New season kicks off in Biloxi

Greg Johnson
Apr 17, 2019

               After five days back in the water after the team’s spring break, a crew of 41 GPAC swimmers made the quick jaunt over to Biloxi to compete in the single-day “Sprint with the BEST” meet on March 30 to officially start the long course season for the team.

               GPAC swimmers boasted a personal best time in three out of every four events at the meet, and 18 of the 41 swimmers posted best times in all their individual events, including many first-time swims. Congratulations to Jaysa Ciccone, 10, Grace Crane, 9, Peyton Godwin, 12, Sara Gray, 11, Lily Green, 14, Jack Hebert, 12, Lucas Kervin, 14, Kouper Kraus, 11, Jordan LaBryer, 11, Addison Lee, 11, Max Little, 12, Owen Mayer, 13, Korbin Menser, 14, Olivia Quale, 10, Logan Robinson, 12, Colin Shelton, 10, Hudson Trammell, 14, Jameson Walker, 13, and Rigby Whiteley, 11, who swam all best times there.

               Emerging as the sole individual event winner for GPAC, 10-year-old Lily Walker nabbed the hat trick of individual wins in the 50m free, 50m back and 50m fly. She set new best times in those events, including a new ‘A’ time in the 50m back and two new Southeastern cuts (50 fr, 50 br).

               Along with Lily, GPAC had a handful of swimmers capitalize on the meet and punch their tickets to attend the team championship in Huntsville in late July. Jack Hebert swam two new SES qualifying times in the 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly. Jaydah Phelan, 12, set a new cut in the 50m free, Colin Shelton set his first-ever Southeastern cut in the 50m back and Lex Vaughn, 12, got a new cut in the 50m free.

               Congratulations to these swimmers who set new long course motivational times at the meet:

B:           Lily Green, Callie Harris, Jack Hebert, Lucas Kervin, Jordan LaBryer, Addison Lee, Max Little, Bailee Luciano, Rylee Maiorino, Owen                Mayer, Korbin Menser, Jackson O’Neill, Olivia Quale, Colin Shelton, Hudson Trammell

BB:         Jaysa Ciccone, Sara Gray, Jack Hebert, Kouper Kraus, Bailee Luciano, Kiley Menser, Korbin Menser, Olivia Quale, Colin Shelton,                     Hudson Trammell, Lex Vaughn, Jameson Walker, Lily Walker, Avery Witte

A:           Lily Walker, Avery Witte

AA:         Jaydah Phelan, Logan Robinson, Lex Vaughn