CAC defends home surf at Coastal Classic Invitational

CAC-Coastal Classic 2015 ICoastal Aquatic Club (CAC) hosted its 7th annual Coastal Classic Invitational Swim Meet this past weekend at the Pepper Geddings Recreation Center in Myrtle Beach.

Approximately 400 swimmers from 10 swim clubs across both North and South Carolina participated, including teams from Bluffton, Clemson, Columbia, Florence, Georgetown, Sumter, South Carolina and Sanford, North Carolina.

With the conclusion of High School swimming, 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, SC in February) and Long-Course State Championship Meet (Columbia, SC 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: Brae Jackson, Sabrina Blanchard, Olivia McGonigal, Kennedy Drew, Catherine Miller, Sean King, John Grey Crosby, and Kater Wolff.

CAC had 66 swimmers participating in the event.By meet’s end, 24 CAC swimmers (over 1/3 of the meet team) combined to earn 89 TOP 6 finishes (Pepper Geddings is a 6-lane pool).  To put a TOP 6 finish into perspective, for example, a 6-heat event (say, the 50 yard Freestyle) means that TOP 6 represents the top 6 of 36 competitors, or the top 17% of competition. That list of swimmers includes:

•    Andre Fachin:  1st in 50 Free; 1st in 100 Fly; and 1st in 100 Free.
•    John Grey Crosby:  1st in 50 Free; 1st in 100 Free; 1st in 200 Fly; 2nd in 100 Fly; 4th in 200 Back; and 4th in 200 Free.
•    Casey Mitchell:  1st in 200 Back; 1st in 200 Free; 1st in 200 IM; 2nd in 100 Back; 4th in 100 Breast;  5th in 100 Fly; and 6th in 50 Free.
•    Jenn Paul:  1st in 200 Fly;3rd in 200 Free; 4th in 100 Free; 5th in 500 Free; 5th in 200 Back; 5th in 50 Free; 6th in 100 Fly; and 6th in 100 Back.
•    Taylor Steele:  1st in 200 Breast; 1st in 100 Breast; and 6th in 200 IM.
•    Will Jackson:  2nd in 500 Free; 2nd in 200 IM; 2nd in 50 Free; 2nd in 50 Breast; 5th in 100 Back; and 6th in 50 Fly.
•    Connor Campbell:  2nd in 100 Back;  2nd in 200 Free; 3rd in 200 IM; 3rd in 500 Free; 3rd in 50 Free; 4th in 50 Fly; 4th in 100 Free; 4th in 100 Free; and 4th in 100 Breast.
•    Olivia McGonigal:  2nd in 100 Back; 3rd in 50 Free; 4th in 200 Back; 4th in 100 Fly; 4th in 100 Free; 4th in 200 Fly; and 6th in 200 Free.
•    Peyton Widner:  2nd in 50 Free; 3rd in 50 Fly; 3rd in 200 Free; 4th in 100 Back; 4th in 100 Free; and 4th in 50 Back.
•    Sean King:  2nd in 50 Free; 2nd in 200 Fly; 3rd in 100 Fly; 3rd in 100 Back; 5th in 100 Free;  and 6th in 200 IM.
•    Maya Adi:  2nd in 25 Back; 4th in 25 Free; 4th in 50 Free; 5th in 100 Back; and 6th in 50 Breast.
•    Kyran Vitharana:  2nd in 25 Breast; 5th in 100 Back.
•    Brae Jackson:  2nd in 400 IM.
•    Lizzy Gatley:  2nd in 500 Free.
•    Summer Ratley: 3rd in 200 Fly; 5th in 400 IM.
•    Jane Wolff:  3rd in 100 Back; 4th in 50 Back; 4th in 200 Free; and 6th in 50 Fly.
•    Carly Belle Jackson:  4th in 100 Back; 4th in 50 Fly; and 5th in 100 IM.
•    Mason Bryan: 5th in 100 Breast; 5th in 100 Back; and 6th in 200 IM.
•    Gillian Gatley:  6th in 200 IM.
•    Hannan Mackey:  6th in 50 Free; 6th in 100 Free.
•    Mackenzie Angwin:  6th in 200 Breast.
•    Ana Wolff:  6th in 100 Breast.
•    Evan Stinnett: 6th in 50 Free.
•    Ajay Cullen: 6th in 25 Back.

The CAC girls relay teams won both Medley Relays in the ages 13-14 and 15 and older categories.  And, the boys 13-14 year-old relay team won both Medley Relay and Freestyle Relay races.

In a real treat for those in attendance, CAC coaches Fabio da Silva (a 10-time Brazilian National Team member) and Tatiana Lemos (2-time Olympian and 9-time Brazilian National Team member) competed in the 50-yard freestyle.  Later, assistant coach Ben Akel joined Fabio and Tatiana to swim with selected CAC Freestyle relay teams, including a boys relay team with Max Wolff, a Down’s Syndrome swimmer, as the anchor (i.e., final swimmer in the water).  The team’s finish brought arguably the loudest round of applause of the 3-day meet.

Swimmers will work to improve their personal best times as they seek to qualify for States and Sectionals/Regionals over the coming club swim season.  Swimmers carry over state qualifying times from last year assuming they stayed in that age-category or must qualify for a new age-group.  Looking ahead to the upcoming season, CAC will compete in out-of-town meets in Clemson, Columbia, Mount Pleasant, Spartanburg, and Florence, SC.  CAC will also host the Lower-State Palmetto Championship meet in March 2016.

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