Age Group Championship Season Wraps up with TAGS

Age Group Championship Season Wraps up with TAGS

July has been hot in and outside of the pool for MAC swimmers at age group championship meets


7/30/2018 — The age-group, long-course season wrapped up Sunday night with the final session of the Texas Age Group Swimming (TAGS) Championship meet in Austin on the University of Texas campus.

MAC athletes, coaches and families have been busy all July with four age group championship meets. It is an exciting time of the year, as swimmers compete for a best time, a cut for another meet, a record, a spot on a team or even a title. There were a lot of those accomplishments.

What follows are high-level recaps of the Gulf Sprint Series Championship, the Gulf Age Group Championship, Gulf Summer Championship and TAGS.

RECAP: Gulf Sprint Series Championship Meet at MAC (July 14-15)
Allie Rosebush, Nyah Satterfield and Nicholas Satterfield are MAC’s top scorers

Thirty-eight MAC swimmers competed at our own pool for a two-day, short-course meet on July 14-15. On both days, the girls competed in the morning, while the boys swam in the afternoon.

MAC finished sixth out of 14 teams in the combined scoring. Girls were a solid fifth and the boys eighth. 

Top MAC scorers were Nyah Satterfield (7) and Allie Rosebush (8) for the girls. On the boy’s side, Nicholas Satterfield (7) was tops with 23 points.

Nyah scored 29 points by placing in the top seven in all of her seven individual events. Allie scored 22 points with big points coming from her win in the 500-Yard Free. Nicholas led the boys with 23 points, which included a win in the 100-Yard Fly.

Morelia Cabrejos (10), Sofi Knapp (6), Kimberly Sanchez (12), Megan Schmidt (9), and Vanessa Yakunovich (12) all contributed to MAC’s total by scoring double-digit points in their events.

The coaches said all of the kids have shown great improvement in their strokes and had fun at the meet, which always translates to some fast swimming. The coaches also want to thank all of the volunteers who came out to make the meet happen, especially since there were two other meets occurring in the Gulf area at the same time.

Full meet results can be found on Meet Mobile app and on the Gulf Swimming site.

RECAP: Gulf Age Group Championship at FLEET (July 13-15)
Sophia Cristal and Landon McDaniel Are Top Scorers for MAC

MAC’s girls placed third and the boys sixteenth out of 35 teams at the Gulf Age Group Championship held at Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club’s (CFSC) outdoor pool on July 13-15.

Twenty-five MAC athletes from the 10 & Under, 11-12 and 13-14 age groups competed in hot weather and against steep competition. For some, it was their season-ending championship meet, while for others it was a tune-up for the Texas Age Group Swimming (TAGS) Championship.

Six MAC girls scored more than 40 points each. Sophia Cristal (12) was the highest point-scorer with 62, while Alexi Eversull (12) scored 57 points, Ella Britt (10) scored 53, Claire Culberson (13) contributed with 48, Lauren Matula (12) scored 45, and Hailey Rees (13) chipped in with an important 41.

Cristal’s top finishes to make her the high MAC point earner were a third in the 100-Meter Fly, a fifth in the 100-Meter Breast, and a sixth in the 400-Meter Free.

On the boy’s side, Landon McDaniel (10) and Benjamin Fedoruk (11) scored 51 and 49 points with their strong racing.

McDaniel’s strongest results came in the freestyle events with a third in the 400-Meter Free and a sixth in the 200-Yard Free, while Fedoruk earned the majority of his points in the 50-Meter, 100-Meter and 200-Meter Breaststroke.

Full meet results can be found on Meet Mobile app and on the Gulf Swimming site.

RECAP: Gulf Summer Champs at FLEET (July 20-22)

Bream, Cristal, Jones, Nelson and Sorensen lead the way with wins

MAC girls and boys, spanning all age groups, combined to place seventh out of 27 teams at another hot-weather meet at the FLEET outdoor facility on July 20-22.

The format of this meet saw the 13-14 and 15 & Over age groups swim their prelims in the morning, while the 10 & Under and 11-12 age groups had prelims in the afternoon. All age groups had finals in the evening, when it was a little cooler.

Individual event wins came from Anna Bream (11) in the 200-Meter Breast, Christian Cristal (15) in the 400-Meter IM, Raven Jones (15) in the 800-Meter Free, Haley Nelson (16) in the 400-Meter Free, and C.J. Sorensen (13) in the 400-Meter Free.

Christian along with Caelan Fulton (13), Cole Gildersleeve (11), Kaitlyn Koenig (11), Hannah Matula (17) and Wyatt Merriken (9) were all big performers, as they scored triple-digit points in their individual events.

