GREATER PENSACOLA AQUATIC CLUB

Team wraps up summer season at home with big finale

Gregory Johnson

 

               The GPAC team finished its 2021 long course regular season with over 65 percent best times, two new team records, six high point champions and handfuls upon handfuls of new time standards at the Summer Finale Invitational held at the UWF aquatic center June 25-27.

               “We have been steadily improving all season,” said lead PSC coach Nathan Smith. “This is the fifth meet in a row that we have made over 60 percent time improvements, as well as reaching many new motivational times. The swimmers have really been working hard to improve.”

               GPAC boasted six high-point winners among four different age groups. Once again, leading the way for the youngest among the team was eight-year-old Lane Robinson, who has won the points race over every GPAC home meet this season. Robinson, who was virtually uncontested among his peers, won all seven of his individual events. He set three new life-best times, including the 50m backstroke where he narrowly missed setting the team record.

               For the 9-10 age group, Marcela Dos Santos was crowned the high-point winner for her age group. Marcella won six out of her nine event program and swam six new personal best times. Her first-ever swim in the 400m freestyle was good for a first-place finish, and a new ‘A’ time and Southeastern Swimming championship (SES) qualifying time. She also set a new SES cut in the 50m breaststroke.

               In the 11-12 age group, Kiley Menser, 12, won the high-point award behind three event wins and multiple top-three finishes. Kiley swam seven new personal best times, including a new ‘BB’ time in the 50m breaststroke.

               Newly minted 13-year-old Taylor Clements came through for the high-point win in the 13-14 girls’ age group. Taylor won two individual events, sweeping both the 100 and 200m breaststroke races, and finished second in three others. She swam nine-out-of-ten personal best times, including two new ‘AAA’ times for her age group (100 br, 50 fr).

               On the boys’ side, 13-year-old Ian Malone laid claim to another high-point win with his sweep of every event he swam over the weekend, except one. Ian swam seven-out-of-ten personal best times, including a new team record and his second ‘AAAA’ time since turning 13 in the 50m freestyle. He also set two new SES cuts in the 400m free and 400m IM, and two new ‘AAA’ and three new ‘AA’ times.

               Rounding out the high point winners for GPAC was 17-year-old Jack Rowell, who tied for the top scorer. Jack won four individual events, including his specialties—the 800 and 1500m freestyles.  Jack set a new team record in the 800m race, erasing the mark held by GPAC alum and Washington High School swim coach Chris Barfield from 1987.

               Along with these swimmers, GPAC had several others win individual events at the meet. Congratulations to these champions: Addison Adams, 7, Jillian Beardsley, 14, Taylor Clements, Landry Hadder, 17, Kevin Herr, 14, Sara Lypko, 16, Maddox McKian, 10, Olivia Quale, 12, Klara Shoesmith, 10, Caroline Smith, 13, Hudson Trammell, 16, Audrey Turner, 12, and Lily Walker, 12.

               With the Southeastern Swimming championships just a couple weeks away, GPAC finalized its championship team with 44 swimmers making qualifying times throughout the season. At this meet alone, GPAC had 21 swimmers accumulate 31 new SES cuts: Jillian Beardsley, Brandon Carney, 12, Jaysa Ciccone, 12, Marcela Dos Santos, Jack Hebert, 15, Kevin Herr, Braedan Jacobs, 15, Noah Jacobs, 12, Sara Lypko, Ian Malone, Korbin Menser, 16, Logan Robinson, 15, Cain Scoggins, 14, Klara Shoesmith, William Shoesmith, 12, Caroline Smith, Hudson Trammell, Grace Walen, 10, Lily Walker, Avery Witte, 13, and Jordana Wright, 10.

               Included in the impressive stats of over 65 percent best times were several GPAC swimmers who posted life-best times in all of their events over the weekend. Congratulations to Ben Ashford, 14, Jennifer Mims, 14, Lexi Montgomery, 15, Emily Rogers, 14, Boone Sanborn, 12, Caroline Smith, 13, and Coulson Voeltz, 14.

