December 3-5, 2021. Atlanta, Ga, Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center.
The Dawgs take on Georgia Tech! Well, not exactly, but this past weekend the ABSC Dawgs traveled over to Georgia Tech for the Georgia Swimming Senior State Championship meet! This is the 15&Over age group champs for our state, and ABSC finished 10th overall!
ABSC took a group of 19 swimmers - 18 from Senior 1, and one from Senior 2 - over to the meet. Only swimmers who meet the senior state qualify standards in at least one event are able to participate.
Highlighting the meet for ABSC were some bigtime swims from our older leaders of the group, including Carter Januzelli and Garrett Kennedy.
Carter, a sprint breaststroke and IM swimmer, took home the state championship in the 100 IM with a time of 51.77. He placed 2nd overall in the 50 breast with a time of 26.22, and placed 4th in the 200 breast and 100 breast.
Garrett was the 2nd-leading point scorer for ABSC, bringing home 45 points individually for the Dawgs. While performing well across the board, it was the backstroke events where Garrett really shined, placing 15th in the 100 50 back, 11th in the 100 back, and 4th overall in the 200 back with a new personal best time of 1:52.40.
Other strong individual performances for ABSC included:
Thomas Askew- 100 fly, 51.05 15th place, 200 IM157.06 18th place
Eli Bates- 400 IM IM, 4:16.84 20th place
Ansley Halbach- 1650FR, 18:20.90 6th place
Will Foggin- 200FR 1:43.05, 16th place
James Xiao- 100BK- 53.53, 16th
Along with some strong individual showings, ABSC also placed well in the relay events, particularly on the men's side.
ABSC's highest finish relay was its men's 4x10000 Medley Relay. The relay team finished 2nd overall with a time of (3:26.19), which is good for a new team record!!! The relay consisted of:
Garrett Kennedy (Back)- 53.50
Carter Januzelli (Breast) - 55.88
Thomas Askew (Fly) - 49.88
James Xiao (Free) - 46.93
ABSC's men's 4x50 medley relay consisting of the same four swimmers in the same four strokes finished 4th overall, and its 4x100 freestyle relay finished 6th overall and also set a new team record for ABSC! That relay team consisted of
Garrett Kennedy - 48.54
Carter Januzelli - 46.78
James Xiao - 46.96
Daniel Huang- 48.31
Other swimmers not yet named to swim in the meet include the following awesome ABSC Senior
swimmers: Austin Ackerman, Aubree-Clare Alewine-Flores, Nicole Avelar, Makaylee Cain, Charlotte Foggin, Brandon Hailey, Addie Hayes, Will Hines, Maddie Hope, William Johnson & Sam Krosner.
Great performance by Coach Adam Sasso, and all of our Senior swimmers at the meet. Next, we turn our sights to three ABSC Senior 1 Swimmers (Simon Casey, Olivia Dellatorre, Gavin Jones) who will be competing at the Junior Nationals meet this weekend.