CAC skirts snow, heats up Snowflake Invite podium

The Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) dodged a snowy weekend in Rock Hill for the 2017 Rays Snowflake Invite, hosted by the Upper Palmetto YMCA Swim Club. The South Charlotte region was hit with freezing rain on Friday and light snow on Saturday, but the main snow line remained just north and west of the area.

The meet brought together teams from South Carolina (Bluffton, Clemson, Mount Pleasant, Myrtle Beach, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, and Sumter) and North Carolina (Charlotte and Durham). Given the large number of swimmers, there were 3 daily sessions on Saturday and Sunday to complete all competitions. Swimmers could swim 3 or 4 races per day, depending on their age.

Over the 3-day meet, 29 CAC swimmers (of 34 entered, 85% of team) scored at least one TOP TEN finish. Eight swimmers recorded first place finishes, led by Harrison Clinton who won every event he entered (7 in all). And, seven swimmers won multiple events. Here’s a list of TOP FIVE finishes by CAC swimmers:

• Harrison Clinton: 1st in 400 IM; 1st in 50 Free; 1st in 100 Fly; 1st in 200 Breast; 1st in 200 Fly; 1st in 100 Free; and 1st in 100 Breast.
• Casey Mitchell: 1st in 500 Free; 1st in 200 Free; 1st in 100 Breast; 2nd in 100 Back; 2nd in 200 IM; 2nd in 200 Back; and 5th in 100 Free.
• Joe Guthinger: 1st in 500 Free; 1st in 200 Free; 1st in 100 Back; 2nd in 200 Back; 2nd in 100 Free; 3rd in 50 Back; and 5th in 50 Breast.
• Jenn Paul: 1st in 100 Fly; 1st in 100 Free; 2nd in 100 Back; 2nd in 200 Back; 3rd in 200 Fly; and 4th in 200 Free.
• Ella Habib: 1st in 200 Fly; 1st in 100 Fly; 4th in 200 Free; and 5th in 100 Back.
• Ian Morgan: 1st in 400 IM; 1st in 200 Fly; 2nd in 100 Fly; 2nd in 500 Free; 2nd in 200 Free; 3rd in 200 IM; and 4th in 100 Free.
• Yuri Costa: 1st in 50 Free; 1st in 100 Free; and 3rd in 100 Back.
• Tyler Eldred: 1st in 200 Breast.
• John Grey Crosby: 2nd in 50 Free; 2nd in 100 Free; 3rd in 100 Fly; and 5th in 200 Free.
• Kater Wolff: 2nd in 50 Free; 3rd in 100 Back.
• Connor Campbell: 2nd in 100 Back.
• Ryan Eldred: 3rd in 200 Free; 4th in 100 Fly; 5th in 500 Free;and 5th in 200 Fly.
• Ryan Boudreau: 3rd in 100 Free; 4th in 100 Fly; and 5th in 50 Back.
• Jack Guthinger: 4th in 500 Free.

Additionally, the following swimmers posted at least one TOP TEN finish (finishing 6-10): Samuel Artz; Ryan Boudreau; Connor Campbell; John Grey Crosby; Ryan Eldred; Jenna Guthinger; Joe Guthinger; Ella Habib; Sean King; Logan Mendieta; Ethan Nechemia; Anna Satterfield; Camila Sheppard; Morgan Young; and Tom Young.

Absent from the above results is Taylor Steele, who was competing in the Speedo Winter Junior National East Meet at the University of Tennessee. Taylor was 17th in the 100 Breast and 34thin the 200 Breast (each event had approximately 100 swimmers entered). She set personal-best times in both races. And, she qualified for the U.S. Open Swimming Championship later this summer.

Next weekend, CAC will host its annual Reindeer Games, a less-serious intra-squad meet full of relays and non-traditional swim races designed to promote fellowship and club unity. In larger swim clubs, swimmers tend to practice with their own age groups. Such ‘fun meets’ get all team members and their families together for one enjoyable event.

Photo courtesy of CAC

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