June 30, 2017
Seymour, Burgess, Entire GCAT Swim Team Excel at Stu Hixon Invitational Meet in Atlanta
GCAT athletes are accustomed to traveling in order to compete against some of the best swimmers in the country. Last weekend was no exception, as a group of 17 GCAT swimmers battled club teams from Atlanta, Boston, Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, and North Carolina at the 10th Annual Stu Hixon Invitational. With over 500 swimmers participating in this mid-season meet, there were no signs of intimidation. On the contrary! With Head Coach Bill Forrester on deck, GCAT swimmers competed at a high level in preparation for Sectional and Georgia State Championships slated for the end of July, 2017.
Most of our swimmers posted multiple “best times,” including Martha Redman, Hannah Green, Harrison Taylor, Megan Brandt and Steven Dunne. A majority of the team also qualified for “A” or “B” finals heats, reserved for the top 20 qualifiers in each event.
This meet also marked the long anticipated return to form of Lauren Dunne from a shoulder injury and surgery. Lauren notched a personal best in the 100 m free after many months of rehab and perseverance. She also made finals in the 100 m free and the 200 m back!
Aaron Seymour and Rowan Burgess both had a “breakout” meet. Aaron, age 13, had personal best swims in every event and made “A” finals in 5 events in the 13-14 division. Rowan, in the senior group, posted personal best times in 5 events and made “A” and “B” finals in 7 events, collectively.
Individual event winners were senior swimmers Dillon Hall (200 m IM, 100 m breast, 200 m breast) and Andrew Royek (100 m fly, 200 m fly), and Gabby VanBrunt (50 m free, 100 m free, 50 m back) in the 11-12 age group.
Other swimmers to make the podium were Sam Eason (second place in 200 m IM) and Tori Rucker (second place in 100 m fly and 200 m fly).
Bryan Dunne, Aidan Gaskill, Alex Wayner and Harrison Wayner all made multiple finals heats!
The team came away from Atlanta with big meet experience, solid individual swims, and good times! Well done GCAT swimmers!