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Alicia Slinger

ACAC Experiences New Kind of Growth By: Emilie Cooper Oak Ridge’s Atomic City Aquatic Club showed they had what it takes when the team headed to the Tennessee Aquatics January Invitational. Going into the meet, the team worked on articulating goals for times, skills, and mindset. The team has been shifting from a focus on positive mindset to that of a growth mindset, and by the end of the meet, the team had seen real results with strong finishes and new accomplishments. With a growth mindset, the team brainstormed what...

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Oak Ridge Teen Competes at National Swim Meet By: Emilie Cooper December 8th - 10th, Atomic City Aquatic Club watched with anticipation while their teammate, Andrew Chou, competed at the 2022 East Speedo Winter Junior Championships in Greensboro, NC. In a meet with over 1000 athletes competing, he was the only male athlete from the greater Knox County area. Andrew is a sophomore at Oak Ridge High School. He started swimming at age 8 for ORCA and soon followed his older brother, Ethan, to ACAC where he has swam ever...

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ACAC EXCELS AT EXCEL By: Emilie Cooper December 3-5, Atomic City Aquatic Club sent 27 swimmers to Brentwood, TN to compete in the TYR Meet of Champions hosted by Excel. While this was a smaller group than the previous meets this season, the team persevered and came together to perform strongly at this fun and challenging meet. This was the first meet of the season that had preliminaries and finals. The 11 and older group could qualify for finals if they placed in the top 18. The top 16 swimmers...

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Slow Down to Swim Fast By: Emilie Cooper On the weekend of Nov 4-6, Atomic City Aquatic Club competed with 15 other teams at the Tennessee Aquatics Fall Classic. This was by far the biggest meet of the season to date, and for some swimmers, it was the biggest meet to date of their careers. It was an opportunity for growth, communication, and a deep assessment of the team’s skills. This being the 3rd meet of the season, the coaches are “beginning to understand where we are as a team...

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ACAC PUTS ON A NEW TYPE OF MEET By: Emilie Cooper October 8th, Atomic City Aquatic Club hosted their annual home swim meet, the 2022 IMR Lois Weir Meet. This year, the meet looked a little different than usual. If you’ve ever been to a USA Swimming sanctioned swim meet in the past, you may have seen that it can last 2-3 days as they allow each age group to choose from all the possible events. This year, however, Assistance Coach Chris Franklin suggested that they try out something new...

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ACAC SPLASHES DOWN IN KINGSPORT By: Emilie Cooper In the churning waters of the Red Piranhas, Atomic City Aquatic Club showed they will not cower. 202 athletes descended on Kingsport over September 24-25 for the Red Piranhas Fall Kick Off Swimming Invitational. 46 wore the black and red swim caps of our home team, ACAC. This meet was a fantastic way to start the season. The meet had a wide range of events from fast and fun 25s and 50s of stroke to challenging endurance races like 200s of stroke,...

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ACAC Competes in TNAQ June Invitational! Check out our article in the newspaper here!

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This summer has brought sizzling heat, and so have ACAC’s swimmers. ACAC’s athletes have continued to show dedication, determination, and drive throughout the long course season which has been epitomized in their accomplishments in competition under interim Head Coach Jessica Abrahamson and Assistant Coach Chris Franklin. In their latest meet hosted by Tennessee Aquatics, 35 athletes had a total of 129 best times including 44 Southeastern Championship Time Qualifications, 4 Sectionals Championship Qualifying Times, and 2 Futures Championship Time Qualifications. ACAC elected a search committee to look for a head...

Jessica Hill

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Atomic City Aquatic Club sent 15 swimmers to the Southeastern Long Course Championships earlier this month and those athletes came home with ribbons, accolades and some astonishing new team records. Karley Wolfgram and Stephen Zhukov each broke 36-year-old ACAC team records! Wolfgram set a new record in the Girls 13-14 Long Course 100 Breast and Zhukov set a new time to beat in the Boys 13-14 Long Course 400 Freestyle. Andrew Chou set new team records for the Boys 13-14 Long Course in the 100 Back, 200 Back,...

Jessica Hill

(KINGSPORT, Tenn.) More than 30 swimmers from the Atomic City Aquatic Club (ACAC) traveled to Kingsport over Mother’s Day weekend to take on serious competition in the first Long Course meet of the 2021 season. The swim club performed highly, with more than a third of the athletes bringing home accolades for being in the top three high points winners for their age group. In the 9 Year Old Men age bracket, Ben Martin took first place with 56 points earned for the team. Evan Ciorciari took third place in...