GaGa 14th at Senior State Champs
7/25 - Most of the Gwinnett Aquatics senior group finished out the season this weekend at the Senior State Champs at UGA. While most of the swimmers had their big meet at Sectionals and three swimmers still headed to Zones and Futures, the meet was still a good one for a group of swimmers
Josh Fountain broke Alex Norcini's 400 IM record en route to a 4th place finish and the boys re-broke the 400 Medley Relay record while missing two 200 relays records by less than .1 seconds. Drew Grier scored three events with a 4th in the 50 fly and Charlie Fountain scored for the first time ever taking 12th in the 1500.
This week Juliana Carey will be competing in Tupelo with the GA Zone team while Alex Norcini and Drew Grier will travel to Nashville for the Futures Champs.
Ga-Ga 2nd in Medium Team Division at Age Group State!
Following our best-ever finish at the SCY Age Group State Champs back in February, our 14&U swimmers topped that one in the LCM meet held last week at Ga Tech, finishing 9th overall and 2nd amongst the Medium Teams Division. This is our highest ever finish at a State Champs! Individually the team was led in scoring by Issac Saenz, who won 2 events and medaled in 6 others! Marlowe Misner, our next top-scorer, also had a top-3 finish and multiple scoring swims; Graham Simmon and Lauren Diehl also had multiple scoring swims each, and Lindsey Diehl rounded up our individual scorers.
And while our swimmers had plenty of individual highlights, it was our Ga-Ga Relays that really made a difference in the team scoring, and provided some of our best swims of the weekend, including a whooping 8 New Club Records! The 12&U foursome of Lindsey Diehl, Desymber Richie, Marlowe Misner and Hanna Burke broke a record in all 4 of their swims! Not to be outdone, the 10&U quartet of Hannah-Claire Jowers, Grace Fleming, Caitlyn Diehl and Cate Rovie also broke a record both times they were combined! Finally, the 14&U Girls (Haley Burke, Maggie Nguyen, Lauren Diehl, Ava Gawronski) and the 12&U Boys (Nolan Patterson, Graham Simmon, Isaac Saenz) both broke the 400 Medley Record for their age group!
Saenz picked up his first AAAA(s) of the season and also broke the team record in the 10&U 100 Fly! Simmon picked up his first-ever AAA, and Rachel DeLong picked up her first-ever A time. Simmon, as well as Caitlyn Diehl, Ryan Haskins and Dylan Yin were all 100% best times! For our Age Groupers, this was a great way to cap off a season in which we kept getting better and better, and especially on those older age groups it showed how much of a difference it makes to have a consistent attendance through the season, and especially the commitment to train and follow the plan for the summer season.
And of course, we couldn't mention Age Group State without a HUGE THANK YOU to all our parents (and swimmers) who helped us run the meet! While we struggled a little more this year than in the past to fill-up our volunteer slots, there were quite a few families who gave up so much of their time to make this meet a success: in the hospitality room, as officials, or on deck as times, runners, and a variety of other jobs! Once again we heard tons of positive feedback from other teams, and have maintained our great reputation as an organization that does things right - and deservedly so!
Georgia 2017 14 and Under Long Course State Championships
7/24 - The 2017 Georgia Long Course Age Group State Championship hosted by Gwinnett Aquatics wrapped up Sunday night with the announcement of team scores, high point individuals, and the Georgia Zone Team roster. SwimAtlanta, Marietta Marlins, and Tiftarea Tidal Wave took home first place trophies in their respective division. High Point winners were: Elyssa Maust (GCAT), Gaby VanBrunt (GCAT), Rye Ulett (DYNA) Samantha Mobley (LINS), Daniel Bao (DYNA), Caleb Paek (SA), Thomas Xiao (DYNA), and: Nicklas Bohn (DYNA).
Congratulations to all of the swimmers, coaches, parents, and fans for a successful championship meet weekend. And thank you to the officials, volunteers, and Gwinnett Aquatics family for hosting this year’s meet.
Dynamo Swim Club 4080.5
Chattahoochee Gold 1799
|Marietta Marlins 1267
Gwinnett Aquatics 444
Summit Swimming 417.5
|Tiftarea Tidal Wave 342
Carpet Capital 252.5
HLHK Seals 186
Registration Now Open for 2017-18 Swim Team, Lessons, Clinics
8/6 - Registration is now open to the public for our 2017-18 Swim Team as well as our Fall swim lessons and stroke clinics. Those registering for 2017-18 will be able to start during our pre-season mini-camp that starts August 14. The regular season will start September 5. Lessons start August 15. We will also have three clinics this Fall: our 13 and Over Training camp in August, our Homeschool Stroke Clinic starting in September and our 14U Stroke Clinic starting in October! Registration is now open for all three.
PLEASE NOTE: Some groups are now at their registration limit. If you are evaluated for one of the groups that are full, sign up on the waiting list. We will update from that list weekly until we are at capacity.
- 2017-18 Swim Team - Blue, Gold now on waitlist.
- Clinics: 13 and Over Training Clinic, Homeschool Clinic, 14U Stroke Clinic
- Fall Swim Lessons
Championship Meets, Round TwoNorcini, Fountain, Sr Boys Break Six Team Records
7/17 - GaGa swimmers continued their run of championship meets this weekend at the Columbus EOS Invite and the Senior Sectional Champs in Athens. Over 25 swimmers competed in Columbus. Hanna Burke, Jarod Disher, Wesley Carter and Nolan Patterson all won events and Patterson and Desymber Richie picked up new state cuts. Olivia Yeiser got her first ever B times.
Meanwhile at Senior Sectionals a group of eight senior swimmers were putting together the best Senior Long Course Champs Meet we've ever had. WE usually don't take a lot to this meet as it is dominated by college swimmers. But this year we had eight swimmers go and had multiple finalists every night. Alex Norcini and Josh Fountain both picked up their first AAAA times as well as three team records. They, together with Griffin Hammett, Daniel Johnson and Drew Grier also broke all three Senior Relay records. Alex's new times also moved him back into the top 20 in the country in the IMX rankings. Fountain and Sarah Jahns also scored individually in the distance events with Jahns missing a top-8 finish by .05! And it was against the girl right next to her as they raced furiously on the last 50.
Championship Meets Kick Off at Dynamo End of Season Meet
7/10 - The big last meets of the season kicked off this weekend at Dynamo at the End of Season Invite. Over 50 swimmers took to their last long course meet with mostly great success as reflected by the number of wins and the new standards achieved. Grant Deckers and Isaac Saenz both won events and numerous others scored even though the meet was more competitive this year than ever before.
