CAC swimmers make big splash at Carolina Classic

cac-2014carolinaclassicCarolina Aquatics (CA) of Columbia hosted the 2014 Carolina Classic swim meet this past weekend (Dec 12-14, 2014) on the campus of the University of South Carolina.

Over 585 swimmers from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia participated.  Locally, 40 swimmers from the Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) competed in the meet.

During this short-course meet, races for swimmers ages 10 and under followed the timed-finals format (swim race and fastest time are place winners) whereas the older swimmers (ages 11 and up) competed in separate preliminary and final sessions.  A swimmer had to make TOP TEN in the preliminary to earn a spot in the final session as the Blatt Pool is a 10-lane venue.

Over the three-day meet, CAC swimmers recorded personal best times in 130 separate events. In total, 17 CAC swimmers combined to earn 50 top 10 finishes for their age group, including 17 top three finishes (Five First-Place finishes, eight Second-Place finishes, and four Third-Place finishes).  Here’s a breakdown of the top 10 finishes:

• Maggie Langdale: 1st in 200 Back; 1st in 200 IM; 2nd in 400 IM; 2nd in 100 Fly; 2nd in 100 Free; 2nd in 500 Free; 3rd in 100 Back; 4th in 50 Free; and 4th in 200 Free.
• Mason Bryan: 1st in 400 IM; 1st in 200 IM; 2nd in 100 Back; 3rd in 100 Fly; 4th in 100 Breast; and 8th in 200 Free.
• Kandes Soapes: 1st in 100 Back.
• Andre Fachin: 2nd in 50 Free; 2nd in 100 Fly; 2nd in 100 Free; 3rd in 200 Free; 10th in 200 Fly.
• Casey Mitchell: 3rd in 500 Free; 5th in 100 Back.
• Brae Jackson: 4th in 500 Free; 5th in 200 Back; 6th in 50 Free; 6th in 100 Free; 6th in 50 Back; 7th in 100 Back; 8th in 200 Free; 10th in 100 Fly.
• Luke LaRochelle: 5th in 50 Free; 5th in 100 Fly.
• Emie Jackson: 5th in 500 Free; 10th in 200 Back.
• Kennedy Drew: 5th in 100 Free.
• Tyler Eldred: 6th in 100 Free; 7th in 500 Free; 9th in 50 Free; 10th in 100 Breast; and 10th in 100 Fly.
• Olivia McGonigal: 7th in 100 Free.
• Saman Vitharana: 9th in 200 Free; 10th in 50 Free; and 10th in 100 Breast.
• Ryan Eldred: 9th in 50 Back.
• Sean King: 9th in 200 Back.
• Kater Wolff: 9th in 200 Back.
• Taylor Steele: 10th in 200 Breast.
• Liam Zevgolis: 10th in 500 Free.

Further, the CAC Boys 15-and-older relay teams won both the 400 Medley Relay and the 400 Free Relay. Team members are Mason Bryan, Tyler Eldred, Andre Fachin, and Luke LaRochelle.

Twelve new CAC team records were established during the meet:

• Maggie Langdale (15&Over): 50 Free (25.01); 100 Free (54.13); 500 Free (5:13.42); 200 Back (2:05.33); 50 Fly (28.38); 100 Fly (58.81); 200 IM (2:09.95) and 400 IM (4:34.67).
• Brae Jackson (11-12): 100 Free (58.11); 1,000 Free (11:22.44).
• Mason Bryan (15&Over): 400 IM (4:12.24).
• Andre Fachin (15&Over): 50 Free (21.97).

As we head into the holiday season, 24 CAC swimmers have already qualified for the State Short-Course Championship Meet in Greenville in February 2015: Mason Bryan, Kennedy Drew, Ryan Eldred, Tyler Eldred, Lizzy Gatley, Addison Hicks, Brae Jackson, Carly Belle Jackson, Catherine Jackson, Emie Jackson, Sean King, Ty Kinner-Costello, Luke La Rochelle, Maggie Langdale, Olivia McGonigal, Casey Mitchell, April Ratley, Summer Ratley, Camile Shklyar, Kandes Soapes, Taylor Steele, Saman Vitharana, Ana Wolff, and Kater Wolff.

Three CAC swimmers (Brae Jackson, Olivia McGonigal, and Kater Wolff) are now qualified for the Age Group Sectional meet (for ages 8-14) at Georgia Tech in March 2015 while six CAC swimmers (Maggie Langdale, Kandes Soapes, Luke Larochelle, Mason Bryan, Tyler Eldred, and Andre Fachin) are now qualified for the Senior Sectional meet (for ages 15 and older) in March 2015 (site to be determined).   And, in a still more exclusive meet, Maggie Langdale, Kandes Soapes, and Mason Bryan have now qualified for NCSA Junior Nationals in Orlando, FL in March 2015.

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