Fun in the sun: More great swim in Panama City Beach

Gregory Johnson

In a quick two-week turn-around from the last meet, 49 GPAC swimmers enjoyed great weather and great team comradery all while posting over 50 % best times at the Panama City Swim Team’s 2019 May Meet. Two swimmers won the high-point award for their age group at the meet, and three swimmers were named runner-up for the award.

               Landon Garcia, 10, enjoying the twilight of his 10-and-under days as a swimmer, won all eight of his individual events and set new best times in six of them. His time in the 200m IM was good for a new ‘AAA’ time and he set a new ‘AA’ time in the 100m backstroke.

               Ian Malone, 11, won three individual events and placed second in three others to win the high-point title for the 11-12 age group by just five points over teammate Kevin Herr. Ian set five new personal best times, including a pair of new ‘A’ times in his 50m breaststroke and 100m backstroke.

               Kevin Herr, 12, swept the butterfly events, winning the 50 and 100m races and came through with a pair of second place finishes to help GPAC win both awards for the 11-12 age group. Kevin swam 50% new best times and posted a new ‘AA’ time in the 50m freestyle and a new Southeastern (SES) cut in the 50m backstroke.

               Representing the senior team at the meet, Tanker Speck, 17, won the high-point runner-up award for his age group. Tanker won the 200m IM in a new ‘AA’ time, and went on to set five new personal best times over the weekend including two new SES qualifying times in the 100m fly and 200 IM.

               Lily Walker, 10, was the 10 & under girls’ high-point runner-up. Lily threw down seven new best times, improving many of them from just two weekends before. Lily won the 100m free and 50m fly, and set three new ‘A’ times in the 100 and 200m free and 100m fly. Her time in the 100m fly was also good for a new SES cut.

               Although she finished just out of contention for a high-point award, 14-year-old Landry Hadder was a top performer for the 13-14 girls for GPAC. Landry won a hat-trick of events, nabbing the win in the 50 and 100m free as well as the 200m IM. Landry cashed in a new ‘AAA’ time in the 50, which was also good for a new SES cut.

               Max Little, 12, won a pair of events at the meet, sweeping the 50 and 100m breaststrokes. Max went on to swim best times in five-for-eight individual events, and set two new ‘A’ times (50 br, 200 IM).

               Makayla Ludwick, 17, rounded out the individual event winners for the team, as she captured the win in the 200m backstroke.

               GPAC had a number of swimmers post life-best times in all their individual events at the meet. Congratulations to Xander Brown, 15, JoJo Harris, 13 (in her first meet as a 13-year-old), Chloe Henley, 9, Lauren Logan, 14, and Rylee Maiorino, 17.

               Along with these stand-outs, GPAC added to the growing number of Southeastern championship qualifying swims with these swimmers’ performances: Landry Hadder (50 free), Kevin Herr (50 bk), William McNally, 11 (50 fly), Tanker Speck (100 fly, 200 IM), Hudson Trammell, 14 (100 fly) and Lily Walker (100 fly). Big congratulations to Addison Lee, 12, who set his first-ever Southeastern cuts in both 50 and 100m breaststroke.

               Congratulations to these new motivational times standard breakers:

B:           Xander Brown, Jaysa Ciccone, Graeson Garcia, Callie Harris, Addison Lee, Max Little, Lauren Logan, Sydney London, Rylee Maiorino, Brianna Smith, Caroline Smith, Jordan Stull

BB:         Xander Brown, Sara Gray, JoJo Harris, Kevin Herr, Jordan LaBryer, Belle McNally, Lindsey Rauscher, Shelby Smith, Jordan Stull

A:           Trinity Devanney, Max Little, Ian Malone, Belle McNally, Shelby Smith, Hudson Trammell, Jameson Walker, Lily Walker Avery Witte

AA:         Paige Bridges, Trinity Devanney, Landon Garcia, Kevin Herr, Tanker Speck

AAA:      Landon Garcia, Landry Hadder

               The team now turns the corner to the season, heading in June, and focuses on two of the summer’s bigger meets: the GPAC Tom Lalor Invitational and the Richard Quick Invitational held in Auburn. These two meets will test the GPAC team with bigger, faster competition and a chance to hone their championship events.