               A special recognition goes out to Belle McNally, 14, who ended her meet in three of the four categories above. Belle won three of the hardest events over the weekend (200 fly, 400 IM and 1500 free), swam life-best times in all 10 of her individual events, and set two new SES cuts in the 100 and 200m breaststrokes.

               GPAC now has as many as 96% of the team that has competed over the summer that has at least a ‘B’ motivational time. Many new motivational times were achieved over the weekend.

B:           Lauren Armstrong, Ben Ashford, Brandon Carney, Jaysa Ciccone, Callie Harris, Drew Henry, Noah Jacobs, Addison Lee, Nicholas Lypko, David McCright, Lexi Montgoery, Ward O’Brien, Jackson O’Neill, Stella Petrosino, Abby Robinson, Emily Rogers, Boone Sanborn, Rowan Schwartz, Ari Stuckey, Liza Tapia, Stella Vail, Rigby Whiteley

BB:         Lauren Armstrong, Ben Ashford, Taylor Clements, Graeson Garcia, Landon Garcia, Josephine Harris, Drew Henry, Jordan LaBryer, Addison Lee, Lauren Logan, Kaylee Loper, Bailee Luciano, Owen Mayer, David McCright, Belle McNally, Kiley Menser, Korbin Menser, Jennifer Mims, Lexi Montgomery, Jackson O’Neill, Olivia Quale, Rowan Schwartz, Klara Shoesmith, Caroline Smith, Ari Stuckey, Audrey Turner, Lex Vaughn, Coulson Voeltz, Grace Walen, Landis Wood, Jordana Wright

A:           Jillian Beardsley, Taylor Clements, Marcela Dos Santos, Isabel Harris, Jack Hebert, Noah Jacobs, Addison Lee, Belle McNally, Lindsey Rauscher, Cain Scoggins, William Shoesmith, Caroline Smith, Jameson Walker, Avery Witte

AA:         Jillian Beardsley, Noah Day, Claire Han, Braedan Jacobs, Ian Malone, Korbin Menser, Jennifer Mims, Caroline Smith, Avery Witte

AAA:      Landry Hadder, Kevin Herr, Braedan Jacobs, Sara Lypko, Ian Malone, Logan Robinson

AAAA:    Ian Malone

               The rest of the season comes down to the Southeastern Swimming championships, which will be held in Nashville/Brentwood, TN. The team is looking to defend its back-to-back top-five team finishes at the last two championships. Many of the swimmers mentioned above will go on to compete at the meet, and a solid team effort is highly anticipated by the coaching staff.

 

               GPAC boasted five high-point winners among four different age groups. Once again, leading the way for the youngest among the team was eight-year-old Lane Robinson, who has won the points race over every GPAC home meet this season. Robinson, who was virtually uncontested among his peers, won all seven of his individual events. He set three new life-best times, including the 50m backstroke where he narrowly missed setting the team record.

               For the 9-10 age group, Marcela Dos Santos was crowned the high-point winner for her age group. Marcella won six out of her nine event program and swam six new personal best times. Her first-ever swim in the 400m freestyle was good for a first-place finish, and a new ‘A’ time and Southeastern Swimming championship (SES) qualifying time. She also set a new SES cut in the 50m breaststroke.

               In the 11-12 age group, Kiley Menser, 12, won the high-point award behind three event wins and multiple top-three finishes. Kiley swam seven new personal best times, including a new ‘BB’ time in the 50m breaststroke.

               On the boys’ side, 13-year-old Ian Malone laid claim to another high-point win with his sweep of every event he swam over the weekend, except one. Ian swam seven-out-of-ten personal best times, including a new team record and his second ‘AAAA’ time since turning 13 in the 50m freestyle. He also set two new SES cuts in the 400m free and 400m IM, and two new ‘AAA’ and three new ‘AA’ times.

               Rounding out the high point winners for GPAC was 17-year-old Jack Rowell, who tied for the top scorer. Jack won four individual events, including his specialties—the 800 and 1500m freestyles.  Jack set a new team record in the 800m race, erasing the mark held by GPAC alum and Washington High School swim coach Chris Barfield from 1987.

