March 3, 2020
By: Chip Fischer
Pictures: Top (Left to Right) - Karol Shaw, Jeffery Nichols, and Benjamin Helus
Recently the Atomic City Aquatic Club (ACAC) competed at the Southeastern Championships in Huntsville, AL. This is a meet open to swimmers who meet very challenging time standards. It comprises of swimmers from Tennessee, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.
A number of ACAC swimmers made finals (top 16 for older swimmers, top 8 for 13-14, 11-12, and 10 and under), which earned them points for the team. Kuba Shaw (12) took 2nd in the 500 Free, 3rd in the 100 Free and 200 Free, 4th in the 50 Free, and 6th in the 50 Back and 100 Back. Zack Telep (17) placed 3rd in the 200 Free and 200 Fly, 4th in the 100 Fly, 8th in the 100 Free, and 16th in the 100 Back. Abigail King (15) took 3rd in the 100 Fly, 5th in the 100 Back and 500 Free, and 13th in the 200 Free. Camden Gerchar (14) placed 5th in the 500 Free, 7th in the 400 IM, and 8th in the 200 Fly and 1650 Free.
There were other point-earners. Tais Brown (16) took 2nd in the 200 Fly and 14th in the 50 Fly. Aydan Skelton (12) was 3rd in the 50 Fly and 8th in the 100 Fly. Stephen Zhukov (13) placed 6th in the 500 Free and 7th in the 1650 Free. Andrew Chou (13) was 7th in the 500 Free. Karol Shaw (10) took 8th in the 50 Free. Jessica King (15) was 11th in the 1650 Free.
ACAC had a number of other swimmers who were invited to compete at this meet and did a great job. These swimmers included Alton Alexander (17), Leah Alexander (11), Keyara Colandro (14), Benjamin Helus (10), Ella Kendall (15), Grace LaCharite (15), Jeffery Nichols (10), Rosalee Wenhame (14) and Karley Wolfgram (12).
Next for ACAC will be Senior Sectionals, open to everyone who meets even higher standards than Southeasterns, but normally comprised of swimmers 15 and up. Following that will be Age Group Championships, reserved for swimmers 14 and under and broken out by standards achieved for age groups 13-14, 11-12, and 10 and under. Both of these events have more challenging standards and cover a broader geographical area than Southeasterns.
For more information about ACAC please contact Dean Gerchar by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to swim4acac.com.