Hannah and Rachel DeLong, Grace Fleming, Ryan Haskins, Maggie Nguyen and Dylan Yin all picked up new state cuts. Haskins also got his first AA, while Sahil Khatri, Sofie Rees and Blake Wilson got their first A times and Zoe Wilson her first BB times. Tanner Manson earned his first ever B time!
GwinAq Attack on Twin Meets!
6/28 - Gwinnett Aquatics once again had two squads in competition this weekend but this time in two different states. 30 swimmers competed at the SYS Open in Florida while 40 more were in Marietta for the Hixon Invite. Between the two meets there was, like last year, some of the fastest mid-season swimming we have done.
Between the two meets we had over a dozen finalists, six new AAA swimmers and numerous new state qualifying swims. Andrew Guo made his first ever State time! At a very competitive meet in Sarasota we had more swimmers in finals including Juliana Carey (5), Grant Deckers, Lauren and Lindsey Diehl, Drew Grier, Alex Norcini (7), and Graham (swimmin') Simon. In Marietta Isaac Saenz was the high point swimmer.
Time Standard Achievers at the two meets were:
- First AAA Times - Charlie Fountain, Griffin Hammett, Sarah Jahns, Daniel Johnson, Grant Deckers (1st ever!), Maggie Nguyen (1st ever!)
- First AA Times - Ava Gawronski, Rachel Peden
- First A Times - Haley Burke, Caitlyn Diehl, Grace Fleming, Nia Fraser, Ethan McKinsey, Emily Morgan
- First B Times - Gryffin Moore, Brandon Shepard
- First State Cuts - Andrew Guo
Team Splits for Open Water, Swim with Dad
6/11 - 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 40 were at the Swim With Dad Invite at Georgia Tech Sunday.
At Death Valley Josh Fountain swept all four races, a feat that's only been done by one other GaGa swimmer ever. Overall GaGa swimmers took 4 of the top 20 spots in the men's open 5k and Griffin Hammett, Charlie Fountain, Maggie Nguyen all had top 3 finishes in some of the shorter races while Grant Deckers and Graham Simmons each won a shorter race in the 12U division. Both Fountains, Hammett, Deckers, Jarod Disher, Wesley Carter, Sahil Khatri, Blake Wilson Haley Burke and Caitlyn Petmecky did all 4 races (for a total of 9.5k)! We also had a good group of first timers: Simmons, Carter, Nguyen, Blake and Zoe Wilson, Olivia Yeiser and Ella Moulder.
Meanwhile the group at Tech were taking great advantage of the extra opportunity to race long course. Bria Carter, Caitlyn, Lauren and Lindsey Diehl, Drew Grier, Ryan Haskins, Sarah Jahns, Hannah-Claire Jowers, Kaylee McLester, Marlowe Misner, Gavin Moore, Isaac Saenz and Dylan Yin all won events.
Great Racing and Standard Breaking at Dixie ClassicDiehl, Carter break team records
6/5 - About half the team competed in the Dixie Classic meet this weekend at Dynamo. It was the first prelims/finals meet of the season so there were some pretty good time drops and quite a few new standards made. We also did some great racing with six different swimmers winning events and another nine placing top three! Juliana Carey, Wesley Carter, Lauren Diehl, Josh Fountain, Sarah Jahns (pictured post-swim) and Alex Norcini all won events. Carter and Diehl also each broke a club record in the 50 free and 100 fly respectively.
Carter also picked up the club's first AAAA of the season while Carey got her first AAA. A whopping ten swimmer got their first AA's: Hanna Burke, Grant Deckers, Lindsey Diehl, Charlie Fountain, Hannah Claire Jowers, Marlowe Misner, Danielle and Darnell Mitchell, Caitlyn Petmecky and Graham (swimmin') Simmon. Marilyn Coughlin, Ava Gawronski, Ryan Haskins, Nolan Patterson, and Sijia She all got their first A times.
It was also a good meet for new State cuts. Burke, Lauren and Lindsey Diehl, Ryan Haskins, Daniel Johnson, Patterson and Simmon all got their first cuts of the season.
Meanwhile Anna Jahns was representing GaGa with the Georgia Open Water Zone Team at the Open Water Champs in NC.. She took 4th in the Open race, 2nd in team pursuit and was Georgia's top scorer.
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.
Over 150 New State Cuts at GA Winter Qualifier
2/13/17 - The Gwinnett Aquatics GA Winter Qualifier was this weekend at Greater Atlanta Christian school in Norcross. Nearly 500 swimmers competed with over 150 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 Marlowe Misner breaking the team record in the 10U Girls 100 IM and a whopping eight swimmers getting their first State Qualifying times and another dozen adding new cuts. The eight new state qualifiers were Henry Breiding, Hanna Burke, Nia Fraser, Russell Hart, Victor Jemison, Nolan Patterson, Graham Simmon, and Kylie West. Jemison and Daniel Johnson got new Sectional cuts as well.
In addition Grace Fleming got her first ever A time and Sijiia She her first BB and Owen Heimel his first B time. Up next we will take our largest team ever to Age Group State Champs and Senior Sectionals and then the ENTIRE team will finish out the season at Divisional Champs March 24-26 at UGA.
This weekend also marked one of the best meets we have hosted. The energy level was great and the team made some money as well. Thank you to all our parent volunteers for doing such a great job!
GaGa Seniors Roll at High School State Champs
2/6 - While it was a quiet weekend for most of our swimmers, our Senior swimmers were tearing up the lanes at Georgia Tech at the Georgia High School State Champs. 21 swimmers qualified for the meets (large school and small schools run two separate meets). Alex Norcini, Drew Grier and Juliana Carey all made finals while Josh Fountain and Griffin Hammett made Consols. Carey, Fountain, Grier and Norcini all picked up their first Futures cuts of the year (1st ever for Norcini and Grier) and Abby Culbertson got her first AA of the year. Congrats to all, especially the members of the Brookwood Boys team who won the meet.
GaGa Age Groupers Race at Fun Meet, Srs at HS County Champs
1/22 - Gwinnett Aquatics swimmers did a little racing at our home pool yesterday at the fun meet at Quinn Ridge. It was a nice quick competition and after a good month of training there were lots of new best times. Anthony Benitez, Owen Heimel and Rielle Mitchell had 100% best times.