               Along with these swimmers, GPAC had several others win individual events at the meet. Congratulations to these champions: Addison Adams, 7, Jillian Beardsley, 14, Taylor Clements, 13, Landry Hadder, 17, Kevin Herr, 14, Sara Lypko, 16, Maddox McKian, 10, Olivia Quale, 12, Klara Shoesmith, 10, Caroline Smith, 13, Hudson Trammell, 16, Audrey Turner, 12, and Lily Walker, 12.

               With the Southeastern Swimming championships just a couple weeks away, GPAC finalized its championship team with 44 swimmers making qualifying times throughout the season. At this meet alone, GPAC had 21 swimmers accumulate 31 new SES cuts: Jillian Beardsley, Brandon Carney, 12, Jaysa Ciccone, 12, Marcela Dos Santos, Jack Hebert, 15, Kevin Herr, Braedan Jacobs, 15, Noah Jacobs, 12, Sara Lypko, Ian Malone, Korbin Menser, 16, Logan Robinson, 15, Cain Scoggins, 14, Klara Shoesmith, William Shoesmith, 12, Caroline Smith, Hudson Trammell, Grace Walen, 10, Lily Walker, Avery Witte, 13, and Jordana Wright, 10.

               Included in the impressive stats of over 65 percent best times were several GPAC swimmers who posted life-best times in all of their events over the weekend. Congratulations to Ben Ashford, 14, Jennifer Mims, 14, Lexi Montgomery, 15, Emily Rogers, 14, Boone Sanborn, 12, Caroline Smith, 13, and Coulson Voeltz, 14.

               A special recognition goes out to Belle McNally, 14, who ended her meet in three of the four categories above. Belle won three of the hardest events over the weekend (200 fly, 400 IM and 1500 free), swam life-best times in all 10 of her individual events, and set two new SES cuts in the 100 and 200m breaststrokes.

               GPAC now has as many as 96% of the team that has competed over the summer that has at least a ‘B’ motivational time. Many new motivational times were achieved over the weekend.

B:           Lauren Armstrong, Ben Ashford, Brandon Carney, Jaysa Ciccone, Callie Harris, Drew Henry, Noah Jacobs, Addison Lee, Nicholas Lypko, David McCright, Lexi Montgoery, Ward O’Brien, Jackson O’Neill, Stella Petrosino, Abby Robinson, Emily Rogers, Boone Sanborn, Rowan Schwartz, Ari Stuckey, Liza Tapia, Stella Vail, Rigby Whiteley

BB:         Lauren Armstrong, Ben Ashford, Taylor Clements, Graeson Garcia, Landon Garcia, Josephine Harris, Drew Henry, Jordan LaBryer, Addison Lee, Lauren Logan, Kaylee Loper, Bailee Luciano, Owen Mayer, David McCright, Belle McNally, Kiley Menser, Korbin Menser, Jennifer Mims, Lexi Montgomery, Jackson O’Neill, Olivia Quale, Rowan Schwartz, Klara Shoesmith, Caroline Smith, Ari Stuckey, Audrey Turner, Lex Vaughn, Coulson Voeltz, Grace Walen, Landis Wood, Jordana Wright

A:           Jillian Beardsley, Taylor Clements, Marcela Dos Santos, Isabel Harris, Jack Hebert, Noah Jacobs, Addison Lee, Belle McNally, Lindsey Rauscher, Cain Scoggins, William Shoesmith, Caroline Smith, Jameson Walker, Avery Witte

AA:         Jillian Beardsley, Noah Day, Claire Han, Braedan Jacobs, Ian Malone, Korbin Menser, Jennifer Mims, Caroline Smith, Avery Witte

AAA:      Landry Hadder, Kevin Herr, Braedan Jacobs, Sara Lypko, Ian Malone, Logan Robinson

AAAA:    Ian Malone

               The rest of the season comes down to the Southeastern Swimming championships, which will be held in Nashville/Brentwood, TN. The team is looking to defend its back-to-back top-five team finishes at the last two championships. Many of the swimmers mentioned above will go on to compete at the meet, and a solid team effort is highly anticipated by the coaching staff.