GPAC races out season at Region IV Champs

Greg Johnson
Feb 19, 2019

A great team turn-out and many, many big swims marked the end of the GPAC team’s season at the Southeastern Swimming Region IV Championships held at the University of West Florida’s aquatic center February 15-17.

               The Region IV championship meet serves mainly as the “big meet” for the team’s 8-and-under swimmers, and GPAC had a great showing by its few but mighty 8-and-unders. Lane Robinson, 6, the youngest of the young guns, led the way for the team by scoring 20 points between his eight individual events. He had three top-five places and set best times in five of his events.

               Reed Bellar, 7, was the next highest-scoring 8-and-under, tallying three points in his swims. Reed impressed all the coaches by being the youngest GPAC swimmer to race the 200-yd IM, in which he placed seventh among all the 10-and-unders at the meet! Reed also nabbed an eighth place finish and a new best time in the 50-yd butterfly, good for one point in the team totals.

               Oliver Johnson, 8, in his last meet as an 8-year-old, swam life-best times in all seven of his individual events and shaved nearly twenty seconds in total off his times. He also grabbed a seventh-place finish in his 50-yd backstroke.

               JD Ball, 8, placed sixth in his 50-yd breaststroke, adding three points to the team score. JD went on to swim six-for-seven personal best times, including his first-ever 100-yd IM.

               Sophia Bridges, 8, rounded off the GPAC 8-and-under scorers with a seventh-place finish in her 100-yd freestyle, cutting nearly three and a half seconds from her previous best. She set four other personal best times at the meet.

               Nikki Lypko, 7, also swam some good times, setting new personal bests in six-out-of-seven events.

               For all the other age groups, the meet served as a season-ending championship as well as a last-chance qualifying meet for the Southeastern championships in Huntsville the following weekend. GPAC had many swimmers post new life-best times, win events as well as set new qualifying times for the championship.

               Swimmers who swam all best times in their individual events were Asher Bograd, 11, Madison Carmichael, 12, Paige Connors, 16, Megan Corcoran, 13, Trinity Devanney, 15, Lily Green, 13, Claire Han, 14, JoJo Harris, 12, Renee Henderson, 16, Drew Henry, 11, Jooyoung Kim, 10, Lauren Logan, 14, Makayla Ludwick, 17, Sara Lypko, 14, Maren Mackey, 15, Ian Malone, 11, Gracie Matthews, 17, Belle McNally, 12, Brandon Miller, 10, Aiden Morgan, 15, Walker Parra, 17, Kat Ralls, 13, Lindsey Rauscher, 14, Abby Robinson, 10, Logan Robinson, 12, Jack Rowell, 15, Cain Scoggins, 11, Seth Scoggins, 17, Tanker Speck, 16, Lily Stockton, 15, Jordan Stull, 13, James Tracey, 17, Hudson Trammell, 14, Jameson Walker, 13, Lily Walker, 10, Hollyn Will, 13, and Cali Wilson, 17.

               GPAC’s individual event winners were Braden Barkley, 16 (200 Bk), Taylor Clements, 10 (100 fr, 200 IM), Megan Corcoran (100 fly), Trinity Devanney (200 bk, 500, 1650 fr), Landon Garcia, 10 (50, 100 fly), Claire Han (200 IM), Renee Henderson (100 fly), William Henderson, 16 (50 fr, 100 br), Braedan Jacobs, 12 (100, 500 fr), Noah Jacobs, 10 (50, 100 br), Max Little, 11 (50, 100 br, 200 IM), Sydney London, 14 (500 fr), Makayla Ludwick (50 fr), Sara Lypko (100 fr), Gracie Matthews (200 IM), Belle McNally (50 br), William McNally, 10 (50, 100 bk, 100, 200 IM), Korbin Menser, 13 (200 fr, 200 IM, 100, 200 br), Aiden Morgan (200 fly), Jaydah Phelan, 12 (100 IM), Kat Ralls (100 br, 200 br, 200 bk), Logan Robinson (50, 100 bk), Jack Rowell (200 IM, 500 fr), Shelby Smith, 13 (400 IM), Tanker Speck (100 fr), Hudson Trammell (400 IM, 100, 200 bk, 200 fly), Lex Vaughn, 12 (100 bk), Laurel Kate Voeltz, 14 (100 bk), Jameson Walker (500 fr), Lily Walker (50, 200 , 500 fr, 100 IM, 10 bk), Cali Wilson (100 fr), and Liam Winans, 16 (400 IM).

