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Gregory Johnson

New Season Brings New Faces GPAC team members started off the 2022-2023 short course season with the annual team photo and time trials meet at the UWF Aquatic Center on August 27th. The morning began with over 120 new and returning swimmers lined up for a handful of new team shirts, a GPAC cap and a new team drawstring bag. In addition, Swim and Tri came to the intrasquad meet armed with new GPAC bags, jackets, and the team suit! Many parents volunteered in several ways during the intrasquad meet...

Gregory Johnson

Malone repeats as Most Outstanding, Clements wins title and GPAC takes 7th at SES Champs HUNTSVILLE, AL—Ian Malone and Taylor Clements notched new individual titles and a tremendous team effort led the GPAC team to a seventh-place finish at the 2022 Southeastern Swimming Long Course championships held in Huntsville, AL July 14-17. “It was a really exciting weekend,” said GPAC’s new age group coach Logan Cale. “The swimmers were very positive and very supportive of each other. Watching GPAC swimmers win their events and the team placing so well was...

Gregory Johnson

Summer Finale wraps the season for GPAC Seventy five GPAC swimmers raced in the final home meet of the long course season at UWF, as GPAC hosted the Summer Finale Invitational July 9-10. GPAC swimmer combined for nearly 70% life-best times, making this the sixth meet this season of more than 60% best times. GPAC had four swimmers win high-point for their age groups. Isla Fox and Nicky Lypko, both 10, won the 10-and-under age group’s point race. Isla swam six-for-six personal best times and won both the 50m backstroke...

Gregory Johnson

Not there for a long time; GPAC competes in Sarasota For the first time since the summer of 2019, 22 GPAC swimmers got to board a charter bus and showcased their swimming at the Sarasota Shark Open held in Sarasota, FL June 16-19. “Team travel is a fundamental experience for a club swimmer,” said head coach Greg Johnson. “We were excited to get an invitation to Sarasota again and be able to take a team on a bus to meet of that level. I think the swimmers had a great...

Gregory Johnson

ATAC LC INVITATIONAL GPAC swimmers traveled to Tallahassee late last month to compete at the ATAC Long Course Invitational. GPAC had a total of 11 swimmers attend the meet from June 24th-26th, with over 60% best times for all the swimmers combined and nine out of eleven achieved at least one new best time. GPAC had two swimmers achieve High-Point awards for their age groups at ATAC, with the first being Marcela Dos Santos (10) and Axel Phillips (9). Marcela was nine-for-nine wins on the weekend in her events, while...

Gregory Johnson

Four claim high point wins as GPAC hosts annual Lalor meet Four of GPAC’s 14-and-under swimmers claimed the high-point title as the team marked the traditional beginning of summer for the swimmers at the Tom Lalor Invitational meet held at UWF’s aquatic center June 3-5. “It was great to host all these teams again,” said head coach Greg Johnson. “This summer, teams are traveling again and it is great to have large teams come to our meet to provide tremendous competition for our swimmers.” After being canceled in 2020, and...

Gregory Johnson

GPAC swimmers race to more best times in PCB Braving the possibility of spring showers and storms, and ultimately facing those storms on the second day of the meet, 42 GPAC swimmers raced to more best times at the PCST May Invitational held in Panama City Beach May 21-22. GPAC boasted over 64% best times in all races over the weekend. Ten-year-old Marcella Dos Santos led the way for GPAC, winning six of her eight events and posting four new life best times, including a new ‘A’ time and Southeastern...

Gregory Johnson

Flip Flop kicks off long course for GPAC team More than 100 GPAC swimmers returned to competition for the long course season at the team-hosted Flip Flop Invitational held at UWF April 30-May 1. GPAC boasted nearly 82% best times over the weekend, while four GPAC girls and two boys won their respective flip-flopped age groups. In keeping with the name Flip Flop, the age groups are made into “odd age groups,” where the odd numbered ages are the competing with the younger age group. “We had a great turn-out...

Gregory Johnson

GPAC Sectional team competes in Cary Rounding out the short course season, 13 GPAC swimmers from across three training groups took the first team trip post-COVID to compete at the Eastern Section of the Southern Zone Senior Sectional championships held in Cary, NC March 10-13. Senior Landry Hadder was the stand-out performer for the GPAC team. Hadder, 17, made the consolation finals in the 400-yd IM, setting a new life-best time in the event, a new ‘AAAA’ time and finishing tenth overall. The next evening in her newly-discovered middle distance...

Gregory Johnson

GPAC races to a fifth-place team finish at SES champs Huntsville, AL- Ian Malone won all six of his individual events, set seven new team records and was named Most Outstanding swimmer in his age group as his performances, along with many others, propelled the GPAC team to a fifth-place team finish at the 2022 Southeastern Swimming short course championships held in Huntsville, AL February 24-27. “Things really worked out nicely,” said GPAC head coach Greg Johnson. “We had good morning swims that set up the swimmers to race hard...