivisionalsHammett, Rees break four team records
3/21/16 - Gwinnett Aquatics finished 3rd at this weekend's Divisional Champs in Augusta besting last year's score which was already a three-year high. Three swimmers: Hailey Dopson (9), Griffin Hammett (8), and Jacob Rees combined for 18 event victories while a whopping 31 others had a top-8 finish. Hammett and Rees combined to break four team records. Rees also got his Scholastic All-American time. Juliana Carey got her first ever Futures cut.
The team also, once again, showed great team spirit. Thanx to all the parents who helped organize the posters, shirts, theme-ware and the catered meals too, (Thanx Judy!)! It really helped make this a special weekend for the swimmers. Standard breakers for the meet were:
- First AAAA (Silver Cap) Times - Rees, Hammett
- First AA Times - Marilyn Coughlin, Grant Deckers, Jarod Disher
- First A Times - Darnell Mitchell, Caitlyn Petmecky
- First BB Times - Taylor Bowling, Austin Bynum, Bennett Culbertson, David Duong, Janelle Mitchell, Caroline Smith, Blake Wilson
- First B Times - Brielle Mitchell
- First Sectional Cuts - Matthew Albers, Alex Norcini, Brad Wyzykowski
- First State Cuts - Coughlin, Disher, Charlie Fountain, Desymber Richie
Seniors Race the Celebrities in Knoxville, GaGa Tunes Up for Divisionals at Gainesville
3/7/16 - Gwinnett Aquatics' sectional team competed at the star-studded Southern Premier in Knoxville, TN this weekend. The meet featured some of the fastest swimmers in the country including the always popular Ryan Lochte (swimmoms were swooning in the stands). Meanwhile Josh Fountain swam to a 12th pace finish in the 1500 while Alex Norcini, Juliana Carey and Matthew Albers all picked up some additional Sectional qualifying times.
Meanwhile the bulk of the team was getting in one last racing opportunity before the Divisional Champs. Being situated as it was between our big Qualifier meet and the season champs, there were not a lot of new standards achieved but there was plenty of great racing.
New Standards Fall at 14U State Champs
2/21/16 - Gwinnett Aquatics' Age Group state team competed at 14U Champs this weekend at Ga Tech. It was a slightly smaller team than last year but more competitive in the relays. Thanks to those relays, and despite having fewer swimmers score individually, GwinAq moved up two places from last year to thirteenth overall, sixth in the medium sized teams division. Individually Lindsey Diehl and Griffin Hammett led the way with Diehl recording nine top ten scores and Hammett scoring in six events. .
Samantha Lewis and Rachel Peden picked up their first AAA times while Ryan Haskins got his first AA time. With far fewer swimmers aging up next season (six state swimmers aged up in the last 2 months), we should have a great long course state team!
GA Winter Qualifier
2/14/16 - The Gwinnett Aquatics GA Winter Qualifier was this weekend at Greater Atlanta Christian school in Norcross. Over 230 swimmers competed with about 50 new state cuts achieved. The meet featured all events for age groupers, single year age groups for awards and special tattoos for new state champs qualifiers.
The GaGa swimmers made the most of the opportunity with half a dozen swimmers picking up a dozen new state cuts, including Russel Hart getting his first one for this year and Aaliah Mobley getting her first one ever! In addition Hailey Dopson got her first ever A time and Ella Moulder her first BB. And there were a slew of new B times: Caroline Davis, Hannah DeLong, Alyaan Jiwani, Brodie McCluggage, Catie Rovie, Brandon Shepard, and Zoe Wilson.
Senior Swimmers Successful at HS State
2/7 - Gwinnett Aquatics senior swimmers wrapped up their most successful high school season in three years this weekend at the State Champs at Ga Tech. Nineteen swimmers competed in prelims Friday with six retuning for finals in 11 events on Saturday. Jacob Rees, Josh Fountain and Drew Grier all made top 8 while Juliana Carey, Matthew Albers and Alex Norcini were in consols. Fountain earned the first AAAA (sliver cap) time for the team this year while Kevin Kooh got his first state cut. Rees swam on the state-record breaking 400 free relay for Brookwood who also won the meet.