Meanwhile most of the Senior and High School Group swimmers were competing in the Gwinnett County Champs with great success. All 28 swimmers had a top 30 swim, most in the top 20. Eleven swimmers competed in 16 events in the championship finals, our best ever. Drew Grier and Juliana Carey medaled. Haley Burke, Marilyn Coughlin, Caitlyn Petmecky and Brad Wyzykowski got their first AA times and Austin Bynum, Sahil Khatri and Devin Petmecky got their first A times.
Gwinnett Aquatics Kicks Off 2017 at Eastern Classic, Coaches Invite
1/18/16 - Gwinnett Aquatics started the new year with squads at two different meets: the Eastern Classic at Dynamo and the Coaches Invite at Mountain View. At Eastern Classic Marlow Misner led all scorers winning seven events while Hailey Dopson, Sarah Jahns, Daniel Johnson, Alex Norcini and Isaac Saenz all had top-10 swims and 15 others contributed individual scoring swims. Saenz recorded a new team record and the first AAAA time for the team this year in the 100 fly while Juliana Carey picked up her first AAA of the season. Ava Gawronski and Maggie Nguyen got their first AAs, Condi Britton, Grant Deckers and Kaylee McLester got their first A times.
Meanwhile at the Coaches Invite Grace Fleming and Ella Moulder got their first State cuts while Kylie West got her first ever BB times.
GaGa Defends Title at Lanier Winter Invite
12/19/16 - Gwinnett Aquatics defended its title at the Lanier Winter Invite in Gainesville this weekend edging out Lanier Aquatics and SwimAtlanta (one of its facilities anyway). We had an especially good output from our 10Us who won their age groups by over 1600 points!
Over the three-day meet we had ten swimmers win over 230 events and twenty more medal! We had 14 swimmers picked up new time standards and four get their first state cut!
- Event Winners: Hanna Burke, Lauren Diehl, Russell Hart, Marlowe Misner, Brielle Mitchell, Darnell Mitchell, Alex Norcini, Sofie Rees, Isaac Saenz and Dylan Yin.
- Additional Medalists: Marilyn Coughlin, Abby Culbertson, Grant Deckers, Ruthie DeLong, Lindsey Diehl, Harry Duncan, Charlie Fountain, Lindsey Garrison, Ryan Haskins, Daniel Johnson, Kate Johnson, Paige Johnson, Hannah Claire Jowers, Danielle Mitchell, Maggie Nguyen, Caitlyn Petmecky, Michael Thompson, Anishka Trehan and Freddie Xu.
- Standard Breakers:AA - Rachel Peden; A - Hanna Burke, Lindsey Diehl, Jarod Disher Caitlyn Petmecky, Desymber Richie, Riley Spruiell, Dylan Yin; BB - Harry Duncan, Ryan Haskins, Emily Morgan, Cate Rovie, Ella Smith; B - Alyssa McDuffie.
- New State Qualifiers: Caitlyn Diehl, Charlie Fountain, Darnell Mitchell, Janelle Mitchell.
Now we have a great opportunity for even more improvement during the holidays to get ready for the Rays Invite and Eastern Classic and the bigger championship meets in February and March!
Seniors Pass First Big Test at Georgia State ChampsFountain medals, Norcini, Jahns score
12/12/16 - Gwinnett Aquatics' senior swimmers had their first real test of the the season this weekend at Senior State Champs en route to a fourteenth place finish and fourth in the medium teams group. Josh Fountain was the lone top-10 finisher, taking 3rd in the 1000 free while Alex Norcini and Sarah Jahns also scored. Norcini had an 8th place finish in the 400 IM negated by an unusually strict application of the "Lochte rule". Both Jahns and Norcini picked up their first AAA times of the season. Lauren Diehl and Hayley Shepard got their first AA times and Merilyn Coughlin got her freest A time. Jahns and Johnson also got new sectional times.
This meet was the first prelims/finals meet for our Senior swimmers and they faced a majority of swimmers who were tapered and shaved and held their own. This gives our GaGa swimmers a real advantage for the meets in February and March.
GwinAq 10Us Take the Blocks at Woodie B
11/21 - Gwinnett Aquatics 10Us followed the lead of their older teammates and swam their first multi-day meet of the season at the Woodie B Invite this weekend at Dynamo. It was a great chance for a lot of our newer swimmers to do some new events and our best 10Us to race some tough competition. There were also a few older swimmers doing some events they didn't do last weekend.
Marlowe Misner, Isaac Saenz and Josh Fountain all won events while Hailey Dopson and Andrew Guo (at his first meet!), medaled. Mikayla Chapek, Bennett Culbertson, Mali Davis, Ruthie DeLong, David Duong, Kate and Lucas Johnson, Tanner Manson, Brielle Mitchell and Freddy Xu also scored.
Fountain also picked up his first AAA time of the season while Darnell Mitchell, got his first AA time. Rachel DeLong got her first (ever) BB time and Guo, Brielle Mitchell and Addison Shaffer their first B times. Lindsey Diehl picked up her first state cut of the season.
GaGa Swimmers Hit First Invite at IMX
11/14 - Gwinnett Aquatics swimmers swam their first multi-day meet of the season at the IMX Invite in Marietta this weekend. It was the first invitational of the season and also a chance for swimmers to complete their IMX events. Once the results are uploaded to the USA Swimming database (SWIMS) swimmers who have done all 5-6 events in the IMX category will have an IMX score you can see on your Deck Pass!
Alex Norcini was the lone event winner but Grant Deckers, Lauren Diehl, Drew Grier, Sarah Jahns, Hannah Claire Jowers and Ella Moulder all placed.
Charlie Fountain, Griffin Hammett, Sarah Jahns and Daniel Johnson all picked up his their AA times of the season and Haley Burke, Abby Culbertson, Danielle Mitchell, Hayley Shepard, Michael Thompson and Brad Wyzykowski all got their first A times. Meanwhile Nia Fraser, Ethan McKinsey, Devin Petmecky and Blake Wilson got their first BB times and Grant Haskins and Jillian Rovie their first B times. Dylan Yin picked up his first ever state cut!
Swim-A-Thon Wraps Up, Lots of Improvement Evident
11/9 - The annual Swim-A-Thon wrapped up last night with the Prep swim and it was a very successful set of swims. Marlowe Misner broke the record for the 10U 800 and each team showed significant improvement over last year's swim. Gold swimmers averaged 20 seconds per 100 faster than last year while Prep was 11 and Sr and HSTG was 5. Now that our swimmers have completed the swimming portion of their Swim-A-Thon, let's make sure to wrap-up the fundraising portion as well. We currently have over $15,000 collected
- Collect your pledges! There is a SAT folder in the Coaches box at the pool. Once you collected all your pledges, simply put your completed packet in that folder. If you have any on-line donations please make sure to make a note of that on the pledge sheets. We are looking to have all completed packets back by November 24
- Thank your donors! Click here to use our Thank You note, which includes information about taxes or use the thank you email function on the SAT page.
