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Gregory Johnson

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...

Gregory Johnson

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...

Gregory Johnson

USA Swimming released its annual list of Scholastic All-America swimmers last week, and two of GPAC’s graduated swimmers were honored. William Henderson and James Tracey are the first GPAC swimmers to make the national list since 2014. William Henderson, who is now a freshman at Florida Atlantic University, and James Tracey, a freshman at Kenyon, made the requisite GPAC of 3.5 or higher and scored the qualifying times for the honor with their Winter Junior Nationals times swum last season. Congratulations to these fine representatives of GPAC’s student-athletes. This recognition...

Gregory Johnson

GPAC returns to competition at team time trials After having to postpone the original date due to some bad weather, 116 GPAC swimmers tested some new meet protocols and raced in their first meet since February at the team time trials at Hunter Pool in Pensacola. “I hated to have to call off the first one,” said head coach Greg Johnson. “But we were able to get almost every swimmer back on the rescheduled date, and had a great time watching the team return to competition.” Although the format and...

Gregory Johnson

Huntsville, AL—On the shoulders of Ian Malone’s six individual wins and Megan Corcoran’s trifecta of victories and multiple championship finalists, the 44-member GPAC squad scored it’s third consecutive top-five team finish in a field of nearly 60 teams at the 2020 Southeastern Swimming Short Course Championships held in Huntsville, AL February 21-23. “Once again, this was a total team effort,” said GPAC head coach Greg Johnson. “Ian swam superbly, and Megan is definitely a great competitor who has consistently scored for the team. But without the depth we had from...

Gregory Johnson

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...

Gregory Johnson

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...

Gregory Johnson

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...

After the last meet concluded, USA Swimming last week announced its final national rankings, and GPAC Junior group swimmer Makayla Ludwick was among the nation’s best. Ludwick, now 13, placed fifth in the nation among the 12-year old girls for her team record-setting performance in the 800-meter freestyle at this summer’s Southeastern Swimming Championships. Her time of 9 minutes, 29.18 seconds was only two seconds away from being third in the nation! “A national ranking wasn’t really on my radar,” said Makayla. “I just wanted to beat the top seed...

It seemed a little more like paradise this year, as the clouds broke and sun shone on a large GPAC squad that captured second place at the Nike Paradise Invitational held in Panama City Beach September 19-21. GPAC had over 85 swimmers attend the meet; the most swimmers at an away meet in over five years! Friday night at the meet had the 13 and over swimmers racing in a sprint pentathlon, where each swimmer competed in a 50-yd race of each stroke, and a 100-yd individual medley. Scores were...