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Age groupers have successful weekend in Auburn

A solid squad of 12-and-under GPAC swimmers had a great weekend of racing and strong competition from team across the Southeast at the Richard Quick Invitational in Auburn, AL June 22-24. The young team compiled nearly 60% best times on the weekend and 32 swimmers finished the meet with at least one life-best time.

Leading the way for GPAC was Ian Malone, who won all six of his individual events and was named the high-point winner in his age group. Ian, 10, dropped time in four out of six of his races and set two new ‘AAA’ times (50 fly, 100 bk) as well as his first-ever ‘AAAA’ time in the 100-yd freestyle. Ian is the first 10-and-under swimmer for GPAC to set a ‘AAAA’ time in any event since 2013.

GPAC had one other individual event winner at the meet. Landon Garcia, 10, took top honors in the 100m breaststroke. Landon went on to set two new life-best times.

Taking advantage of the great competition at the meet and knowing that opportunities are becoming very limited in late June, GPAC had six swimmers post 10 new Southeastern championship qualifying times. Max Little, 11, set a new cut time in the 100m backstroke, and Belle McNally, 11, dropped her first automatic qualifying times in both the 50 and 100m breaststrokes. Her brother William McNally, 10, nabbed the cut in the 100m freestyle and Shelby Smith, 12, added to her meet totals by swimming a cut time in the 100m backstroke. Alex Sullivan, 11, powered his way to two new freestyle cuts in both the 100 and 200m races as well as dropping nearly ten seconds to get the 200m IM cut. Avery Witte, 10 rounded out the team totals with two new cuts in the 100m breaststroke and the 100m freestyle.

The GPAC team had many new motivational time standards earned at the meet. Congratulations to these new standard breakers:

B:            Alex Birthright, Jaysa Ciccone, JoJo Harris, Bella Loos, Bailee Luciano, Belle McNally, Brandon Posey, Cain Scoggins, Caroline Smith, Jordan Stull

BB:         Alex Birthright, Jaysa Ciccone, Kouper Kraus, Max Little, Bella Loos, Belle McNally, Caroline Smith, Alex Sullivan, Lex Vaughn, Lily Walker

A:            Braedan Jacobs, Logan Robinson, Shelby Smith, Avery Witte

AAA:      Ian Malone

AAAA:   Ian Malone

The next and last meet for some of the GPAC 12-and-unders will be the Summer Finale at UWF in a week. After that, the team will focus on the Southeastern championships, which will have a very big group of these swimmers attending.