Anna, Raven, Haley and C.J. were double-digit point eaners along with Reena Crane (10), Trinity Curran (12), Salimas Damas (16), Julia Ferguson (12), Liv Flores (14), Caroline Frazier (12), Lynsie Jones (10), Tristan Lashbrook (15), Rylee Mitchell (17), McKinley Mouton (15), Shivani Mundra (12), Santiago Rueda (14), and Melony Wooley (9).

Full meet results can be found on Meet Mobile app and on the Gulf Swimming site.

RECAP: Texas Age Group Swimming (TAGS) Championships at UT (July 25 – 29)

Dean Jones and Jack Culberson swim to multiple wins and records, including a National Age Group record for Jones

MAC athletes left Austin Sunday night with a twelfth-place finish out of 65 teams at the Texas Age Group Swimming (TAGS) Championships. In addition to the team accomplishment, a few swimmers left with a stack of individual honors, which is fantastic considering just qualifying for the meet takes a lot of hard work and talent.

TAGS Titles and All Kinds of Records

Leading the way was Dean Jones, who scored 128 points to win the high-point award for 11-12 boys. Dean earned the high-point honor by winning the 100-Meter Fly, the 200-Meter Fly and the 200-Meter Free, while placing second in the 100-Meter Free, 100-Meter Back, 200-Meter Back and the 400-Meter Free. If the three golds and four silvers weren’t enough, Dean set team a few team records along the way. And if that wasn’t enough, Dean set a TAGS record in the 100-Meter Fly and a TAGS and National Age Group (NAG) record in the 200-Meter Fly. A story on Dean’s NAG record was published over the weekend in SwimSwam. If you missed it, click here to read it.

Not far behind Dean in the points standing was Jack Culberson (10), who scored 118 points on his way to becoming a three-time, TAGS winner at this year’s long-course event. Jack finished first in the 200-Meter IM, 200-Meter Free and 400-Meter Free. His winning times were all team records. Jack also finished second in the 100-Meter Back and had two third-place finishes in the 50-Meter Back and the 100-Meter Free. Jack’s lone race outside of the A Final was a win in the 100-Meter Fly B Final.

Ella Britt (10) also had a great meet, including setting a club record in the 200-Meter IM. The promising youngster scored 80 points with six top eight finishes in her individual events, including fifth place finishes in the 200-Meter IM and 200-Meter Free, a sixth in the 100-Meter Back, and a trio of seventh place finishes in the 50-Meter Fly, 100-Meter Free, and 100-Meter Fly. Ella also scored points by placing fourteenth in the 50-Meter Free.

Sarah Culberson (13) put her name into the MAC record book again. This time, the young 13-year-old swam to new marks in the 100-Meter and 200-Meter backstroke events. Sarah finished ninth with a 1:07.72 in the 100 and tenth in 2:25.61 for the 200. Sarah also had a solid showing in the 200-Meter Fly, where she placed twelfth to score important points for the team.

Mary Nordmann (13) and Zoe Nordmann (12) also had significant contributions.

Zoe notched 79.5 points with a pair of seconds, fifths and ninths. She placed second in the 200-Meter Fly and 400-Meter Free, fifth in the 200-Meter Free and 100-Meter Fly, and ninth in the 200-Meter IM and 50-Meter Free.

Mary, who takes her freestyle speed to Rochester, MN this week for USA Swimming’s Futures meet, scored 35 points by placing fourth in the 50-Meter Free, eighth in the 400-Meter Free and ninth in the 100-Meter Free.

Important Individual and Relay Points

Important points were also contributed by Gidean Karp (11), who finished fifteenth twice (100-Meter and the 200-Meter Back). Lauren Matula (12) pitched in points with an eighth in the 400-Meter Free and a sixteenth in the 50-Meter Fly. Landon McDaniel, who’s been a busy swimmer in July, placed sixteenth in the 400-Meter Free. And Sophia Cristal scored 21.5 points with an eighth in the 100-Meter Fly, a tenth in the 100-Meter Free, and a thirteenth in the 50-Free.

The 11-12 girls continued the strong tradition of MAC girls placing well in Relays. Zoe Nordmann, Lauren Matula, Alexis Eversull and Sophia Cristal swam to second in the 400-MeterFree Relay and sixth in the 200-Meter Free relay. The same foursome also finished tenth in the 200-Meter Relay.

Full meet results can be found on Meet Mobile app and on the Gulf Swimming site.