CAC’s Bryan, Dear go west to compete against the best

Mason Bryan at Southern Zones Summer 2014Mason Bryan, who swims locally with the Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) and North Myrtle Beach High School, represented South Carolina as part of the 16-person team in the 15-18 year old category for the USA Swimming Zone meet, held last weekend in San Antonio, TX.

Bryan had an impressive showing at the Southern Zone meet, finishing fourth place in the 400 Medley Relay, seventh in the 200 Medley Relay, 18th in the 100 Backstroke, 21st in the 200 Butterfly, 24th in the 400 Individual Medley, 39th in the 100 Butterfly, and 44th in the 200 Freestyle.

Every year, South Carolina Swimming sends a team to the Zone meets. Swimmers are nominated by their coaches and chosen by a state-wide panel.  The US is divided into four Zones.  South Carolina swimmers compete in the Southern Zone, along with swimmers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.

Earlier this year, Mason won the State 3A Championship in the 100 Backstroke sponsored by the South Carolina High School League.

* The Coastal Aquatics Club’s Adam Dear earned the right to compete in the 2014 Speedo Junior National Championship meet, which held last week in Irvine, CA.

In a very fast field of the best 18-and-under swimmers in the country, the Pawleys Island native finished 27th in the 100 Butterfly and 63rd in the 200 Butterfly.

Dear will return to East Carolina University in the next few weeks as a member of the Men’s Swimming Team where, as a freshman, he earned All-Conference status in both the 100 Fly and 400 Individual Medley Relay.

Dear, who turns 19 on Tuesday, completes a stellar junior career under CAC coach Fabio Da Silva. He was a five-time National Club Swimming Association (NCSA) Junior National Qualifier.

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