ACAC Begins Championship Season With Great Results

By:  Chip Fischer

Pictures: Assistant Coach Jacob Gump Poses With Young Ladies of ACAC

The Atomic City Aquatic Club (ACAC) competed in the 2020 Southeastern Region 2 Championships in Chattanooga and came away with some great performances.

Many swimmers contributed team points by placing in the top 8 in their respective races.  Others also made Southeastern cuts, providing an opportunity to swim at the Southeastern Championships in Huntsville, AL.  41 swimmers competed.

Leading the way were swimmers who made Southeastern cuts and scored points for the team. Stephen Zhukov (13) won three events, took 2nd in three, had a seventh place finish, and made Southeasterns in six events.  Aydan Skelton (12) won the 50 Fly and 100 IM, placed in the top 7 in five other events, and made Southeasterns in three events.  Karley Wolfgram (12) placed in the top 8 in three events and made two Southeastern cuts. Alton Alexander (17) had three top 6 finishes and made Southeasterns in the 100 Breast.  Leah Alexander placed second in the 100 Back, in which she made a Southeastern cut, and placed 5th in the 50 Back. Jeffrey Nichols (10) placed 4th in the 50 Breast and in a time trial made Southeasterns in that event.

Other swimmers contributed points to the team.  Benjamin Helus (10) placed in the top 8 in seven events, as did Benjamin Martin (7).  Keyara Colandro (14) placed in the top 8 in five events.  Logan Williams (10) had three top 7 finishes.  Carl Helus (13) took 4th in three events.  Amelia Hodge (14) had top 8 finishes in the 100 Breast and 200 Breast.  Emmerson Zimmer had top 8 finishes in the 100 Free and 50 Back.  Savannah Miniard (14) had top 6 finishes in the 500 Free and 1650 Free.  Hallie Hill (10) placed 3rd in the 500 Free. Jessica Schaefer (9) took 5th in the 500 Free.  Charlie Rockafellow (9) came in 7th in the 200 IM.  Emalee Abbott (16) took 8th in the 500 Free. Sam Duby (9) took 8th in the 200 Free.  Margaret Froning (17) placed 8th in the 100 Breast.  Collin Suddeth (13) came in 8th in the 200 Breast. 

The coaching staff was very pleased with the efforts of the swimmers who competed at the Regionals. Next, 19 ACAC swimmers who made Southeastern cuts this season have opted to compete in the Southeastern Championships. 

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