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Big team has big time in Auburn For the first time since 2018, the GPAC team spent a sunny fall weekend at one of the favorite pools in the Southeast, as over 60 swimmers, 40 percent of the team, raced at the War Eagle Invitational held at Auburn University October 15-17. “This is always a fun and popular meet for the team,” said head coach Greg Johnson. “That was very evident with the number of swimmers who signed up to swim. We had so much energy throughout the weekend with...

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Two high-point winners among many great swims in PCB A break in the summer heat signaled the GPAC team that it was time once again to head over to Panama City Beach for the annual first travel meet of the season. The cool mornings and sunny afternoons added to the great atmosphere and fast swimming as 52 of the team’s swimmers got many new best times and great experience at the Speedo Beach Blast September 24-26. “We enjoy coming to this meet, and this is usually a great way to...

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Two GPAC seniors named Scholastic All-America For the second year in a row, a pair of GPAC swimmers were named to USA Swimming’s Scholastic All-America list, announced by the organization last week. Landry Hadder and Emma Wortman, both seniors at Pace High School, made the prestigious list of top-notch student-athletes from around the country. In all, just about 1,600 swimmers made the team. The pair were the first GPAC swimmers in several years that made the list after their junior year. Swimmers must demonstrate their prowess in the classroom as...

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Fifteen swimmers honored with All-Stat status The second-highest number of GPAC 14-and-under swimmers in over 10 years were named to the Southeastern Swimming All-Star team, as announced by the times coordinator last week. Fifteen swimmers earned the honor and represented each age group from eight-and-under to 13-14. “It is always exciting to see the All-Star team list posted each September,” said Coach Nathan Smith. “The swimmers who are willing to try new and longer events are very often rewarded with the honor of the all-star designation. This was certainly the...

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Team kicks off 2021-22 season at time trials A new short course season for the GPAC team was ushered in with the team tradition of new uniforms, a team photo and the biannual team time trials at the UWF aquatic center on September 28. “It was exciting to see so many returning team members, as well as so many new ones,” said team head coach Greg Johnson. “We were glad to be back at UWF for this event and be able to see the swimmers race in this team meet.”...

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GPAC wins three events, sets new records at Southeasterns NASHVILLE—Three individual champions and multiple new team records were the highlights of the weekend, as 42 GPAC swimmers raced to a 10th place team finish at the 2021 Southeastern Swimming Long Course Championships held in Nashville, TN July 16-18. “The team really came together over the weekend,” said GPAC head coach Greg Johnson. “I believe that the support of their teammates really made a difference in their racing and the swimmers had fun doing it.” Winning the 100-meter breaststroke on the...

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The GPAC team finished its 2021 long course regular season with over 65 percent best times, two new team records, six high point champions and handfuls upon handfuls of new time standards at the Summer Finale Invitational held at the UWF aquatic center June 25-27. “We have been steadily improving all season,” said lead PSC coach Nathan Smith. “This is the fifth meet in a row that we have made over 60 percent time improvements, as well as reaching many new motivational times. The swimmers have really been working hard...

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GPAC swimmers make strides at Lalor meet Marking the official beginning of summer for the GPAC team, the Tom Lalor Invitational swim meet made its return to the UWF aquatic center for the first time since 2019 on June 4-6. GPAC boasted nearly 100 swimmers and took the team title along with four individual high point winners. “It was great to be able to host this meet again,” said head coach Greg Johnson. “This meet has always drawn great competition from around the region, and has always been known for...

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More great racing for GPAC in Panama City Beach The GPAC team continued its season and concluded its May competitions in Panama City Beach at the PCST Speedo Long Course Invitational May 15-16. Led by many new best times and event winners, GPAC captured the team win by over 250 points. “We had a really fun weekend,” said GPAC coach Alex Gillespie. “Many of the swimmers have competed at least three times, and the more they race, they faster they are improving.” Many of the team saw new best times...

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Six GPAC swimmers win high point, many best times at Flip Flop GPAC kicked off its home meet season for the first time in two years by hosting seven teams from around the region and 100 of its own swimmers at the Flip Flop Invitational swim meet May 1-2 at the University of West Florida aquatic center. “It was a great little meet and I’d like to thank our team’s families for their help,” said head coach Greg Johnson. “The team has gotten some good long course swimming experience over...