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GPAC swimmers get best times, awards at Destin

The 42-swimmer GPAC squad amassed many new best times, new cuts and several finished the weekend among the highest scoring swimmers at the Rick Byers Invitational held in Destin October 13-14. GPAC finished second as a team and was first place visiting team at the meet.

               “I am excited by how well the team swam,” said age group coach Derick Roe. “The week was a little hectic with the storm causing some disruption to our normal schedule, but the swimmers seemed excited and primed to race hard.”

               Brothers Braedan and Noah Jacobs had tremendous meets with each winning their age group’s high point award with many individual wins and new best times. Braedan, 12, won the 100-yd butterfly, 100-yd individual medley and 100-yd backstroke. He also placed second in five other events. He posted four new Southeastern cuts along with four new ‘A’ times (50, 200, 500 free, 100 fly). He went on to swim eight out of ten life-best times.

               Noah, 9, claimed six individual wins and placed second in three others to win the high point award. Noah swam nine out of ten personal best times, including new Southeastern cuts in the 100-yd fly and 200-yd free. He also set six new ‘BB’ times (50, 100, 200, 500 fr, 50, 100 fly).

               Jaydah Phelan, 12, was the girls’ high point winner for GPAC. She nearly swept the win in all ten of her individual events, placing second in only the 50-yd freestyle. She set eight new life-best times, including five new ‘A’ times (100, 200 free, 100 bk, 100 br, 50 fly).

               GPAC also had a couple of high-point runners-up at the meet, with Kevin Herr and Lily Walker both having big meets. Herr, 12, had one of the most successful meets of any swimmer on the team, setting personal best times in all eight of his individual events and winning the 50-yd free in a new ‘A’ time and a new Southeastern cut time. He went on to set three other new Southeastern cuts (100 IM, 100 fly, 100 br) and one other new ‘A’ time (100 fly). Kevin also made his first-ever Age Group Sectional qualifying time in the 50-yd fly.

               Lily Walker, 10, continued to show marked improvement as she also swam eight-for-eight personal best times and won the 10 & under girls’ 200-yd freestyle in a new ‘BB’ time. She set three other new ‘BB’ times at the meet (50 fr, 100 bk, 100 IM).

               GPAC also had four other swimmers claim the third place high point award at the meet. Taylor Clements, 10, won her 100-yd butterfly race, setting a new ‘BB’ time and placed second in four other events. Eight-year-olds Grace Crane and Graeson Garcia came through for the 8-and-under age group. Grace set four new personal best times and finished second in two races, while Garcia won the 25-yd free and placed second in two others and no lower than third in any race. Lex Vaughn, 11, placed second in three races and third in three races to place third in the point standings in her age group.

               Although he only swam one day of the meet, 12-year-old Logan Robinson surely would have been a contender for the high point award for the age group had he competed both days. Logan won all five of his races on Sunday of the meet, including a nearly 20-second drop in the 500-yd free. He set a new ‘AA’ time and a new Age Group Sectional cut in his 50-yd fly and four new ‘A’ times (100, 200, 500 fr, 100 br).

               Along with these GPAC stand-outs, a few more swimmers were individual event champions. Jack Hebert won his 50-yd breaststroke race, Walker Parra, 17, won his 500 free, 400 IM and 200 breaststroke, and Jameson Walker won his 500 free, 200 back and 200 IM races.

               Congratulations to these swimmers who posted life-bes times in all their contested events: Isaac Adams, 10, Asher Bograd, 10, Marin Bograd, 10, AT Bridgers, 10, Jaysa Ciccone, 9, Olivia Quale, 10, Logan Robinson, and Lily Walker.

               The following swimmers posted new motivational times during the weekend:

B:           Asher Bograd, Marin Bograd, Jaysa Ciccone, Sara Gray, Jack Hebert, Kevin Herr, Bailee Luciano, Owen Mayer, Olivia Quale, Avery Witte

BB:         Asher Bograd, Marin Bograd, Taylor Clements, Kevin Herr, Noah Jacobs, Abby Robinson, Lily Walker

A:           Kevin Herr, Braedan Jacobs, Jaydah Phelan, Logan Robinson

AA:         Logan Robinson

               A quick turn-around will happen for the swimmers, as the GPAC team will travel to Auburn the following weekend for more fast swimming. Many of these swimmers will go on to compete at that meet and then look toward November for two of the last meets of 2018.