GaGa Wins Dual Meet with Tidal Waves
10/29 - Gwinnett Aquatics defeated Tidal Wave Swimming in a their sixth annual dual meet this weekend at GAC. The teams have traded victories each of the last 4 years with TWS taking the contest last year. GaGa was led by triple and quadruple event winners Brielle Mitchell, Marlowe Misner and Alex Norcini as well as 11 other event winners: Hanna Burke, Lindsey Diehl. David Duong, Drew Grier, Russell Hart, Caleb Hersey, Sarah Jahns, Tanner Manson, Danielle Mitchell, Isaac Saenz and Jaxon Young.
Additionally a number of swimmers picked up new standards. Duong got his first state cut of the season while Jahns and Haley Dopson got their first A times. Abby Culbertson, Sahil Khatri, Riley Spruiell, Zoe Wilson and Brad Wyzykowski got their first BBs and Adam Dockstader, Elena Kaiser and Lila Smith got their first B times. Great job swimmers!
Up next will be the first invitationals of the season. The older swimmers will attend the IMX meet in Marietta Nov12-13 while the younger swimmers will go to Woodie B at Dynamo Nov 19-20. Sign-ups are closed on-line so if you missed the deadline be sure to contact your coach right away.
ABSC Defends Streak in Dual Meet
10/21 - Athens Bulldogs made it seven in a row in the dual meet series with Gwinnett Aquatics. But GaGa took the women's title this year, our first time to win either gender in 4 years. And the meet was the closest its been in five years as well, as ABSC outscored GwinAq by 300 points (out of 4000). Despite losing the meet GwinAq had a 13 individual wins by nine different swimmers: Julianna Carey, Josh Fountain, Drew Grier, Tanner Manson, Marlowe Misner, Brielle Mitchell (3x), Sofie Rees, Isaac Saenz and Hayley Shepard.
Grier posted his first AAA this season, while Josh Fountain and Alex Norcini got their first AAs. Rees. Hannah Claire Jowers and Charlie Fountain got their first A times; Brooke Braziunas, Bennett Culbertson, Ian O'Hara Graham Simmon and Sydney Spruiell their first BBs and Sarah Burton, Sijia She and Kylie West their first B times. Jowers and Grant Deckers picked up new state cuts.
Gwinnett Aquatics Kicks Off Season With Pentathlon
10/2 - Gwinnett Aquatics kicked off the 2016-17 season with a Pentathlon meet at GAC today. For the first time ever we opened up the meet this year to a few other teams and it provided for some great early season competition. Being the first meet of the season it was a great chance for a lot of swimmers to show off how much they've improved since the last time we swam short course last March. Swimmers were scored based on the cumulative total of their swims in 5 events. GwinAq Age group winners were: Isaac Saenz, Lindsey Diehl, Sofie Rees, Ava Gawronski, Caitlyn Diehl and Drew Grier.
A whopping 64 swimmers achieved their first time standards, including some new swimmers. Kate Johnson got an A time, Henry Breiding, Lucas Johnson, Nolan Patterson and Dylan Yin got BB's and Carly Buice, Rachel DeLong, Ethan McKinsey and Wesley King got B times. See all the standard breakers using the link below.
The next meet for GaGa will be the ABSC dual meet October 21 at UGA followed by the Tidal Wave Spooktacular dual meet October 29 at GAC again. Registration for both close soon so be sure to commit/decline soon.
Senior Swimmers Rock the Post-Season
8/8 - A number of our senior swimmers finished out their season at the bigger regional meets last week. Juliana Carey posted all best times at the Futures Champs in Atlanta while Josh Fountain medaled twice and Alex Norcini scored twice at the Zone Champs in Charlotte. Both were competing as part of the Georgia Zone Team.
Senior State Champs
7/25 - Much of the Gwinnett Aquatics senior group finished out the season this weekend in Cumming at the Senior State Champs. With some swimmers coming here after their taper meet at Dynamo two weeks ago and three swimmers still headed to Zones and Futures, the meet was the focus meet for a smaller group of swimmers than usual.
Despite a more challenging venue than we usually have for this meet, those swimmers definitely took advantage. Jacob Rees broke an 18 yr-old team record, going 53.03 in the 100 free. Daniel Johnson picked up his first ever Sectional cut (1500) and Matthew Albers and Julianna Carey picked up their first AAA times of the season.
We also had some of the best relay swims in a while, including a couple of records at the Sr and Age Group State meets. The Sr boys broke the 800 free relay record (scoring 4th) and the 13-14 girls broke the 400 free relay record. We will be adding the relay records to our records list soon but I have listed them here as well as some relays from this summer that were close.
Gwinnett Aquatics 12th at 14U State Champs
7/18 - Gwinnett Aquatics finished 12th at this weekend's 14U state champs at Ga Tech. We were just 16 points out of 10th (out of 450!) and that score was good enough to put us third in the medium-sized teams division. It was a good showing after a strong year of work but possibly could have been higher if we had more consistent practice attendance this summer.
Isaac Saenz led all scorers, making the podium four times and scoring in an additional two events. Griffin Hammett, Samantha Lewis, Marlowe Misner, Lauren Diehl and Bryce Dopson also scored. Hammett picked up his first AAAA (Silver cap) of the season and he, Lauren Diehl and Marlowe Misner got new team records in the 100 fly, 100 fly and 50 fly respectively.
Nia Fraser and Ava Gawronski picked up their first AA times of the season (first ever for Fraser) and Hannah Claire Jowers got her first ever A time.
And of course what can I say about our parent (and swimmer) volunteers. There were so many families who gave up so much of their time to make this meet a success: in the hospitality room, as officials (way to go Judy!), or on deck as times, runners, or a variety of other jobs. We have earned a great reputation as an organization that does things right! And deservedly so.
7/18 - The 2016 All American Swim 14U GA State Champs is now in the books. The meet featured over a dozen state records and one new National record. More info is available on the meet site. Thanks to all our volunteers for helping us run another successful champs!
