The Atomic City Aquatic Club completed its Short Course season in style in two recent sectional championship meets, the Age Groups for qualifying swimmers under 15, and Senior Sectionals for qualifying swimmers 15 and over. The special swimmers who made the cuts had simply incredible swims.
Tais Brown, 12, was spectacular at Age Groups. He set a team record in the 200 Fly, taking first place at the meet against the best swimmers from 10 states. He also placed fourth in the 100 Fly, fifth in the 50 Fly, and ninth in the 1650 Free, earning points and qualifying for finals in all of those races. He also competed in the 50 Free, 100 Free, and 100 IM, obtaining personal bests in the 50 and 100 Free.
Harper Houk, 14, made ACAC’s presence felt in the 100 Back, 200 Back, 100 Breast, 200 Breast, 100 Fly, and 200 IM, getting personal bests in the 100 Back, 200 Back, and 100 Fly.
Kendal Goodman, 13, competed in the 50 Free and 100 Free, swimming a personal best in the 100 Free. Abigail King, 11, represented ACAC regally in the 50 Fly and 100 Fly, swimming a personal best in the 50 Fly. Mason Fischer, 11, glided like a fish in the 50 Breast and youngster Stephen Zhukov demonstrated he was a force to be recogned with in the 100 Fly.
At Senior Sectionals, Nathan Benko, 16, competed in the 100 Back, 200 Back, and 100 Fly. Sydney Ragsdale, 16, swam the 100 Free and 100 Back, and Sydney Goodman, 15, swam the 100 Breast.
In order to compete in these sectionals, swimmers must achieve times that are very difficult and place them in select company. These nine swimmers and their season’s accomplishments were special, indeed. In fact, as a result of Tais Brown’s season accomplishments he was selected to swim with a Zone “Open Water” team this summer in Fort Myers, Florida. Membership on this team is offered to the best swimmers in the nation.
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