               For a last-chance qualifier, the GPAC team made quick work of the meet, adding five new first-time Southeastern qualifiers to the ranks, as well as 18 swimmers totaling 32 new cut times for the meet. Congratulations to Sara Gray, Jack Hebert, 12, Belle McNally, Korbin Menser and Lex Vaughn who posted their first cuts of the season and are now qualified for the meet. Other swimmers setting new qualifying standards were Taylor Clements, Paige Connors, Trinity Devanney, Renee Henderson, Sara Lypko, Ian Malone, Gracie Matthews, Kat Ralls, Jack Rowell, Lily Stockton, Hudson Trammell, Jameson Walker and Lily Walker.

               Other notable performances at the meet included a handful of new sectional meet qualifying times set by a range of ages and individuals: Paige Bridges, 15 (100 bk), Paige Connors (100, 200 br), Claire Han (200 IM), Renee Henderson (100 fly), Braedan Jacobs (500 fr), Belle McNally (50 br), William McNally (100 fly, 100 IM), Aiden Morgan (200 fly), Walker Parra (100 fr), Logan Robinson (50 bk), Jack Rowell (500 fr), Lily Stockton (200 bk) and Lily Walker (100 bk).

               A quartet of 13-14 girls came to the meet on Saturday to time trial the 200-yd freestyle relay for a chance at the GPAC team record. Megan Corcoran, Landry Hadder, 14, Claire Han and Emma Wortman erased the old team mark by nearly two seconds to earn their place in the record book.

               A tremendous number of new motivational time standards were set at the meet. Congratulations to these new standard breakers:

B:           Asher Bograd, Xander Brown, Ty Dunlap, Callie Harris, Mason Hockenberry, Lucas Kervin, Kouper Kraus, Addison Lee, Lauren Logan, Kaylee Loper, Owen Mayer, Kiley Menser, Brandon Miller, Jackson O’Neill, Brandon Pieretti, Clara Powell, Lane Robinson, Jordan Stull, Coulson Voeltz

BB:         Xander Brown, Madison Carmichael, Jaysa Ciccone, Ty Dunlap, Gracie Fountain, Graeson Garica, Sara Gray, Lily Green, JoJo Harris, Lucas Kervin, Jordan LaBryer, Lauren Logan, Kyle Longley, Bailee Luciano, Kiley Menser, Korbin Menser, Olivia Quale, Lindsey Rauscher, Abby Robinson, Cain Scoggins, Brianna Smith, Caroline Smith, Shelby Smith, Lily Stockton, Jordan Stull, Laurel Kate Voeltz, Jameson Walker, Avery Witte

A:           Paige Bridges, Madison Carmichael, Taylor Clements, Paige Connors, Sara Gray, Max Little, Belle McNally, William McNally, Korbin Menser, Emma O’Neill, Kat Ralls, Lindsey Rauscher, Noah Scoggins, Seth Scoggins, Shelby Smith, Hudson Trammell, Lex Vaughn, Laurel Kate Voeltz, Lily Walker, Liam Winans

AA:         Paige Bridges, Paige Connors, Trinity Devanney, Braedan Jacobs, Sara Lypko, William McNally, Kat Ralls, Lindsey Rauscher, Logan Robinson, Jack Rowell, Lily Stckton, Jameson Walker

AAA:      Trinity Devanney, Claire Han, Logan Robinson

               The Southeastern team now heads to Huntsville the weekend of February 22-24 to challenge some of the fastest swimmers in the region, and many of these swimmers will then head to points across the state of Florida as well as Atlanta in the weeks to follow to compete in sectional and national-level meets to finish the short course season.