Registration Now Open for 2016-17 Swim Team, Lessons
7/11 - Registration is now open to the public for our 2016-17 Swim Team as well as our Fall swim lessons. Those registering for 2016-17 will be able to start during our pre-season mini-camp that starts August 15. the regular season will start September 12. Lessons start August 15 and run through December.
Use the links below to access the site for the program you wish to register. We are using a new on-line registration system through TeamUnify so be sure to use these new links.
Championship Meets Kick Off at Dynamo End of Season Meet
7/11 - The big last meets of the season kicked off this weekend at Dynamo at the End of Season Invite. Over 50 swimmers took to their last long course meet with mostly great success as reflected by the number of wins and the new standards achieved. Marilyn Coughlin, Charlie Fountain, Josh Fountain, Samantha Lewis, Darnell Mitchell and Alex Norcini all won events.
Abby Culbertson, David Duong, Charlie Fountain, Jacy MacConvery, and Darnell Mitchell picked up their first state cuts. Maggie Nguyen got her first AA, while MacConvery, Kaylee McLester and Devin Petmecky got their first A times and Duong, Taylor Bowling and Brooke Braziunas got their first BB times.
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 100 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 Culbertson, 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 respectively..
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
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 (swim-moms 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
2/7/16 - 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.
GaGa Swimmers Race at Home, Srs at HS County Champs
1/27/16 - Gwinnett Aquatics swimmers did a little racing at our home pool today at the fun meet at Quinn Ridge. It was a nice quick competition and after a good month of training there were lots of new best times. Anthony Benitez, Hanna Burke, Ruthie Delong, Caleb Hersey, Cate Rovie and Sydney Spruiell had 100% best times.
Meanwhile most of the Senior and High School Group swimmers were competing in the Gwinnett County Champs with great success. All 21 Sr swimmers made it back for Tuesday's snow(?)-delayed finals. Eight swimmers competed in 14 events in the championship finals, up one from last year. Josh Fountain, Alex Norcini and Jacob Rees all medaled. Sarah Jahns picked up her first AAA (All-Star) time of the season while Alice Koschella, Lina Le and Michael Thompson got their first A times.
Gwinnett Aquatics Seventh at Eastern Classic
1/18/16 - Gwinnett Aquatics kicked off the new year with one of it's best winter meet performances in a while. Despite this year's meet being more competitive than the previous couple GaGa finished higher and scored more points than last year. Juliana Carey, Grant Deckers. Lindsey Diehl, Bryce Dopson, Josh Fountain, Griffin Hammett, Samantha Lewis, Marlowe Misner and Isaac Saenz all had top-8 scores and 13 others contributed individual scoring swims. Carey also broke the team record in the 100 fly while picking up her first sectional cut while she and Diehl got their first AAA times of the season. Saenz got his first ever AA and Jen Narde her first A time of the season. Caitlyn Diehl, Hannah Claire Jowers, Fred Mitchell and Ella Smith got their first BB times.
Gwinnett Aquatics Wins Lanier Winter Invite
12/13/15 - Gwinnett Aquatics won the Lanier Winter Invite in Gainesville this weekend edging out SwimAtlanta (one of its facilities anyway) and host Lanier Aquatics. Over the three-day meet we had ten swimmers win over 30 events, including Bryce Dopson and Griffin Hammett who won all of their events. We had another 18 medal and 16 swimmers picked up new time standards!
- Event Winners: Lauren Diehl, Bryce Dopson (7x), Hailey Dopson, Charlie Fountain, Ava Gawronski, Griffin Hammett (6x), Alex Lomishvilli, Jacy MacConvery, Jacob Rees, Isaac Saenz.
- Additional Medalists: Haley Burke, Marilyn Coughlin, Abby Culbertson, Grant Deckers, Caitlyn Diehl, Lindsey Diehl, Ryan Haskins, Kevin Kooh, Alice Koschella, Samantha Lewis, Kaylee McLester, Jen Narde, Maggie Nguyen, Ian O'Hara, Rachel Peden, Caitlyn Petmecky, Devin Petmecky, Hayley Shepard.
- Standard Breakers: AAA - Hammett; AA - Fountain, Nguyen, O'Hara; A - Coughlin, Jarod Disher, Haskins, Kooh, Lomishvilli, MacConvery, Devin Petmecky, Riley Spruiell; BB - Lillie Clark, Harry Duncan, Sahil Khatri; B - Darya Ghaffari.
- New State Qualifiers: Haskins, Kooh, Darnell Mitchell.
Standards Fall at Senior State ChampsFountain, Albers, Rees Score
12/7/15 - Gwinnett Aquatics more than tripled its number of AAA swimmers this weekend at Senior State Champs en route to a fifteenth place finish and fourth in the medium teams group. Josh Fountain was the loan top-10 finish taking 8th in the 1000 free while Matthew Albers was 17th. Both boys picked up their first AAA times as did Jacob Rees who scored in the the 100 IM. Alex Norcini and new GaGa swimmer Drew Grier also picked up their first AAA times. Daniel Johnson, Hayley Shepard and Brad Wyzykowski got their first AA times and Abby Culbertson her first A times. These are some especially remarkable achievements given that GaGa swimmers maintained their training and were not shaved at the meet while most of their competition was. This gives GaGa swimmers a real advantage for the meets in February and March.
Woodie B Invite Offers Chance for November Racing
11/22 - Gwinnett Aquatics swimmers got the chance to do some high level racing a little earlier this year than most at the Woodie B Malone Invite this weekend at Dynamo. With our 10U swimmers winning a whopping 29 events we were able to take 2nd at our 2nd Invite in a row! Event winners were Hailey Dopson, Isaac Saenz, Lindsey Diehl, Bryce Dopson, Lauren Diehl, Sarah Jahns, and Jacob Rees.
Rees, Samantha Lewis, and Marlowe Misner all picked up their first AA times of the season. Zack Culbertson, Alex Lomishvilli, and Danielle Mitchell got their first BB's while Jada James and Blake Wilson got their first B times.
Swimmers Rock the Swim-a-Thon
11/14 - Over 100 swimmers did their Swim-a-Thon this past week. There were great improvements over last year's swim in all groups. Isaac Saenz and Lindsey Diehl broke team records in the timed swim. Way to go team.
Now swimmers should work on collecting their pledges and getting them in before the deadline. Remember that donations benefit Gwinnett Aquatics and the USA Swimming Foundation. Help us reach our goal of $16,000 for pool improvements, senior team travel and our pool building campaign.
