July 27, 2019
By: Chip Fischer
Pictures: Top (Left to Right - Boys Relay): Zack Telep, Alton Alexander, Tais Brown, Harper Houk
Bottom: ACAC Boys and Coach Chris
26 Atomic City Aquatic Club (ACAC) swimmers and two affiliated swimmers made their presence known at the 2019 Southeastern Championships. The team placed sixth out of 45 teams, a remarkable feat. Team records were broken, and Junior National and Futures cuts were obtained.
Leading the way for ACAC, Landon Hall (10) won High Point for the 10 and unders, and Logan Hall (12) and Stephen Zhukov (12) tied for second in their Age Group. Andrew Chou (12), Logan Hall and Stephen Zhukov were named to the Southeastern Zone All Star team. This is an honor bestowed upon swimmers for whose three best races had power points calculated and landed in the top 8 of all competitors in their respective age groups.
Adding to the accolades, Harper Houk (17) made Junior Nationals in the 100 Breast, and Tais Brown (15) made it in the 200 Fly. Harper Houk, Bryar Long, Zack Telep (16), Tais Brown, Kian Schumacher, Abigail King (14), Emily Aycock (18), Rachel Aycock (17), and Abbey Aycock (17) made Futures cuts.
Fourteen swimmers obtained points for the team. Landon Hall won four races and placed second in two. Logan Hall and Stephen Zhukov each had two victories, two 2nd places, and two 3rd place performances. Emily Aycock had three top 5 finishes. Andrew Chou had four top 6 finishes. Rachel Aycock had four top 7 finishes. Abigail King had four top 8 finishes. Mason Fischer (14) took three top 8 races. Harper Houk placed in the top 15 in four events. Tais Brown took 4th in the 200 Fly and 13th in the 100 Fly. Kuba Shaw (12) was 7th in the 400 Free and 8th in the 200 Free. Camden Gerchar (14) was 8th in the 800 Free. Jessica King (14) was 6th in the 1500 Free. Abbey Aycock earned points by taking 11th in the 200 Fly.
The other swimmers who made Southeastern cuts and competed at this meet were Alton Alexander (17), Broden Barlow (12), Colin Choi (9), Joshua Ciociari (12), Stuart Greene (12), Benjamin Helus (9), Egan Rawn (14), Austen Reid (19), Karol Shaw (10), Aydan Skelton (11), Zack Telep (16), and Sarah Walker (17). They each made ACAC proud.
Coach Andy Wagner and the whole ACAC family had much to be proud of in this meet. For more information about ACAC please contact Dean Gerchar by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to swim4acac.com.