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Dec 6, 2018

               A squad of 24 swimmers from across the White, Blue, Green and Senior Blue training groups capped of 2018 with fine performances at the PNY Holiday Invitational held in Gulf Shores, AL December 1-2.                Jaysa Ciccone, 10, led the way for GPAC by winning seven of her nine individual events in her division. Jaysa, who posted best times in all her individual events at the Gravy Bowl meet just two weeks earlier, set five out of nine new best times at this...

Nov 28, 2018

              GPAC swimmers found great success in the prelims/finals format by dropping many new best times and scoring big points at the team’s annual Gravy Bowl Invitational held at UWF’s aquatic center November 16-18. GPAC led all teams in scoring, nearly tripling the score of the second-place team, as well as boasting six high point winners.                Leading the way for GPAC was a sextet of swimmers winning the high-point award for their age group. For the 8-and-under age group, Callie Harris, in her...

Nov 21, 2018

               Eight swimmers were named to the Pensacola News Journal’s all-area swim team, including three who were named swimmers of the year, the newspaper announced this week.                Makayla Ludwick and Cali Wilson, both seniors at Gulf Breeze High School, were named female co-swimmers of the year. Wilson was the 2A state champion in the 100-yd breaststroke and Ludwick was the regional champion in the 100-yd backstroke and placed third at the state meet.                Tanker Speck, a junior at Gulf Breeze High School, was named male swimmer of the...

Nov 21, 2018

Another high school swim season came to a close last week and many of the GPAC swimmers had great success on the road to the state championships.                District meets-                The 3A schools (Pace, Pensacola, Tate and Washington) were the first to swim their district championship meet at UWF on October 26. GPAC swimmers accounted for wins in 10 out of 18 individual events at the meet, including a 1-2 sweep in the girls’ 200-yd freestyle, with PHS freshman Claire Han winning and WHS senior Caitlin Bridges taking second....

Nov 21, 2018

               Cali Wilson became the first GPAC swimmer to win a high school state title since 2013 after capturing the win in the 100-yd breaststroke at the FHSAA 2A High School state championship held in Stuart, FL November 17.                Cali was the top-seeded swimmer coming into the championship finals that evening, after posting a life-best and GPAC team record time of one minute, 4.15 seconds. The championship race was a close one, with Wilson trailing the leader at the half-way point. A strong final 25 yards and an exactly-timed...

Nov 6, 2018

               A good mix of age groups and training groups made up the squad of 12 swimmers who traveled to Birmingham, AL for the TYR Cranberry Classic November 2-4, and all 12 swimmers walked away with some new best times.                Leading the way for GPAC was 10-year-old Landon Garcia who won all ten of his individual events and was crowned the high-point winner for his age group. Landon set six new personal best times, including a new ‘AAA’ time in his 50-yd breaststroke. He also set two new Age...

Nov 6, 2018

Senior Cali Wilson became GPAC’s second swimmer of the class of 2019 to commit to swim for a collegiate program as she announced her verbal agreement to swim for Johns Hopkins next year.                “I was absolutely blown away by the school, the coaches and the team,” Wilson said. “I knew immediately that this was the school for me. I am so excited to spend my college life as a Blue Jay!”                Cali is a true “homegrown” GPAC swimmer who began with the team in her 10-and-under years. She...

Oct 24, 2018

The GPAC team was back in action again only five days after the last meet, with 60 swimmers posting more best times and placing among the best at the War Eagle Invitational held at Auburn University October 20-21.                 “We had a great meet from top to bottom,” said team lead coach Greg Johnson. “The age group swimmers look like they have been working hard, and they swam very well for the second weekend in a row. Even the high school swimmers saw some great swims being a little weary...

Oct 19, 2018

The 42-swimmer GPAC squad amassed many new best times, new cuts and several finished the weekend among the highest scoring swimmers at the Rick Byers Invitational held in Destin October 13-14. GPAC finished second as a team and was first place visiting team at the meet.                “I am excited by how well the team swam,” said age group coach Derick Roe. “The week was a little hectic with the storm causing some disruption to our normal schedule, but the swimmers seemed excited and primed to race hard.”                Brothers...

Sep 27, 2018

                 A large squad of GPAC swimmers made their yearly early-season visit to Panama City Beach to compete in the PCST Speedo Beach Blast September 21-23. The 63-swimmer team averaged two life-best times out of every three races and 53 of them swam at least one best time.                “It was a really good first meet for the team,” said new GPAC age group coach Derick Roe. “I thought the kids raced hard and had a good time at the meet.”                Landon Garcia,...