GaGa Swimmers Go Xtreme at IMX
11/8 - Gwinnett Aquatics swimmers went extreme this weekend, competing in the IMX (IM Xtreme!) Invite in Marietta. it was the first invitational of the season and also a chance for swimmers to complete their IMX events. Once the results are uploaded to the USA Swimming database (SWIMS) swimmers who have done all 5-6 events in the IMX category will have an IMX score you can see on your Deck Pass! And there should be some good ones too what with Bryce Dopson, Grant Deckers, Lauren Diehl and Ian O'Hara all winning events and eight others placing.
Matthew Albers picked up his first AA times of the season and Deckers, Daniel Johnson, Marlowe Misner and Haley Shepard their first A times. Meanwhile Haley Burke, Nia Fraser, Jacy MacConvery and Darnell Mitchell got their first BB times and Bennett Culbertson, Caitlyn Diehl, Luke Moynihan, Keeley Smith, Sydney Spruiell and Kylie West their first B times.
Tidal Wave Wins Close Dual Meet
10/25/15 - With a larger squad and dominance in the 13 and Over girls Tidal Wave outpaced Gwinnett Aquatic 760-700 in their annual dual meet. Nonetheless GwinAq was able to win 22 of 36 events and post numerous new time standards. Lauren and Lindsey Diehl, Bryce and Hailey Dopson, Josh Fountain, Hannah Claire Jowers (in her first meet), Alex Norcini, Ian O'Hara and Issac Saenz all won events.
Bryce Dopson also picked up his first AAA of the season, while Josh Fountain, Ava Gawronski and Rachel Peden got their first AAs and Charlie Fountain and Samantha Lewis got their first A times. Alice Koschella, Kaylee McLester, Caitlin Petmecky, and Alex Zhong got their first BB times and Hanna Burke, Harry Duncan, Cindy Duong, Nia Fraser, Grant Haskins, Hannah Claire Jowers, Sahil Khatri, Emily Koschella and Ella Moulder got their first B times. Isaac Saenz and Hailey Dopson got their first state cuts of the season!
ABSC Defends Winning Streak Against Gwinnett Aquatics
10/10/15 - ABSC defended its five-year winning streak against Gwinnett Aquatics last night at their pool at UGA. Both teams appeared to be more interested in getting swimmers some new events here in the early season and GwinAq had many of its top swimmers swimming in extended age groups. Nonetheless we had ten individual wins by Julianna Carey, Caitlyn and Lauren Diehl, Hailey Dopson, Griffin Hammett, Jen Narde, Alex Norcini, and Isaac Saenz.
Lauren Diehl led the way with two wins and the first AAA (All-star) time of the season. Hammett and Alex Norcini got their first AAs, Matthew Albers, Ian O"Hara and Brad Wyzykowski their first A times and Brooke Braziunas, Jarod Disher, Lina Le, Jen Narde and Riley Spruiell their first BB times. In addition Jennie Attaway, Haley Burke, Sarah Burton, Alice Koschella, Kaylee McLester and Caroline Smith got their first B times. .
Gwinnett Aquatics Kicks Off 2015-16 Season With Pentathlon
9/26/15 - After a fantastic Big brother/sister practice in the morning, Gwinnett Aquatics kicked off the 2014-15 season with a Pentathlon meet at GAC today. It was a short, fast meet with a lot of swimmers showing off how much they've improved since the last time we swam short course last March. Swimmers were scored based on the cumulative total of their swims in 5 events. Age group winners were: Hailey Dopson, Lindsey Diehl, Bryce Dopson, Lauren Diehl, Ian O'Hara, Juliana Carey, Fred Mitchell, Bailee Hammett and Alex Norcini.
Almost 50 swimmer achieved their first time standards swimmers including some new swimmers: Maggie and Lennox Nguyen (A and B ties respectively), Alex Lomishvilli, Catalina Macedo-Gian Caitlyn Petmecky and Chayse Smith (all B times). See all the standard breakers using the link below.
LC Season Wraps Up at Sr State, GA Open
7/26/15 - Long course season came to a close this weekend with two final meets, the Sr State Champs and the GA Open. At Sr State Anna Jahns, Josh Fountain and Matthew Albers all scored. Fountain picked up his Scholastic All-American and Futures cuts while placing second in the mile while Jahns got her first AAAA of the season with a third place finish in the 400. Abby Culbertson and Brad Wyzykowski got their first AAs of the season.
At the GA Invite a much smaller than anticipated group competed in a short prelims-finals format at Georgia Tech. Jacy MacConvery picked up his first A times of the season and Ramaya Pittman got her first B times.
GwinAq Age Groupers Finish 10th at 14U State Champs
7/20/15 - Gwinnett Aquatics 14 and Under swimmers took to the pool at Georgia Tech this weekend for the 14U State Champs. After a great year of progress, it was one of our best showings to date at that meet with the team going into the final day in third place in the medium sized team division. But we did not have enough scoring swims on day 4 to hold on. You can be sure the coaching staff is already planning how to improve our training next season so we can hold that spot.
Nonetheless there was plenty to be proud of. It was our largest state team in at least the last six years. Lauren Diehl and Juliana Carey broke team records in the 50 and 100 fly respectively. Bryce Dopson led all scorers for the team and got his first ever AAAA (Silver Cap). Ryan Haskins got his first A time of the season. Other individual scorers included Griffin Hammett, Lindsey Diehl, Colin Houck, Sarah Jahns and Samantha Lewis.
Georgia 14U State Champs
7/19/15 - The Georgia Swimming 14 & Under State Champs wrapped up tonight at Georgia Tech, hosted by Gwinnett Aquatics. Nine new state records and one national record were set during the meet. The meet web page includes meet info, results, scores and more, including more info about those record breaking swims. .
Gwinnett Aquatics would like to thank all the officials and volunteers for all their hard work in putting on such a fine event. And the swimmers and parents were great too!
Click on the link below to access all the updated info on the meet.
Big Weekend for Senior Swimming7/12/15 - Gwinnett Aquatics 13 and Over swimmers took over the meet scene this weekend. At Senior sectionals our largest summer sectional team in at least four years swam with the likes of Ryan Lochte and Connor Jaeger. The 18U boys went nearly 100% best times. Jacob Rees and Josh Fountain both picked up their first AAAAs (silver cap) of the season while Matthew Albers and Alex Norcini got their first AAA (All-Star) times.
Meanwhile at Senior circuit a strong group of 13 and over swimmers competed, most of them tuning up for the big end of season meets in two weeks. Devin Petmecky picked up his first ever A times.
