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!
GaGa Seniors Roll at High School State, County Champs
2/6 - While last weekend was a regular training one for most of our swimmers, our Senior and HSTG swimmers were tearing up the lanes at Georgia Tech at the Georgia High School State Champs! 16 Ga-Ga swimmers qualified for the meets (large school and small schools run two separate meets). With the meets being run in a different format this year - bringing back 30 swimmers instead of 20, not locking in finals, and scoring schools separately based on their divisions, it is hard to make a meaningful comparison with our past performances. However, we can confidently say that this year's group stepped up to represent their schools - and Ga-Ga as well!
Juliana Carey(2x), Wesley Carter, Drew Grier(2x), Griffin Hammett(2x) and Sarah Jahns all scored top-10 finishes, while Lauren Diehl and Charlie Fountain both scored in the top-20. In total, Ga-Ga swimmers had 11 scoring swims, with most of them in the top 10. Grier also swam in 2 winning relays for Brookwood. Congrats once again to all, especially to the members of Brookwood Boys' and Girl's teams, for sweeping the meets in the 7A division!
GaGa Fun Meet
1/20 - Nearly 30 GaGa swimmers competed in today's fun meet. It was a great chance to see these swimmers compete and get them some feedback as they prepare for the upcoming GA Winter Qualifier in February. Kayla Deckers even picked up her first BB time. View results using the link below. Please note the "Improv" column is using a very difficult conversion off the swimmer's best yard times so if they are close it was a good swim.
Gwinnett Aquatics Seventh at Eastern Classic, 11-14s Kick off year at Coaches Invite
1/15 - 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 our small squad took seventh matching our highest finish and scoring the most points ever. Grant Deckers and the 11-12 boys led all scorers. He combined with Sarah Jahns (the only event winner), Juliana Carey, Drew Grier and Griffin Hammett as the team's five medalists and 10 other top-10 finishers while 19 others contributed individual scoring swims. Nolan Patterson and Ryan Haskins got their first AA's of the season. Jarod Disher and Graham Simmon got their first As, while Carly Miller got her first BB time.
Meanwhile at the Coaches Invite Ella smith got her first A time while Ella Moulder and Kylie West got her first BB times and Delaney Benford her first ever B time.
Between the two meets David Duong, Nia Fraser, Ryan Haskins and Ethan McKinsey got their first state cuts.
GwinAq Second at Lanier Winter Invite
12/19/17 - Gwinnett Aquatics was unable to defend its title at the Lanier Winter Invite in Gainesville this weekend despite a charge on Sunday to get within 100 points of Enfinity Aquatics from North Carolina. It was still a strong showing given that most of our Senior team wasn't there this year. Led by 5 time champ Bria Carter and 8x champ Isaac Saenz we were very strong in the 10Us and 8Us and improved in 11-12 and 13-14s over last year.
Over the three-day meet we had six swimmers win events and nine more medal! Twelve swimmers picked up new time standards and two got their first state cut! Additionally Isaac Saenz broke the team record in the 50 fly.
- Event Winners: Carter (5), Grant Deckers (2), Caitlyn Diehl, Marlowe Misner, Maggie Nguyen (2) and Isaac Saenz (8).
- Additional Medalists: Lauren Diehl, Lindsey Diehl, Ryan Haskins, Emily Li, Elle Patterson, Nolan Patterson, Dakota Richie, Graham Simmon and Andy Zhu.
- Standard Breakers:AA - Caitlyn Diehl, Lindsey Diehl, Ava Gawronski, Rachel Peden; A - Kate Johnson, Ethan McKinsey, Sijia She and Blake Wilson; BB - Jaden Henry and Brandon Shepard; B - Henry Breiding, Bennett Culbertson and Sarah Heppe.
- New State Qualifiers: Lindsey Diehl and Addison Shaffer.
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 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!