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ACAC Swims Like Champs at Meet of Champs

By:  Chip Fischer

Pictures:  Top (Left to Right):  Katharina Gallmeier, Ali Craig, Sydney Goodman, Esther Gallmeier

Bottom (Left to Right):  Austen Reid, Zack Telep, Dylan Arnold, Harper Houk, and Alex Greenhalgh pose with Coach Nathaniel Laning

45 Atomic City Aquatic Club swimmers traveled to Brentwood, TN to compete in the 2017 Meet of Champs in early December.  As the results indicated, they certainly swam like champs.

For starters, 8 swimmers posted times that qualified for Senior Sectionals.  These swimmers included Tais Brown (13), Ali Craig (17), Mason Fischer (13), Sydney Goodman (17), Harper Houk (16), Abigail King (13), Austen Reid (17), and Zack Telep (15).

The excellent swimming did not end there.  The swimmers mentioned above and other swimmers also made Southeastern time cuts and placed well, even making finals as a top 8 qualifier at times in the process.  Logan Hall (11) qualified for Southeasterns and made top 8 in all nine races he swam.  Tais Brown made Southeasterns in seven events, bonuses twice, and won the 100 Fly, 200 Fly, and 200 IM while making finals in a total of 8 races. Abigail King (13) made finals and Southeasterns in 7 events, also posting a bonus time.  Ford White (9) made Southeasterns in seven events, bonus in two, and finals in all nine events he swam.  Harper Houk made Southeasterns and finals in 6 events.   Mason Fischer placed in the top 8 in 5 of the six races for which she made Southeastern cuts.

Other swimmers also earned accolades.  Camden Gerchar (12) placed in 3 of the 7 events for which he made Southeastern cuts. Ali Craig made finals in the four events for which she made Southeasterns.  Zack Telep placed once, made Southeasterns in three races, and made bonus times in two races. Sydney Goodman placed in the two events in which she posted Southeastern cuts and made bonus times in two others. Katharina Gallmeier (17) made Southeasterns in the 200 Breast and placed with a bonus time in the 100 Breast.    Alexander Greenhalgh (16) made two Southeastern cuts and one bonus cut.  Lucy Groscost (17) made Southeasterns with a 7th place finish in the 100 Breast.  Austen Reid placed and made Southeasterns in two events.  Sarah Walker (15) made Southeasterns and placed in the 100 Back. 

In the 8 and under group, Landon Hall turned in a dominant performance, winning 6 of his 7 races and actually posting a bonus time in the 50 Back.  He is right on the verge of qualifying for Southeasterns as a mere 8 year old. 

"This swim meet has traditionally served as a benchmark for our team in which we expect to come in and swim pretty fast," said Coach Andy Wagner.  "However, this was my third Meet of Champs meet as the ACAC Coach, and the entire team has simply elevated itself to a new level."

"We have big goals through the upcoming months and are looking forward to getting back to work toward achieving those goals," Coach Wagner continued.  "But what a meet.  Go ACAC!"

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