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GPAC swimmers take to open water & triathlons

Twenty GPAC swimmers from across all training groups traded lanes lines for waves, salt water and friendly currents to participate the inaugural DeLuna’s Beach Games (Results) held at Pensacola Beach April 28. GPAC accounted for five of the six overall top spots in the three event categories.

In the sprint race, Isabel Harris, 15, was the top female in the division. Harris swam the course in 15 minutes flat. Other competitors representing GPAC were (in finish order): Coulson Voeltz, 11, Kouper Kraus, 10, who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively for the 14 & under combined division, Lex Vaughn, 11, and Nic Morgan, 13.

In the “short swim” division that was a 1.2-mile swim, Cali Wilson, 17, was the top female and the fastest swimmer, and Kobi Menser, 15, finished just behind Wilson to claim the top male spot. Kat Ralls, 13, was the second-place finisher for the 14 & U girls, and Grace Matthews, 17, placed third overall in the 15 & over age group. Green group teammates Lindsay Rauscher and Laurel Kate Voeltz, both 14, finished just a minute apart and Symone Bey, 15, finished just a bit behind them.

GPAC had a tremendous showing in the “long swim,” a 2.4-mile loop, with open water Junior National qualifier Makayla Ludwick, 16, taking the top spot for the females, and teammate Walker Parra, 16, as the top male finisher. Parra just edged GPAC’s other open water Junior National qualifier James Tracey, 16, by just one second to win.

In the 14 & under division, it was a tight race between three of GPAC’s female distance crew, with Landry Hadder, 13, winning the top spot, followed by Megan Corcoran, 12, who finished only one tenth of second behind Hadder. GPAC’s Maren Mackey, 14, who is also a Junior National open water qualifier, finished third.

Senior Grace Sill, 18, was the second-place female finisher behind Ludwick, and Cason Forst, 16, finished third.

The following day, three GPAC swimmers took to the open water and the road to compete in the Pensacola Beach Triathlon (Results) and did very well.

Senior group member Nevada Wood, 18 and Junior group member Noah Scoggins, 14, placed third and fourth, respectively in their age division, while fellow Junior group member Kyle Longley, 14, finished second in his age division.