Seniors Strong at State In Rebuilding Year
12/11 - Despite graduating over half the group last year and having almost 50% new swimmers this year, the Senior group was able to nearly match last years performance at Senior State, holding at about 14th and having 2 swimmers final and 3 score. Drew Grier and Sarah Jahns both had two scoring swims including top-10 swims in the 100 fly and 1000 free respectively. Charlie Fountain also scored in the 1000.
The meet was converted to a timed final meet on Saturday and Sunday due to weather. Our Seniors took advantage of the late starts and extra sleep to record an unusually high number of best times for a mid-season meet and to nearly triple our number of AAA swimmers.
Grier, Fountain, Wesley Carter, Griffin Hammett and Maggie Nguyen all recorded their first AAA's (All-Star times) of the season. Additionally Fountain, Hammett, Grier and Carter picked up new sectional cuts. We even had some swimmers (Jahns, Hammett) pick up new state cuts when they were pressed into swimming off strokes to lead off relays!
Swim-A-Thon 2017 Almost a Wrap
12/8 - All the groups have now finished their swims for the 2017 Swim-A-Thon and now all that's left is to finish collecting the money and for the last couple swimmers to make up their swims.
The swimming was fierce with returning Blue teamers dropping 48 seconds per 100 on their timed swim and Prep in 2nd dropping 12 seconds per 100! Isaac Saenz broke the team record in the 10U timed 800 by almost 40 seconds!. Results available using the link below.
Currently we have raised just over $17,000 toward our goal of $25,000*. But only about 70% of the team has participated. All money is due in by this Thursday so we hope the remaining families will join in by then.
*not all funds will be reflected in the on-line total. Facebook, check and cash donations will only be added if they bring the swimmer over one of the national Swim-a-Thon prize thresholds.
GwinAq Swimmers Pass Early Season Test
11/20 - Gwinnett Aquatics swimmers wrapped up a very successful early season meet at Dynamo Swim Center last night. Each year, the Woodie B Malone Invite is the first real test of the year for many of our swimmers and this year we had one of our best meets in a while with nine swimmers winning events and over a dozen more placing.
Isaac Saenz led the way winning four events, breaking two team records (50 and 100 fly) and recording the 1st AAAA (silver cap!) time for the team this season. Juliana Carey, Ruthie Delong, Caitlyn Diehl, Lindsey Diehl, Hailey Dopson, Charlie Fountain, Sarah Jahns, and Maggie Nguyen all also won events.
Carey and Jahns picked up the first AAA (All-Star) times of the season while Grant Deckers, Lauren Diehl, Catilyn Petmecky and Desymber Richie got their first AA's. Sofie Rees swam to her first A time of the year and Abby Bold, Emily Morgan, Addison Shaffer and Zoe Wilson earned their first BB times, and Kayla Deckers and Paige Johnson their first B times. Fountain, Richie, Lauren Diehl, Andrew Guo, and Graham Simmon went their first in-season state cuts.
GaGa Swimmers Hit First Invite at IMX
11/13 - Gwinnett Aquatics swimmers swam their first invitational of the season at the IMX Invite in Marietta this weekend. It was the first chance for our 13 and Over swimmers to complete their IMX events though most still lack at least one event until next weekend's meet. 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!
Hannah Claire Jowers won multiple events while Kate Johnson and Maggie Nguyen won the100 and 400 IMs respectively. Juliana Carey, Grace Fleming, Drew Grier, Caitlyn Petmecky, Brandon Shepard and Alex Zhong all placed.
We've already had so many swimmers pick up USAS standards that there were relatively few new ones this weekend. Adam Dockstader and David Duong got their first B times. And Kate Johnson picked up her first state cut! Hopefully a lot of our swimmers will move up a level at next weekend's Woodie B Malone Invite, our first prelims/finals meet of the season.
GwinAq Concludes Fall Series
10/28 - Gwinnett Aquatics wrapped up the Fall Racing Series on Saturday GAC's Freeman pool. This meet offered a morning session for distance events (400 IM, 500 and 1000 free) and an afternoon session with a variety of other events including some for the first time this year.
The first chance to swim the distance events and the 50 free brought 10 new standard breakers. Charlie Fountain, Darnell Mitchell, and Maggie Nguyen picked up their first AA swims of the year; Ryan Haskins and Danielle Mitchell their first A times. Sahil Khatri earned his first BB, while Ruthie DeLong, Max Inlow, Lucas Johnson and Jillian Rovie got their first B times! Nguyen, Sarah Jahns and Wesley Carter got their first in-season State cuts.
Swimmers Stretch in Fall Racing Series #2 Meet
10/16 - Gwinnett Aquatics had their second meet of the 2017-18 season at GAC this Saturday. GaGa and three other teams tested how their training was coming along by extending their race distances in free, back and IM from the last meet.. Things look to be moving along well as over a dozen swimmers picked up new standards and Cate Rovie added her first ever state cut!
Sarah Jahns picked up her first AA of the season while Ava Gawronski, Kaylee McLester, Rachel Peden and Caitlyn Petmecky got their first A times (Girl Power!). Condi Britton, Haley and Hanna Burke, Andrew Guo, Janelle Mitchell and Riley Spruiell earned their first BBs (Go Guo!). Elena Kaiser and Reagan Miller got their first B times while numerous others had their first meet of the year and got back on the Standards list.