August 13, 2017
By: Chip Fischer
Picture (Left to Right): Tais Brown, Mason Fischer, and Abigail King
Three swimmers from Oak Ridge's Atomic City Aquatic Club (ACAC) competed in the prestigious Southern Zone Age Group Championships in Tupelo, MS from August 1-5. Each swimmer qualified for a final and, therefore, scored points for their All-Southeastern All-Star team.
Tais Brown (13), Abigail King (12), and Mason Fischer (12) were each one of only eight swimmers from their respective male or female age groups selected from the Southeastern LSC, which consists of USA Swimming teams from Tennessee, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle. They represented the Southeastern LSC against twelve other teams hailing from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida – approximately one-quarter of the nation. Each ACAC swimmer contributed to Southeastern’s fourth place overall finish.
Tais Brown scored points by placing 3rd in the Boys 13-14 200 Fly. He also took 9th in the 100 Fly, 16th in the 50 Free, 26th in the 100 Free, and participated in the 6th place 400 Free Relay and 5th place 200 Free Relay events.
Abigail King scored points with a 4th place finish in the 50 Fly. She also placed 10th in the 50 Back, 14th in the 100 Fly, 18th in the 200 IM, 21st in the 100 Back, and participated as the Butterflier in the 3rd place 200 Medley Relay and 4th place 400 Medley Relay teams.
Mason Fischer earned team points with an 8th place finish in the 100 Breast. She also took 12th in the 50 Breast, 24th in the 400 Free, 44th in the 50 Free, and 48th in the 100 Free.
Not only did Tais, Abigail, and Mason get to compete against other amazing athletes, but they also got the opportunity to make new friends from different places, learn more about their sport, and have a great experience of being independent for a week while coming together as a team with new faces. Congratulations to Tais, Abigail and Mason!
For more information about ACAC, please contact the team at www.swim4acac.com.