CAC swimmers impress at Coastal Classic Invitational

Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) hosted its Ninth annual Coastal Classic Invitational Swim Meet over the weekend at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatics and Fitness Center, with several local swimmers turning in top performances.

Approximately 400 swimmers participated in the event, including teams from Bluffton, Charleston, Clemson, Columbia, Florence, and the host Coastal Aquatic Club. With the conclusion of the high school season last week, swimmers now focus their training and competition with their swim clubs.

Over the next 9 months, swimmers will attempt to meet time standards to qualify for the Short-Course State Championship Meet (Greenville in February) and Long-Course State Championship Meet (Columbia in July).

Most teams, including CAC, have swimmers who recently completed their High School state championship meets. CAC swimmers who earned TOP 3 finishes (i.e., on the podium) at their respective High School state meets include: Taylor Steele (AAAAA State Champion, 100 Breast), Casey Mitchell (AAAA State Champion, 500 Free), Kater Wolff, Ian Morgan, Olivia McGonigal, and John Grey Crosby.

CAC had 78 swimmers participating in this event. Swimmers competed in the following age group categories: 8 and under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15 and older. By meet’s end, 39CACswimmers (half of the meet team) combined to earn131TOP 8 finishes (the NMB Aquatics Center is an 8-lane pool), and, more exclusively, 13 swimmers combined for 50 TOP 3 finishes, including 27 first-place finishes. That list of swimmers includes:

• Harrison Clinton: 1st in 50 Free; 1stin 200 IM; 1st in 500 Free; 1st in 200 Breast; 1st in 100 Fly; 1st in 200 Free; 1st in 200 Fly; 1st in 100 Breast; 1st in 100 Free.
• Taylor Steele: 1st in 50 Free; 1st in 200 Breast; 1st in 100 Fly; 1st in 200 Free; 1st in 100 Breast; 1st in 100 Free; 2nd in 500 Free; 2nd in 100 Back.
• Casey Mitchell: 1st in 200 Back; 1st in 200 Breast; 1st in 100 Breast; 1st in 100 Back; 2nd in 200 Free; 2nd in 100 Free.
• Logan Mendieta: 1st in 50 Breast; 1st in 25 Breast; 2nd in 100 Back; 2nd in 200 Free.
• John Grey Crosby: 1st in 200 Free; 1st in 100 Free; 2nd in 50 Free; 3rd in 100 Fly.
• Cecelia Bleyer: 1st in 50 Free; 1st in 25 Back; 3rd in 100 Back; 3rd in 25 Free.
• Adelyn Barbour: 1st in 25 Breast; 2nd in 50 Free; 3rd in 25 Fly; 3rd in 25 Back.
• Ian Morgan: 1st in 500 Free; 2nd in 200 Fly; 3rd in 100 Back.
• Mason Bryan: 2nd in 100 Fly; 2nd in 100 Back.
• Samuel Artez: 3rd in 50 Free; 3rd in 100 Breast.
• Ben Richards: 3rd in 200 Back; 3rd in 100 Fly.
• Ella Habib: 3rd in 200 IM.
• Jenn Paul: 3rd in 100 Back.

In a real treat for CAC swimmers and their families, CAC coach Fabio da Silva (a 10-time Brazilian National Team member) competed in the 50 Freestyle, 100 Breast, and 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle Relays, along with CAC assistant coach Andre Fachin and former Brazilian Swimmer Yuri Costa.

Looking ahead to the upcoming season, CAC will compete in out-of-town meets in Charleston, Clemson, Columbia, and Rock Hill.CAC will also host two Grand Prix meets at the Georgetown YMCA and the CAC Invitational at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatics Center.

Photo courtesy of CAC

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