Big swims in early spring; four win high point awards in Mobile

Greg Johnson
Apr 22, 2019

In the second meet in as many weeks, 62 GPAC swimmers commuted to Mobile over the weekend of April 13-14 to set some great early-season times at the “Spirit of Mobile” invitational swim meet. In addition to the 78% best times posted, four swimmers won the high point award for their age group.

               “It was a good meet for the team,” said assistant coach Alex Gillespie. “I think the results were phenomenal for it being the first time racing long course for many of them in almost a year.”

               GPAC swimmers swept the 10 & under and 11-12 high point award for both girls and boys. Taylor Clements, 10, won the 10 & under girs’ division, setting new personal best times in all seven of her individual events and winning five of them. Taylor posted three new Southeastern (SES) qualifying times with her performances in the 50 and 100m freestyle and the 200m IM. She also set five new ‘A’ times.

               Landon Garcia, 10, won the boys’ division title in the points race. Landon won the gold in all seven of his individual races, dropping time in five of them. Landon also set a new ‘AA’ time in the 50m free.

               In the 11-12 age group, Jaydah Phelan and Logan Robinson were the high winners from GPAC. Jaydah, 12, won four individual titles and set three new personal best times. She set a new SES cut in the 100m free, which was also a new ‘AA’ time for her.

               Logan Robinson, 12, swimming one of his last meets as a 12-year-old, swam a “perfect meet.” Logan won all six of his individual events all in new personal-best times, five of which were new ‘AA’ times.

               Although they did not award a high point winner for the 13-and-over age groups, Claire Han, 14, won six-out-of-seven of her individual events. She set two new personal best times, including a new ‘AAA’ time in the 200m IM.

               Along with these swimmers, 14 GPAC swimmers won individual events, nine of whom set all best times in their events. Graeson Garcia, 9, set seven-for-seven personal best times and won the 100m backstroke in a new SES cut time. Kevin Herr, 12 won the 50m fly and 50m breaststroke and set six new best times, including a new ‘AA’ time and four new ‘A’ times. Braedan Jacobs, 12, swept the 100 and 200m backstroke events along with six new personal best and three new ‘A’ times.

               Ian Malone, 11, dropped over 30 seconds combined between his winning 400m free race and his winning 100m fly time. Ian went on to set seven new best times, including five new ‘AA’ times and one new ‘A’ time. William McNally, 10, swam six-out-of-six personal best times and snagged the win in the 50m backstroke in a new ‘AA’ time, while Jack Rowell, 15, also posted all six new best times and a win in the 200m IM. James Tracey, 17, went one-for-two in individual event wins, taking the 100m free, but posted two new life-best times.

               Landry Hadder, 14, won the 200m free and her daily lanemate and cohort Emma Wortman, 14, picked up a pair of wins in the 100m buttefly and the 200m backstroke. Emma’s time in the 100m fly was a new ‘AAA’ time for her. She also set three new ‘AA’ times at the meet.

               Many additional GPAC swimmers posted life-best times in all their individual events at the meet. Congratulations to Reed Bellar, 7, Asher Bograd, 11, Marin Bograd, 11, Peyton Godwin, 13, Jack Hebert, 12, Davis Hobbs, 10, Fiona Loos, 6, Belle McNally, 12, Kiley Menser, 10, Korbin Menser, 14, Lizzie Molchan, 16, Abby Robinson, 11, Shelby Smith, 13, and Jordan Stull, 13.

               Taking advantage of the early season to set some championship meet qualifying times, 13 swimmers accounted for 21 new cuts for the meet in Huntsville in July. Along with Clements and Graeson Garcia’s new cut times, Landry Hadder set new cuts in her 200m IM and 100m free. Claire Han picked up a new cut time in the 100m breaststroke, while Kevin Herr threw down four new cuts. Kevin qualified in the 50 and 100m free and the 50 and 100m breaststroke.

               Noah Jacobs, 10, set new cuts in his 50m free and 100m fly, and Max Little, 12, swam the cut in the 200m IM. Bella Loos, 12, picked up her first-ever SES cut in the 50m breaststroke, as did 10-year-old Linden Mason. William McNally added to his meet cuts with a swim in the 50m free, and Jaydah Phelan did as well with her swim in the 100m free. James Tracey grabbed a new cut in the 100m free as well and Emma Wortman nabbed a pair of backstroke cuts in the 100 and 200m distances.

               GPAC boasted a slew of new motivationa time standards achieved at the meet. Congratulations to the swimmers who hit these new marks:

B:           Asher Bograd, Marin Bograd, Graeson Garcia, Jack Hebert, Davis Hobbs, Lucas Kervin, Jordan LaBryer, Addison Lee, Bella Loos,                  Linden Mason, Owen Mayer, Korbin Menser, Emma O’Neill, Abby Robinson, Colin Shelton, Brianna Smith, Jordan Stull

BB:         Graeson Garcia, Jack Hebert, Kevin Herr, Braedan Jacobs, Lucas Kervin, Jordan LaBryer, Max Little, Bella Loos, Brina Loos, Bailee                 Luciano Owen Mayer, Belle McNally, Kobi Menser, Korbin Menser, Jackson O’Neill, Olivia Quale, Jack Rowell, Brianna Smith,           
               Jordan Stull, Lex Vaughn, Avery Witte

A:           Taylor Clements, Kevin Herr, Braedan Jacobs, Max Little, Ian Malone, William McNally, Korbin Menser, Lizzie Molchan, Jack Rowell,                 Shelby Smith

AA:         Lanson Garcia, Kevin Herr, Ian Malone, William McNally, Jaydah Phelan, Logan Robinson, Emma Wortman

AAA:      Claire Han, Emma Wortman

               The swimmers now prepare for May, which will include a meet at UWF, as well as travel to Panama City Beach. “The long course season goes quickly,” said head coach Greg Johnson. “This meet was very encouraging as it shows the team is headed in the right direction at the right times.”