GPAC blasts new best times at Auburn

Gregory Johnson
Jul 2, 2019

More than 50 GPAC swimmers hit the road to race in the Richard Quick Invitationa;l the summer’s most popular and competitive meet held in Auburn, AL June 21-23, and the meet did not disappoint. Two out of every three races by the GPAC swimmers were new life-best times, and 96% of the team left with at least one new personal best time in an event.

               “We knew going in that this meet was going to be big and fast,” said GPAC head coach Greg Johnson. “Auburn always puts on a great meet in the summer, and being one year away from Olympic Trials, the competition was going to be ready to race. It was great to see our team rise to the challenge.”

               Two 10 & under GPAC swimmers won an individual event at the meet. Noah Jacobs, 10, took top honors in the 100-meter breaststroke, and Lily Walker, 10, won the 200m IM with a new ‘A’ time.

               While the older swimmers had to race against college and post-graduate swimmers as well as their peers, GPAC boasted a few championship finalists at the meet. Megan Corcoran, 13, finished seventh in the 200m butterfly, and posted two new ‘AAAA’ times in the 100 and 200m freestyle. William Henderson, 16, took sixth in the 50m backstroke and Sara Lypko, 14, placed sixth in the 1500m free with a new ‘AAA’ time. Maren Mackey, 15, also nabbed a new ‘AAA’ time in the 400m IM, where she finished sixth at finals. Ian Malone, 12, finished second in the 100 and 200m freestyles, which was the highest finish for the team in his age group.

               Tanker Speck, 17, came through with big performances all weekend for GPAC. Tanker, along with swimming all best times in his events, finished sixth in the 200m IM, and was a consolation finalist in three other events. Tanker scared the team records in the 200m backstroke and 400m IM, and set two new Futures Championship cuts in the backstroke and 200 IM. He went on to set five new ‘AAA’ times.

               James Tracey, 17, finished third in the 1500m freestyle, also nabbing a new Futures championship qualifying time in the race. William Henderson add the Futures cut in the 50m free.

               Adding substantially to the team’s best time totals, these swimmers posted life-best times in all their events: Paige Bridges, 15, JoJo Harris, 13, Max Little, 12, Bailee Luciano, 12, Owen Mayer, 13, Aiden Morgan, 15, Emma O’Neill, 14, Caroline Smith, 11, Shelby Smith, 13, Lily Stockton, 15, Hudson Trammell, 14, and Jayson Tran, 14.

               Thirteen swimmers added a total of 20 new Southeastern Swimming championship qualifying times to the team’s already large list of cuts for the meet. Congratulations to Braden Barkley, 16 (50 fr), Paige Bridges (200 bk), Taylor Clements, 11 (50 br), Trinity Devanney, 15 (200 IM), Landon Garcia, 11 (100, 400 fr, 100 bk), Braedan Jacobs, 13 (100 fr), William McNally, 11 (50 br), Jackson O’Neill, 10 (50 fr, 50 br, 100 bk), Shelby Smith, 13 (200 bk), Tanker Speck (400 fr, 400 IM), Lily Stockton (100 bk), Hudson Trammell (100 bk, 200 fly), and Lily Walker (200 IM).

               Many new time standards were broken over the weekend in Auburn, and these swimmers were those that reached new levels in their events:

B:           JoJo Harris, Emma O’Neill, Caroline Smith, Jayson Tran

BB:         Xander Brown, Jaysa Ciccone, Taylor Clements, JoJo Harris, Kiley Menser, Emma O’Neill, Jackson O’Neill, Cain Scoggins, Jordan Stull, Liam Winans

A:           Paige Bridges, Landon Garcia, William Henderson, Bailee Luciano, Belle McNally, Korbin Menser, Emma O’Neill, Noah Scoggins, Seth Scoggins, Shelby Smith, Lily Stockton, Jordan Stull, Hudson Trammell, Lex Vaughn, Jameson Walker, Lily Walker

AA:         Braden Barkley, Paige Bridges, Trinity Devanney, Braedan Jacobs, Max Little, Maren Mackey, Ian Malone, Aiden Morgan, Shelby Smith, Lily Stockton, Hudson Trammell

AAA:      Sara Lypko, Maren Mackey, Aiden Morgan, Tanker Speck, Liam Winans

AAAA:    Megan Corcoran

               The team now prepares for the final stretch of the summer, where a home meet the first weekend in July will be the last meet of the season for some of the team, but many others will travel to Huntsville for the team championship meet.