GPAC swimmers finish strong at Summer Finale

Gregory Johnson
Jul 11, 2019

As quickly as it started, the summer long course season wrapped up for more than 100 GPAC swimmers with fast times and new personal bests at the GPAC Summer Finale Invitational held at UWF July 6-7.

               While no one GPAC swimmer emerged with a high-point win, the team had several come close and were the high-point runner-up.

               Noah Jacobs, 10, was also the runner-up in points for his age group. Noah won three events, including his debut in the 800m free. He went on to set four new personal best times and three new ‘A’ times in the 50 and 100m backstroke and 200m free.

               Sara Lypko, 14, had a big meet as well and came within three points of the high-point win. Sara swam five-out-of-five new personal best times and won two individual events at the meet. She also set a new ‘A’ time in her 100m fly and a new ‘AA’ time in her 100m backstroke race.

               Lily Walker, 10, was just three points shy of the win in her age group. She won the 50m fly and the 200m free, and set three new personal best times including two new ‘AA’ times (50 fly, 100 bk).

               A new team record was set at the meet by 12-year-old Max Little, who raced exceptionally well in the 200m breaststroke to eclipse the 11-year-old mark by just .24 seconds. He also earned a new ‘AA’ time for his efforts. He swam five new personal best times at the meet and won the 100m breaststroke as well.

               Other individual event winners for GPAC included Claire Han, 14, Jack Hebert, 13, Renee Henderson, 17, Braedan Jacobs, 13, Maren Mackey, 16, Ian Malone, 11, Belle McNally, 12, Korbin Menser, 14, Aiden Morgan, 15, Logan Robinson, 13, Jack Rowell, 15, Tanker Speck, 17, Lex Vaughn, 12, Cali Wilson, 18 and Emma Wortman, 14.

               Being the last regular-season meet for the team, many new personal best times were achieved. The swimmers collected over 60% best times in their events over the weekend. Swimmers who posted all best times in their individual events were Jaelyn Buehler, 9, Logan Gonzales, 16, Sara Gray, 11, Renee Henderson, Alexis Hughes, 17, Lucas Kervin, 14, Ian Malone, Linden Mason, 11, Belle McNally, Lindsey Rauscher, 15, Jack Rowell, Seth Scoggins, 17, Tanker Speck, Cali Wilson, Avery Witte, 11, and Emma Wortman.

               Along with these personal bests were a slew of new Southeastern championship qualifying times for the team. Nineteen individuals accounted for 32 new championship meet cuts, and two 11-12 year-old girls led the way for GPAC with the most new qualifying times. Lex Vaughn threw down six new cuts for the meet, and Avery Witte nearly matched her with five. Other new cuts were posted by Taylor Clements, 11, Sara Gray, Renee Henderson, Bailee Luciano, 12, Sara Lypko, Belle McNally, William McNally, Aiden Morgan, Jaydah Phelan, 12, Jack Rowell, Colin Shelton, 10, Briana Smith, 12, Tanker Speck, James Tracey, 17, Couson Voeltz, 12, Cali Wilson, and Liam Winans, 17.

               Rounding out a very successful summer, these swimmers set new motivational times in one or more of their individual events:

B:           Logan Gonzales, Lily Green, JoJo Harris, Jack Hebert, Alexis Hughes, Kouper Kraus, Sydney London, Kaylee Loper, Jackson O’Neill, Lindsey Rauscher, 15, Ani Sekhon, Colin Shelton, Caroline Smith, Jayson Tran

BB:         Xander Brown, Cason Forst, Alexa Fountain, Graeson Garcia, Lucas Kervin, Kouper Kraus, Addison Lee, Lauren Logan, Sydney London, Bailee Luciano, Rylee Maiorino, Kiley Menserm Kobi Menser, Lindsey Rauscher, Colin Shelton, Brianna Smith, Coulson Voeltz, Avery Witte

A:           Paige Bridges, Megan Corcoran, Trinity Devanney, Sara Gray, Braedan Jacobs, Noah Jacobs, Kyle Longley, Sara Lypko, Ian Malone, Belle McNally, Kobi Menser, Emma O’Neill, Jaydah Phelan, Logan Robinson, Jack Rowell, Seth Scoggins, Brianna Smith, Hudson Trammell, Lex Vaughn, Liam Winans, Avery Witte

AA:         Paige Bridges, Renee Henderson, Max Little, Sara Lypko, Belle McNally, Aiden Morgan, Shelby Smith, Tanker Speck, James Tracey, Lily Walker, Liam Winans, Avery Witte

AAA:      Jack Rowell, Emma Wortman

               The end of July brings the Southeastern Swimming championships, this year held in Huntsville, AL. GPAC will send a team of 48 swimmers to compete against teams from across Alabama and Tennessee at the four-day meet. After this, a select number of swimmers will go on to some regional meets and then enjoy a two-week break away from the pool.