6/7 - Information, including the meet event file for participating teams, is now available for the 2016 Georgia 14U State Champs to be held July 14-17 at Georgia Tech, sponsored by All-American Swim Supply. Click on the logo below at right to the meet site.
This year's meet will be 3 1/2 days with distance events on Thurday evening and prelims/finals for 11-14 yr olds Friday-Sunday. Timed final events for 10Us will be Friday-Sunday afternoons.
GwinAq Attack on the Eastern Seaboard!
Records and Standards fall all over the South.
6/28 - Gwinnett Aquatics once again had two squads in competition this weekend but this time in two states. 22 swimmers took their act to Florida for the SYS Open while 50 more were in Cumming for the Henry the 8th Invite. Between the two meets there was a lot of fast swimming going on. In fact it was some of the fastest mid-season swimming we have done in recent memory.
Between the two meets we had a new team record, five new state qualifiers and 18 swimmers pick up first time standards. At a very competitive meet in Sarasota we had more swimmers in finals then ever before while in Cumming Isaac Saenz, Marlowe Misner, Griffin Hammett and Jacob Rees all won events. Hammett broke his own team record in the the 10 fly while Saenz picked up his first ever AAAA (Silver Cap!)
Time Standard Achievers at the two meets were:
- First AAAA (Silver Cap) Times - Saenz
- First AAA Times - Lauren Diehl, Josh Fountain, Drew Grier, Sarah Jahns
- First AA Times - Marilyn Coughlin, Abby Culbertson, Charlie Fountain, Daniel Johnson
- First A Times - Lindsey Diehl, Nia Fraser, Jen Narde, Maggie Nguyen, Riley Spruiell, Ella Smith
- First BB Times - Hanna Burke, Sahil Khatri
- First B Times - Ruthie DeLong
- First State Cuts - Coughlin, Bennett Culbertson, Caitlyn Diehl, Fraser, Ian O'hara
Team Splits for Open Water, Swim with Dad
6/12 - Gwinnett Aquatics had two different squads in competition this weekend. Saturday about 20 swimmers competed at the Death Valley Open Water swim in Clemson while another 60 were at the Swim With Dad Invite at Georgia Tech.
At Death Valley Josh Fountain won 3 of the four races and took 2nd in his age group in the feature race, the 5k (3rd overall). His toughest competition in 2 of those was his brother Charlie who took 2nd. Those two, along with Jarod Disher, Daniel Johnson, and Jacy MacConvery did all 4 races for a total of 9.5k). We also had a good group of first timers: Hanna Burke, Bennet Culbertson, Caitlin Petmecky and Isaac Saenz.
Meanwhile the group at Tech were taking great advantage of the extra opportunity to race long course. Marlowe Misner and Jacob Rees both won events. bryce Dopson picked up his first AA time of the season while Darnell Mitchell and Brad Wyzykowski got their first A's. Bennet Clubertson, Grace Fleming and Riley Spruiell got their first BBs while Abby Bold, Taylor Bowling, Sarah Burton, Elena Kaiser, Emily Morgan all got their first B times.
Standards Fall at Dixie ClassicMisner, Hammett break team records
6/6 - Nearly 40 swimmers competed in the Dixie Classic meet this weekend at Dynamo. It was the first prelims/finals meet of the season so there some pretty good time drops and quite a few new standards made. Marlowe Misner led the way winning all 10 events that she swam. Griffin Hammett, Isaac Saenz and Alex Zhong also won events. Misner and Hammett also each broke a club record in the 50 back and 100 fly repsectively..
Jacob Rees picked up the first AAAA of the season in 50 free which was also a Scholastic All-American cut. Misner and Samantha Lewis got their first AAA of the season while Juliana Carey, Lauren Diehl and Josh Fountain got their first AAs. Caitlin Petmecky got her first A time and Hannah Claire Jowers and Jen Narde got their first BB times.
It was also a good meet for new State cuts, Hannah Claire got her very first one while Grant Deckers, Lauren Diehl, Lindsey Diehl and Hayley Shepard got their first cuts of the season.
Meanwhile Sarah Jahns was competing with the Georgia Open Water Zone Team at the Open Water Champs in Fort Myers, FL. Sarah took 9th in the 15-16 race against a very competitive field. The course had been shortened to 2.5k due to high water temps.
Rosenburg Invite, Rain and Racing
5/21 - Swimmers at the Rosenburg Spring Invite, with its attendant rain, got off early this year. After a year off, the Invite returned this year with a new format and a completely tolerable afternoon shower. the swimmers capitalized with a host of first time long course swims, new best times and new time standards.
Another change was that we swam the meet as a dual meet with Lifetime Fitness. The scoring was tight in most events with. GA taking the win 874-620 mostly on the 400, 800 free and 200 IM events.
Isaac Saenz got his first ever AAA (All-Star) time while Matthew Albers, Marlowe Misner, and Drew Grier got their first AA's. Bryce and Hailey Dopson got their first A times while Harry Duncan, Ryan Haskins and Ella Smith got their first BB times. Bennett Culbertson, Hannah Delong, David Duong, Grace Fleming, Lina Le, Ella Moulder, Devin Petmecky, Sydney Spruiell and Dylan Willis got their first B times (first ever for Fleming and Willis!).
Long Course Season Kicks Off at Ga Tech
5/1/16 - Over fifty GaGa swimmers kicked off the long course season this weekend at the Long Course Kickoff at Georgia Tech. 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. Even some of the teens in the morning got to get some PRs, which doesn't happen as often in season for older swimmers.
This year we're also off to a faster start than last year with a number of swimmers already picking up AAA (Griffin Hammett, Alex Norcini) and AA (Samantha Lewis, Rachel Peden, Isaac Saenz) times. New swimmer Freddy Xu even picked up his first State cut!
Check out the results using the links below.
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