Paris Binard Leads Coast At SES With First NCSA Cut!!!

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It was a great weekend in Huntsville last week as Coast Aquatics sent 18 swimmers to compete in the Southeastern Championships.  With a smaller group the team still managed a top 25 team performance and had some standout swims along the way.


Leading the pack in standout swims was Paris Binard.  After a weekend of awesome swims, best times and Top 8 performances she saved her best for last.  The 100 fly is the last event of the meet and Paris came in seeded 22nd with a time of 58.2.  In prelims she had a great swim going 57.6 good enough for 10th place then in finals dropped another full second winning the consols in 56.51 and punching her ticket to Orlando.

Friday got started with awesome swims right off the bat with finals swims for Paris 8th and Page Dolloff 16th in the 50 fly.  On the men’s side Nathaniel Rudman was 5th and Max Floyd was 13th. The 200 frees were up next and Jacob Owen had a nice drop to get 11th in the 11-12 boys.  In the 100 back Nolan Steele narrowly missed the final getting 10th place and in the senior age group Nathaniel Rudman was 13th.   Friday would finish with some very strong IM swims.  Elizabeth Breck dropped a couple seconds to get 12th in 11-12 girls.  In the Senior 400 IM Ayden Horrigan was14th and Beth Balent was 16th both dropping significant time in Prelims to get second swims.  The Senior girls relay of Binard, Dolloff, Brackett and Kaitlyn Vroon swam to a 14th place finish while the Men’s relay of Rudman, Tyler Woodworth, Chris Tang and Logan McCarroll were 9th place with a NCSA Junior National qualifying time.

Saturday started with great swims in the 50 back from Paris who was 7th and Nolan Steele who was 9th.  In the 200 fly Beth Balent posted a 13th place finish.  In the 50 free Fletch Crumbaugh was 14th in the 13-14 age group and Tyler Woodworth had the highest finish of the weekend for Coast swimmers grabbing 4th in the Senior 50 free.  Ashlynn Brackett closed out the day with a strong 12th place performance in the Senior 200 breast.  Not to be outdone by his older teammates Tristan Cooper had a great weekend getting 10th in the 500 free and going best times in the 200 free and 100 back.  Saturday was wrapped up with the Senior girls relay of Binard, Brackett, Dolloff, and Vroon getting 12th and the men’s relay of Tang, Floyd, Rudman, and Woodworth swam to a great top 8 performance until a very “suspect” false start call.

Sunday Coast Aquatics would finish strong with top 8 swims by Fletch Crumbaugh in the 100 free 8th and Ayden Horrigan in the 1650 where she dropped over 20 seconds to finish 8th.  Consolation swims from Coast Aquatics on Sunday came from Jacob Owen 11th in the 100 free, Tyler Woodworth 9th in the 100 free, Ashlynn Brackett 11th in the 200 breast, Paris Binard in the previously mentioned 100 fly, and Chris Tang 13th in the 100 fly.

In all it was a great weekend at a great venue.  We do have 3 athletes that will be going to Orland in March to represent Coast in the NCSA Junior Nationals and then we will turn the page on this short course season.  Let’s make a big push for Music City this summer with the Southeastern Meet in Nashville.  Grab your guitar, get to practice, and let’s go make some long course cuts.  Schedule for long course will be out early next week!!!  GO COAST!!!!

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