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GPAC Senior Maren Mackey commits to Idaho Rounding out the commitments for GPAC’s class of 2021, senior Maren Mackey announced her commitment to attend and swim for the University of Idaho this week. “I am super excited to announce my commitment to swim and study a the University of Idaho,” she said. “I’d like to give a big shoutout to my teammates, coaches, parents and friends who have supported me in my swimming. I can’t wait for the next four years! Go Vandals!” Mackey became the fourth member of GPAC’s...

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Three of GPAC’s class of 2021 have signed formal letters of intent to swim for the schools they will be attending next fall. Paige Connors, 18, signed her National Letter of Intent (NLI) to swim for North Florida Univeristy at a formal ceremony at her high school, West Florida Tech, back on February 26. “I am thrilled to continue my swimming career at the University of North Florida,” she said. “When looking for a college to continue my academic and swimming career UNF stood out to me because of the...

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GPAC swimmer excel at postseason meets Two squads of GPAC swimmers headed in opposite directions—age group swimmers heading north and senior swimmers heading south—to pursue high-level, post-season competitions over the last two weeks. Eight 14-and-under swimmers traveled to Cary, NC to race in the Eastern Section of the Southern Zone Age Group championships March 11-14. Leading the way for the GPAC team was Taylor Clements, 12, and Logan Robinson, 14. Clements, fresh off a tremendous Southeastern championship meet, won a pair of bronze medals in the 50 and 100-yd breaststrokes...

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Multiple champions lead GPAC Age Group team to 4th place finish HUNTSVILLE, AL—Two weeks after the GPAC senior team captured a 4th place finish at the 2021 Southeastern Swimming senior championships, the team’s 14-and-under swimmers pulled together to duplicate the feat by winning multiple events, and having great depth with scoring swims across the board at the Southeastern Swimming (SES) age group championships in Hunstville, AL March 5-7. “Southeasterns was very different this year having the meet split into two different sections—Florida and Alabama teams in one meet, and Tennessee...

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‘Cadillac Jack’ Rowell rolls to Southeastern title, team captures 4th place at Senior Champs Huntsville,AL- Bolstered by 19 championship finals swims and a championship title by Jack Rowell in the 500-yd freestyle, the 16-member GPAC team of 11 girls and 5 boys combined to take a 4th place team finish at the 2021 Southeastern Swimming Senior championships held in Huntsville, AL February 19-21. “Like any meet, there were ups and downs,” said GPAC head coach Greg Johnson. “This meet was a different meet this year for the team, and I...

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Robinson named Most Outstanding 8 & Under at Region 4 champs In back-to-back years, eight-year-old Lane Robinson proved to be the one to beat at the Southeastern Swimming Region 4 championship meet held at the UWF aquatic center February 12-14. The meet, hosted by GPAC, served as the 8-and-under age group championship meet, as well as the season-ending meet for much of the team and the last-chance qualifying meet for the two major Southeastern Swimming championship meets. “The team looked really solid this weekend,” said GPAC age group coach Nathan...

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GPAC Swimmers cut the chill with hot swims at Winter Invite It certainly felt like winter as the temperatures barely rose out of the 40s over the weekend, but inside the aquatic center at UWF, nearly 110 GPAC swimmers kept it hot with many best times, new team records and even a few high point winners at the 2021 GPAC Winter Invitational swim meet January 15-17. Four GPAC emerged as the top contenders and were crowned the high-point winners at the meet. In her first meet as a new 9-year-old,...

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Gravy Bowl remains GPAC tradition- fast swims and teamwork! Just three weeks prior to the first session, it was still doubtful whether the 2020 Gravy Bowl would even happen. Fortunately for the 110 GPAC swimmers who raced in one of the biggest weekends in the team’s season calendar, it turned out to be a great weekend of fast swimming, made possible by some logistical changes, tight restrictions and some hard work by the GPAC staff and meet volunteers. “So many folks are looking to get racing opportunities for their team,”...

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Team goes back-to-back meet weekends in Mobile With a slight hint of fall in the air, sixty GPAC swimmers regrouped after only a week from their last swim meet to race in Mobile against some more local competition at the Vance Rose Invitational. Among the three teams at the meet, GPAC boys and girls finished second at the meet. “Although I think it was hard for some of the swimmers to manage the outside temperatures at the meet and perhaps it affected some of the swims, a chance to race...

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Three swimmers win high point PCB The swimmers were excited and happy to be back in action at the first travel meet since February, as a large team of 80 GPAC swimmers attended the PCST Beach Blast meet in Panama City Beach September 25-27. Although the team was absent from training due to Hurricane Sally for the 10 days leading up to the meet, it did not stop several swimmers from posting life-best times and three swimmers won the points race in their age group. “In many ways, this meet...