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Robinson wins Most Outstanding as team finishes strong at Region IV champs Great team participation coupled with strong season-ending performances marked the GPAC team’s final short course season home meet at the Southeastern Swimming Region IV championships held at the University of West Florida aquatic center February 14-16. The meet served as the eight-and-under age group’s championship meet, where the team took second-place overall. Lane Robinson, 7, was named “Most Outstanding” male swimmer for the meet, after sweeping victories in seven of his nine individual events and amassing 70 points...

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A quick turn-around of just a week proved to be enough time for the GPAC team to regroup and swim faster, as the GPAC team of 40 swimmers made a big impact at the Mac Crutchfield Invitational held on the campus of Florida State University January 24-26. “Back-to-back weekends of racing is tough,” said head coach Greg Johnson. “Most of these swimmers swam a full schedule the weekend before, and to come to this meet five days later and continue to improve is a job well-done.” GPAC had one swimmer...

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More than 110 GPAC swimmers started off the new year with tremendous performances at the GPAC Winter Invitational held at UWF aquatic center January 17-19. “It was great to see so many swimmers participate,” said GPAC’s newest age group coach Nathan Smith. “Many of them put some good work over the holiday and over last couple of weeks, and they definitely saw the results.” Four GPAC swimmers earned the high-point award for their age group at the meet. Two of the winners came from GPAC’s youngest crew. Marcella Dos Santos...

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Senior team member James Tracey became the newest GPAC swimmers to commit to swim for a collegiate team, as he announced his offer of admissions to Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. “I chose Kenyon because it had everything I wanted in a college,” James said. “I really liked the small class sizes, a very fast swim team and a great community. It was a great fit for me.” Tracey, a distance specialist who began swimming with GPAC at age 9 in the Blue group, is the current team record holder...

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A squad of 22 GPAC swimmers competed in their last meet of 2019 with great results as they raced in the PNY Holiday Invitational held in Gulf Shores, AL December 7-8. One out of every two swims was a new best time for the GPAC team. The meet was separated into divisions based on time standards, and GPAC had 14 individuals win events in their respective divisions. Marcela Dos Santos, 8, and William Shoesmith, 10, led the way for the team with seven individual wins each. Marcela also posted six...

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Thankful seconds: GPAC swimmers capitalize on prelims/finals at Gravy Bowl Swimming the first meet of the season with a preliminary/final format, the GPAC squad of more than 130 swimmers made big waves and dropped massive time at the 2019 Gravy Bowl Invitational held at the UWF aquatic center November 22-24. “It was great to have the whole team at the meet,” said GPAC head coach Greg Johnson. “This meet is always a starting point for the rest of our season, since the coaches can now really see where everyone is...

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Ten GPAC swimmers named to PNJ All-Area teams The annual list of the top sports stars in the Greater Pensacola area was released last week by the Pensacola News Journal, and ten of GPAC’s senior team made up the entire list of both boys’ and girls’ swimming teams. Sophomore Claire Han, who had a tremendous run to the 2A state meet, was named the female swimmer of the year. The Pensacola High School state finalist went undefeated through the district 1 meet and through the region 1 2A meet in...

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Columbus, GA In the last fall meet before the team’s home opener, “Gravy Bowl,” a small squad of 21 swimmers headed to Columbus, GA to race in the Hurricane Fall Classic October 25-27. As many as 56% new best times were achieved and many swimmers made strides to set themselves up for a great mid-season meet in late November. Leading the way for GPAC was Lane Robinson, 7, who proved to the best 8-and-under at the meet by winning all eight of his individual events. Lane also set personal best...

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Just two weeks and about 175 miles separated the GPAC swimmers from their first season meet to the second, as more than 40 swimmers headed over to Mobile to race in the Vance Rose Invitational October 4-6. Ian Malone, 11, was the sole high-point winner for the GPAC team, as he laid claim to victory in four of his individual events, and finished second in three others. Ian posted personal best times in all nine of his events, and posted six new ‘AA’ times. GPAC boasted a few other individual...

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Southeastern Swimming announced its annual list of all-star performers last week, and thirteen of GPAC’s own were among the best in the LSC. For the 2018-19 short course season, nine swimmers earned the distinction. Megan Corcoran, now 13, earned her place among the all-stars in both her short season as a 12-year-old and as a new 13-year-old. Megan finished as the SES champion in the 200-yd butterfly and had the top time in the LSC. Landon Garcia, now 11, earned his fifth consecutive designation for his performances last year as...