Two high-point winners among many great swims in PCB

Gregory Johnson

Two high-point winners among many great swims in PCB

               A break in the summer heat signaled the GPAC team that it was time once again to head over to Panama City Beach for the annual first travel meet of the season. The cool mornings and sunny afternoons added to the great atmosphere and fast swimming as 52 of the team’s swimmers got many new best times and great experience at the Speedo Beach Blast September 24-26.

               “We enjoy coming to this meet, and this is usually a great way to start the season,” said coach Alex Gillespie. “Especially when the weather is nice and the swimmers are having fun.”

               Leading the way for GPAC was 12-year-old Aidan Hall and nine-year-old Lane Robinson, who were crowned high-point winners for their age groups.

               Hall earned his first-ever points title win in his age group, and notched a swimming “double-double” by sweeping the victories in all eight of his individual events in all life-best times. Aidan threw down five new ‘AAA’ times as well as another three new “AA’ times in his events.

               Lane Robinson, who is no stranger to winning the high-point title, won five of his eight individual events and placed second in the other three. Lane also improved his times in seven events, setting a new ‘AA’ time in his 200-yd freestyle as well as two new ‘A’ times.

               Marcela Dos Santos, 9, while just shy of the high-point title, came through with 10 new personal best times and three individual event wins. Marcela went on to post four new ‘A’ times.

               Along with these three, Ian Malone, 13, won three individual events, taking the 50 breaststroke and 50 free along with the 200 fly. Jackson O’Neill, 12,  got the wins in the 50 and 100 backstrokes, Axel Phillips, 8, took the 100-yd IM, and Emma Wortman, 17, pulled in for the victory in the 200-yd breaststroke.

               A slew of both new and experienced swimmers earned personal best times in all their events at the meet. Congratulations to Isaac Adams, 13, Ben Ashford, 14, Eme Mason, 8, Linden Mason, 13, Emma McLaughlin, 10, Jackson O’Neill, Rayce Rosenberg, 15, Hannah Su, 13, Audrey Turner, 12, and Grace Walen, 10.

               GPAC also had eight swimmers post new Southeastern Swimming championship qualifying times in their events: Taylor Clements, 13 (200 IM), Dos Santos (100, 200, 500 fr, 50 fly, 100 IM), Hall (200 fr), Noah Jacobs, 12 (50 br, 200 fr), O’Neill (50, 100 bk), Phillips (50 br), and Robinson (100 bk, 100 br).

               GPAC swimmer continued to earn new motivational times for the season. Congratulations to these new standard breakers:

B:           Lauren Armstron, Ben Ashford, Jaysa Ciccone, Adelei Elzweig, Graeson Garcia, Isabelle Garcia, Nicholas Lypko, Lexi Montgomery, Arthur Phillips, Abby Robinson, Hannah Su, Lily Walker, Rigby Whiteley

BB:         Lauren Armstrong, Lila Brock, Jaysa Ciccone, Noah Day, Graeson Garcia, Noah Jacobs, Kouper Kraus, Kiley Menser, Jackson O’Neill, Axel Phillips, Olivia Quale, Abby Robinson, Lane Robinson, Audrey Turner, Grace Walen, Lily Walker, Avery Witte

A:           Jillian Beardsley, Lila Brock, Marcela Dos Santos, Jack Hebert, Braedan Jacobs, Noah Jacobs, Korbn Menser, Jackson O’Neill, Lane Robinson, Cain Scoggins

AA:         Jillian Beardsley, Taylor Clements, Aidan Hall, Braedan Jacobs, Lane Robinson

AAA:      Taylor Clements, Aidan Hall, Logan Robinson

               The season rolls on into October with two more meets on the road, first to Auburn in a couple weeks, and then a quick jaunt over to Biloxi for a day.