More great racing for GPAC in Panama City Beach

Gregory Johnson

More great racing for GPAC in Panama City Beach

               The GPAC team continued its season and concluded its May competitions in Panama City Beach at the PCST Speedo Long Course Invitational May 15-16. Led by many new best times and event winners, GPAC captured the team win by over 250 points.

               “We had a really fun weekend,” said GPAC coach Alex Gillespie. “Many of the swimmers have competed at least three times, and the more they race, they faster they are improving.”

               Many of the team saw new best times from just two weeks prior at GPAC’s Flip Flop meet, which was one of the most successful meets for the team this season. Overall in Panama City Beach, the team posted 58% new best times.

               Landry Hadder, 16, swam six-for-six new best times and won three individual events at the meet and placed second in two others. She set four new Southeastern Swimming championship (SES) qualifying times along with three new ‘AAA’ times.

               Also on the women’s side, Emma O’Neill, 16, swam all life-best times in her six event program and set her first SES time of the season with a win in the 400m free. She set three new ‘AA’ times in the 100, 200 and the 400m free.

               For the boys’ team, senior Jack Rowell made his final club team swims in PCB with seven new best times and a quartet of wins, sweeping both the 200 and 400m individual medleys as well as the 200 and 400m freestyles. He also set new ‘AA’ times in the 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly.

               Jack’s teammate and understudy Logan Robinson, 14, in his last meet as a 14-year-old, matched Jack in winning his age group’s 400m free and 200m IM. He also won the 100m backstroke and 100m breaststroke. Logan swam all best times in his seven events and set five new ‘AAA’ times.

               Ian Malone, 13, returned to competition after several months out of the water due to a broken bone and swam all life-best times in his events. Ian swept the sprint freestyle events and set a new ‘AAAA’ time in the 100m race. Ian swam SES qualifying times in all seven of his races, along with a pair of new ‘AAA’ times.

               GPAC boasted several other individual event winners at the meet, including Taylor Clements, 12, who swept the wins in the 50 and 100m breaststroke. Clements, who was the Southeastern champion in the 50 breaststroke back in early March, came through with a new ‘AAAA’ time in the 100m breaststroke and set a new ‘AA’ time in the 200m freestyle.

               Marcela Dos Santos, 9, won both of the “long” events for her age group, capturing the win in the 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley.

               Twelve-year-olds Landon Garcia and Aidan Hall each came through with a win for the team, with Landon taking the 100m backstroke title and Aidan winning the 100m breaststroke. Landon set three new ‘AA’ times, and Aiden picked up a new ‘A time.

Also flexing his breaststroke prowess was Max Little, 14, who won the 200m race for his age group.

               Lane Robinson, 8, continued his unbeaten streak with four individual wins at the meet. Lane spread his talents around three different stroke disciplines to win the 100 fly, 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke and then combined them to win the 200m IM. Lane went on to set two new ‘BB’ times at the meet.

               William Shoesmith, 12, nabbed the victory in the 50m backstroke, and Emma Wortman, 16, rounded out GPAC’s individual event winners with a hat trick of wins. Emma won both the 100 and 200m breaststroke races as well as the 100m butterfly.

               In addition to these swimmers who posted all best times at the meet, 14-year-old Cain Scoggins and 15-year-old David McCright both swam Saturday at the meet and swam new best times in all four of their events that day.

               GPAC had 15 swimmers account for 33 new SES cuts at the meet, bringing the team total to 37 swimmers who have qualified so far this season. Congratulations to these swimmers who posted new championship cuts: Reed Bellar, 9, Marcela Dos Santos, Graeson Garcia, 11, Landry Hadder, Max Little, Ian Malone, Emma O’Neill, Jackson O’Neill, 12, Lane Robinson, Logan Robinson, Jack Rowell, Klara Shoesmith, 10, William Shoesmith, Lily Walker, 12, and Jordana Wright, 9.

               These swimmers posted new motivational times at the meet:

B:           Reed Bellar, David McCright, Clara Powell, Parker Proffitt, Caroline Smith, Lex Vaughn

BB:         Reed Bellar, Jaysa Ciccone, Isabelle Garcia, Jack Hebert, Jordan LaBryer, Owen Mayer, Ward O’Brien, Emma O’Neill, Jackson O’Neill, Abby Robinson, Lane Robinson, Cain Scoggins, Klara Shoesmith, William Shoesmith, Caroline Smith, Lex Vaughn, Grace Walen, Avery Witte, Jordana Wright

A:           Noah Day, Landry Hadder, Aidan Hall, Max Little, Ian Malone, Korbin Menser, Logan Robnson, William Shoesmith, Caroline Smith

AA:         Taylor Clements, Noah Day, Landon Garcia, Landry Hadder, Braedan Jacobs, Max Little, Ian Malone, Emma O’Neill, Logan Robinson, Jack Rowell, Lily Walker, Avery Witte, Emma Wortman

AAA:      Landry Hadder, Ian Malone, Logan Robinson

AAAA:    Taylor Clements, Ian Malone

               As the spring turns to summer and the school year finishes, the team now sets its sights on two home meets in June. These will be the last two meets to prepare for the championship meet in Nashville in July.