GwinAq Competitive Tour '15 Expands to Two States6/30/15 - Gwinnett Aquatics again had two different squads in competition this weekend, this time in two states. 32 swimmers competed in Tallahassee while another 30 were in Cumming.
At Tallahassee our small travel squad competed very well against some tough Florida teams, with 27 of the 32 scoring and Juliana Carey, Lauren Diehl, Josh Fountain, Anna Jahns and Jacob Rees all winning events.
At the Gold Invite in Cumming Bryce Dopson led the way winning every event he swam save one. Lindsey Diehl and Samantha Lewis also won events while the 10U swimmers went on a state-cut rampage with FIVE swimmers making their first cuts. Congrats to Hanna Burke, Hailey Dopson, Danny Pitts, Desymber Richie, Sydney Spruiell.
Between the two meets we also had nineteen swimmers pick up new standard levels:
AAA (All-Star) - Juliana Carey, Lindsey Diehl, Griffin Hammett, Sarah Jahns, Jacob Rees
AA - Charlie Fountain, Ava Gawronski, Daniel Johnson, Samantha Lewis, Ciara Mitchell, Bryce Peden, Rachel Peden
A - Abby Culbertson, Dean Yusuf
BB - Kevin Kooh, Aaliah Mobley, Danny Pitts
B - Emily Koschella, Charlotte Lane
In the Lake, In the Pool, We Know What to Do6/15/15 - Gwinnett Aquatics again had two different squads in competition this weekend. Saturday about 20 swimmers competed at the Death Valley Open Water swim in Clemson while another 40 were at the Swim With Dad Invite at Georgia Tech.
At Death Valley Josh Fountain and Anna Jahns combined to win five of the eight events (they along with Matthew Albers, Alex Norcini and Charlie Fountain did all 4 races for a total of 9.5k)., while first timers Grant Deckers and Haley Burke also scored.
Meanwhile the group at Tech (who were joined by the open water swimmers on Sunday) were taking great advantage of the extra opportunity to race long course. Lauren Diehl broke another butterfly team record (50), while Bryce Dopson (3x) and Colin Houck both won events. Bailee Hammett and Rachel Peden got their first A times of the season, Brooke Braziunas, Ryan Haskins and Desymber Richie their first BB's, and Austin Bynum, Sahil Khatri, Kevin Kooh, and Sofie Rees their first B times. Isaac Saenz got his first ever State cuts.
GwinAq Swimmers Pick Up New Cuts, Standards at Two Meets6/1/15 - With two squads at two different meets, it was a very busy weekend for Gwinnett Aquatics. Over forty swimmers picked up new time standards while a dozen got their first State cuts of the season.
At Dynamo's Dixie Classic Josh Fountain was the sole event winner, taking the victory in the 400 IM while Anna Jahns and Lauren Diehl medaled in nearly a half dozen events each. Diehl also picked up her first ever AAAA and also a new team record in the 100 fly and 200 fly respectively. Fountain and Jahns picked up their first AAA's of the season while Matthew Albers, Juliana Carey, Griffin Hammett, Sarah Jahns and Alex Norcini got their first AA's this summer. First A times were recorded by Haley Burke, Charlie Fountain, Daniel Johnson, Samantha Lewis, Ciara Mitchell, Ian O'Hara and Hayley Shepard. Many of these swimmers also got their first state cuts of the season including Haley Burke, her first.
Meanwhile at the Dunbar Invite at Georgia Tech we also had a boatload of great swims, by our mostly younger swimmers. Colin Houck took the win in the 50 free. He and Bryce Dopson got their first AAA (All-Star) times of the season (Bryce's first ever). Lindsey Diehl added a number of top 5 swims as well as her first AA while Marlowe Misner got her first A time (as well as some new state cuts).. Marilyn Coughlin, Hailey Dopson, Danielle Mitchell, Issac Saenz and Sydney Spruiell got their first BB times of the summer while fifteen different swimmers got their first B times. Check out the Time standards link below to see all the new standard achievers.
Long Course Season Kicks Off at Gold Invite
5/3/15 - 45 GaGa swimmers kicked off the long course season today at the Gold Citizen Kane Invite in Cumming. 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. The afternoon session almost went 100% best times with lots of really big drops. Even some of the teens in the morning got to get some PRs, which doesn't happen as often in season for older swimmers. Check out the results using the links below. if any parents got some pics we'd love a good one to go on the newsletter.
Gwinnett Aquatics Third at Northeast DivisionalsDiehl, Jahns, Rees break four team records
3/29/15 - Gwinnett Aquatics finished 3rd at this weekend's Divisional Champs in Athens scoring over 800 more points than last year with 62 swimmers contributing with individual scores. Eight swimmers, Lauren Diehl, Lindsey Diehl, Hailey Dopson, Colin Houck, Anna Jahns, Sarah Jahns, Jacob Rees, Isaac Saenz, combined for 19 event victories while 23 others had a top-8 finish. Lauren Diehl, Anna Jahns and Jacob Rees combined to break four team records.
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! It really helped make this a special weekend for the swimmers. Standard breakers for the meet were:
- First AAAA (Silver Cap) Times - Lauren Diehl
- First AAA (All-Star) Times -Matthew Albers, Colin Houck, Alex Norcini, Brad Wyzykowski
- First AA Times - Charlie Fountain, Bailee Hammett, Samantha Lewis, Rachel Peden, Hayley Shepard, Riley Spruiell
- First A Times - Alice Koschella, Jacy MacConvery, Jen Narde, Devin Petmecky, Dean Yusuf
- First BB Times - Fred Mitchell, Desymber Richie
- First B Times - Lillie Clark, Zack Culbertson, Sam Huggins, Sahil Khatri, Kiera Swinkola
- First Sectional Cuts - Matthew Albers, Alex Norcini, Brad Wyzykowski
- First State Cuts - Bailee Hammett, Rachel Peden, Hayley Shepard
End of Season Slide Show!
Strong Showing at Senior Sectionals Nets GwinAq 15th Place Finish
3/8/15 - Led by Anna Jahns win in the 1000 free and 2nd place finish in the mile, the Gwinnett Aquatics Senior Sectional team posted more individual points then any time in the last 7 years to finish 15th at the ESSZ Senior Champs in Greensboro this weekend. Jahns also finaled in the the 500 free and 200 back. Meanwhile on the guys side Josh Fountain was 11th in the mile and 16th in the 1000 while Jacob Rees was 12th in the 200 back. He also posted time trial times that would have scored in three more events. Czech visitor Michaela Petrova even got in the act with a scoring swim (though not for GaGa since she was unattached) in the 500.
