GPAC girls take 10th at Sectionals

Greg Johnson
Mar 25, 2019

                Just ten days after the team’s best finish in years at the Southeastern championships, an all-star squad of eleven girls from GPAC’s senior group hit the road again to take on some of Florida’s fastest swimmers at the Southern Zone South Sectional championships held in Plantation, FL March 7-10. The team’s combined efforts culminated in a tenth-place team finish for the GPAC girls.

               “The meet was a little different for the team in that it was contested in long course meters,” said head coach Greg Johnson. “I think the swimmers were a little unsure of how things would go racing in a totally different environment than they had for the last seven months, but all worries were calmed once we got things going.”

               The GPAC team boasted three championship finalists at the meet, with senior and team captain Cali Wilson, 17, leading the way by placing fifth in the 100m breaststroke the first night. She also won the consolation heat to place ninth in the 50m breaststroke and won the bonus heat in the 200m IM. Wilson went on to set life-best times in all five of her individual events and set a new ‘A’ time in her 100m butterfly.

               Megan Corcoran, 13, the youngest member of the team, won eighth place in the 200m butterfly and smashed the team record from 1984. Her swim in the preliminaries broke the record, and then she reset the record again at night in the finals, setting a new ‘AAAA’ time in the process. She also scored in the 800m free where she placed 21st.

               Emma Wortman, 14, was a finalist in all three of the breaststroke races, with an eighth-place finish and new team record in the 200m breaststroke. Her time of two minutes, 46.96 seconds knocked over a second off the old mark from 1994. She also made the bonus consolation finals in the 50 and 100m breaststroke races. Emma posted new life-best times in five of her six individual events over the weekend, including a new ‘AAA’ time in the 200m butterfly.

               Along with Megan and Emma, Landry Hadder, 14, set a new team mark in the 400m individual medley. Landry dropped nearly four seconds in the preliminaries in the race, and then came back at night to shave another four seconds to drop the team record from 1994 down, set a new ‘AAAA’ time  and place tenth overall. Landry also placed 21st in the 1500m free.

               Trinity Devanney, 15, Makayla Ludwick, 17, and Sara Lypko, 14, rounded out the GPAC finalists at the meet. Devanney, who swam all life-best times at the meet, placed 21st in the 400m IM and set a new ‘AAA’ time. She also set a pair of new ‘AA’ times in her 100 backstroke and 200 breaststroke. Ludwick nabbed a pair of 14th-place finishes in the 50 and 100m backstrokes. Lypko, who set new personal best times in all of her individual events swam to a 19th-place finish in the 200m breaststroke.

               Paige Bridges, 15, posted best times in all her individual events by dropping in both her 100 and 200m backstroke races, setting a new ‘A’ time in each. Maren Mackey, 15, set a new ‘AA’ times in her 200m breaststroke.

               It wasn’t all girls who traveled to the meet. Seth Scoggins, 16, was the lone boy who made the trip. Seth dropped time in both his 100 and 200m breaststrokes. Seth made the bonus finals heat in the 200 breaststroke.

               The meet was a great end to a long season for the GPAC senior team, and a great starting point to the summer long course season.