Four CAC swimmers shine at Georgia Tech sectionals

cac-ga tech i mar2015 (2)Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) qualified five swimmers for the ESSZ Age Group Championship Meet (ages 14 and under) held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta over the weekend.

The sectional meet brought together 1,266 swimmers representing 117 swim clubs. South Carolina competes in the Eastern Section of the Southern Zone (ESSZ) along with swimmers from Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and the far western panhandle of Florida.

Four CAC swimmers were in action:

* Brae Jackson (50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 500 Free, 50 Fly, 50 Back, 100 Back, and 200 Back).
* Olivia McGonigal (50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Fly, and 100 Back).
* Lizzy Gatley (100 Back, 200 Back).
* Kater Wolff (50 Free, 100 Back).

Brae Jackson posted personal best times in 6 of 8 races entered.   Further, she set new CAC team records in the 200 Free and 100 Back.  Olivia McGonigal swam personal best times in 3 of 4 events entered.  And, she set new CAC team records in the 50 Fly and 100 Fly.

The Georgia Tech facility hosted the 1996 Olympic swimming competition.   As such, it was quite a treat for these youth swimmers to compete in such a venue.  The ability to compete at such high levels will continue to serve these swimmers well as they continue their development.

Brae Jackson (age 12) will be eligible for the Age Group Championship meet for 2 more years while all others will ‘age up’ to the Senior Sectional competition next year (ages 15-18).

CAC will host over 275 swimmers from 9 swim clubs this coming weekend (March 20-22) for the Palmetto Championship Lower State meet at the North Myrtle Beach Fitness and Aquatic Center.  Then, the attention will turn to long-course competition (i.e., 50-meter pools) building toward the South Carolina Long-Course Championship meet in July in Columbia

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