Gwinnett Aquatics Second at DivisionalsHammett, 12U Girls, Senior Boys break team records
3/25/18 - Gwinnett Aquatics finished 2nd at this weekend's Divisional Champs in Augusta nearly matching our record score from last year. Eight swimmers combined to win eleven events: Sarah Jahns, Dylan Yin, Juliana Carey, Lauren Diehl, Griffin Hammett, Grant Deckers and Nolan Patterson.73 other swimmers scored, 42 in the top 8, again nearly matching last year's records! Griffin Hammett broke the team record in the 200 fly while the 12U Girls and the Senior boys both broke team records in the medley relay. Hammett and Charlie Fountain picked up their first ever Futures cuts.
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 (Sliver Cap) - Wesley Carter, Griffin Hammett
- First AAA (All Star) Times - Darnell Mitchell, Caitlyn Petmecky (first ever!)
- First AA Times - Ethan McKinsey
- First A Times - Alex Zhong
- First BB Times - Delaney Benford, Max Inlow, Elena Kaiser
- First B Times -Emily Atkins, Mikayla Chapek, Jonathan Malonza, Tanner Manson
- First Sectional Cuts - Darnell Mitchell, Ethan McKinsey
- First State Cuts - Carly Miller, Danielle Mitchell
GwinAq Seniors 16th at ESSZ Senior Sectional Champs
3/12 - Gwinnett Aquatics' Senior swimmers kicked off the Championship season in grand style at the Senior Sectional Champs in Cary, NC this weekend. Despite some health issues and graduating three-fourths of last year's sectional team the young squad managed a 16th place finish and numerous new cuts and records.
Sarah Jahns led all scorers taking 4th in the mile and 10th in the 1000 while picking up 2 new Futures cuts. Drew Grier and Charlie Fountain also scored. Fountain also had 100% best times dropping over 2 seconds per 100 over five events.
Griffin Hammett set a new team record in the 200 fly and then one heat later Drew Grier broke that record! Hammett also picked up 2 new Sectional cuts and Wesley Carter a new State cut.
It was a great start to the last short course meets for the season. Next up we get to see the whole group (and team!) in action at Divisionals.
37 GaGa Age Group Swimmers Make 2018 Best State Meet Ever
2/19/18 - Gwinnett Aquatics had its best Age Group State Champs ever, finishing 2nd in the medium teams division at Ga Tech this weekend.
Grant Deckers led all scorers with eight top ten swims, including a bronze in the 500 free. Nolan Patterson, Marlowe Misner and Dylan Yin also had top ten swims. Deckers, Misner and Yin picked up their first AAA (All-Star) time, while Graham Simmon got his first AA.
Misner also broke the team record in the 50 back, one of the older records that we have. Additionally the 11-12 boys team of Deckers, Patterson,Jeffrey Xu and Isaac Saenz broke three team records and the 11-12 girls (Misner, Lindsey Diehl, Nia Fraser, Kate Johnson) broke one as well.
Over 150 New State Cuts at GA Winter Qualifier
2/11/18 - 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. And this year, the meet falling on Mardi Gras weekend, there were lots of beads as well!
The GaGa swimmers made the most of the opportunity with seven swimmers getting their first State Qualifying times and another six adding new cuts. The seven new state qualifiers were Abby Bold, Kayla Deckers, Grace Fleming, Hannah Claire Jowers, Ella Moulder, Baylor Stanton and Freddy Xu.
In addition Nia Fraser got her first ever AA time and Hanna Burke her first A time. Stanton, Xu, Kayden Clinansmith, Lucas Johnson and Sydney Spruiell got their first BBs and six swimmers got their first ever B times! They were Bria Carter, Lannon Clinansmith, Isabella Eisenman, Sean Lin, Jayden Simmons and Anishka Trehan.
Up next we will take a large team to Age Group State Champs and Senior Sectionals and then the ENTIRE team will finish out the season at Divisional Champs March 3-25 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!