Rees pickup up his first scholastic All-American times as well as 2 cuts for the new USAS Futures Championship. Keegan Walsh picked up those two standards too, as well as his first AAAAs in the 15-16 age group. Fountain also picked up his first AAAA of the season. It was a great start to the March championship meet and has everyone excited about the upcoming Divisional champs.
Spring Clinics, Summer Lessons Registration Now Open
3/7/15 - Gwinnett Aquatics announces its Spring Clinics and Spring and Summer Lessons for 2015. Registration is now open for the Spring Tune-Up, a four-week clinic to help 12 and Unders get a head start on summer league. The clinic will start April 13 and run Monday though Thursday 5-6:15pm. Only 2 slots remain so sign up soon if you are interested. This year we are also running a 5-week home-school clinic on Monday and Wednesdays at 1pm.
Registration is also open for our Spring and Summer lessons. Lessons are for ages 3 and above (including adult) and will run 2x/wk in the evenings starting April 13 and 4x/wk in the daytime starting June 1.
Rays Invite a Good Tune-up
3/1/15 - About 60 GaGa swimmers competed this weekend in the Rays Invite in Marietta. It was a great opportunity to race one last time before we get ready for the Divisional champs at the end of the month. It was a good opportunity to pick up some new USAS standards too. Ava Gawronski picked up her fist AA times of the season while Sarah Burton, Austin Bynum, Janelle Mitchell, and Desymber Richie all picked up their first B times.
Records, Standards Fall at Age Group State Champs
2/15/15 - 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
2/8/15 - 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
1/26/15 - 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
1/19/15 - 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
12/16/14 - 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
12/14/14 - 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. .
Jahns, Fountain Score at Senior State Champs
12/7/14 - Despite having our two top-seeded boys out sick and out top seeded girl go home sick, Gwinnett Aquatics managed an 11th place finish at Sr State this weekend. Anna Jahns starting feeling ill after her prelim swims Friday but managed to rebound for 3 scoring swims (but didn't get to compete in her best events) and Josh Fountain had an incredible 1000 free to get 14th. Fountain, Keegan Walsh and Sarah Jahns all got their first AAA (All-Star) times of the season and Abby Culbertson got her first AA time. She and Matthew Albers had 100% best times. In fact the team had a very high percentage of lifetime and unshaved bests which is pretty phenomenal for this early in the season.
Team Records, Many PR's Fall at Swim-A-Thon
11/21 - After the three days of regularly scheduled Swim-A-Thon, there have been two new records and tons of personal bests (over 95%). Anna Jahns broke her own 15-18 2400 record while Marlowe Misner broke a 6-year old 8U 800 record. So far Gold holds the distinction of dropping the most time as a group, going an average of nearly 30s/100 faster per swimmer! Wow!
Gwinnett Aquatics 10U's Second at Turkey Meet
11/15/14 - Gwinnett Aquatics' youngest swimmers took their talents to Dynamo today for the 10U Turkey Invite. Multi-event medalists Lindsey Diehl, Bryce and Hailey Dopson and Colin Houck led the group to a 2nd place finish behind host Dynamo. Tristen Austin, David Duong, Russell Hart, Brody McCluggage, Janelle Mitchell and Isaac Saenz also had top-8 finishes. Bryce Dopson got his first AA time while Duong and Callie Chapman got their first B's! (If any parents got some good group pics please send me a couple. I totally forgot to take any!)
GwinAq Swimmers at First Invite in Marietta
11/9/14 - Gwinnett Aquatics competed in its first Invite of the year this weekend at the IMX Invite in Marietta. Anna Jahns, Matthew Albers and Colin Houck all won events. Albers and Houck both picked up their first AAs of the season while Abby Culbertson, Ciara Mitchell, Alex Norcini and Hayley Shepard got their first A times. Brooke Braziunas, Haley and Hanna Burke, Daniel Johnson and Alice Koschella all got their first BB times and the Emily Morgan and Koschella and Ramaya Pittman and Caroline Smith got their first B times.
ABSC Defends Winning Streak Against Gwinnett Aquatics
10/24/14 - ABSC defended its four-year winning streak against Gwinnett Aquatics tonight at their pool at UGA. Despite losing the meet GwinAq had a 12 individual wins by Julianna Carey, Lauren Diehl, David Duong, Charlie Fountain, Ava Gawronski, Marlowe Misner, Jen Narde, Ian O'Hara and Keegan Walsh. Anna Jahns won three events and posted the first AAA for the team this season. Gawronski, Matthew Albers, Lindsey Diehl and Josh Fountain got their first A times while Misner, Marilyn Coughlin and Charlie Fountain got their first BB times. In addition Gawronski, O'Hara, Lindsey Diehl, Griffin Hammett and Colin Houck picked up new state cuts.
Gwinnett Aquatics Defeats Tidal Wave
10/18/14 - Gwinnett Aquatics defeated Tidal Wave Swimming (TWS) 918-877 today at Greater Atlanta Christian. GA led most of the meet after a good start on relays but TWS took over after the breaststroke events. GA was able to come back during the final IM events. The meet has become an annual tradition and was won last year by TWS.
For GwinAq Lindsey Diehl, Anna Jahns, Marlow Misner and Jacob Rees led all scorers, winning all their events. Jahns picked up her first AA times of the season while Griffin Hammett, Sarah Jahns and Bryce Peden got their first A times. Julianna Carey, Lauren and Lindsey Diehl, Bryce Dopson and Sarah Jahns all added new state cuts.
Gwinnett Aquatics Kicks Off Season With Pentathlon
9/27/14 - Gwinnett Aquatics kicked off the 2014-15 season with a Pentathlon meet at GAC today. It was a short, fast meet with a lot of swimmers showing off how much they've improved since the last time we swam short course last March. Swimmers were scored based on the cumulative total of their swims in 5 events. Age group winners were: Marlowe Misner, David Duong, Lindsey Diehl, Colin Houck, Lauren Diehl, Ian O'Hara, Julianna Carey, Keegan Walsh, Anna Jahns and Jacob Rees. Rees, Walsh and Carey all picked up AA times in this first meet of the season while Jahns, Houck and both Diehls, as well as Bryce Dopson and Brad Wyzykowski got A times and 38 others got at least a B time! Also thirteen swimmers already got their first state cut including all the A and above swimmers above as well as Ava Gawronski, Ian O'Hara, Bryce Peden and Russel Hart (his first!).