September 28, 2009…. 23 swimmers from Excel Aquatics/Sumner County, who train in Gallatin, took to the water this past weekend in the Excel Aquatics Fall Fest Swim Meet in Brentwood TN, Sept 25-27.
Two swimmers won three total events between them. Bradley Gillilan won the Senior Boy’s 1,650 Yard Freestyle, coming in at 15:41.26, a drop of 31.49 seconds from his previous best time. Gillilan also won the 500 Yard Freestyle in a time of 4:39.12, another personal best time. Gillilan’s time of 2:01.01 in the 200 Yard Fly was good enough for a 2nd place finish and a Senior Sectional qualifying time.
Brittany Zobl, a Sophomore at Pope John Paul II High School, won the Senior Girl’s 50 Yard Freestyle in a time of 0:25.70, just a fraction off a personal best time.
Four swimmers who attend High School in Sumner County attained an astounding 24 High School State Qualifying times between them. High School State times have to be re-attained each year.
Zobl attained cuts in the 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Fly, 100 Breast, and 200 Individual Medley (IM). Zobl also attained Southeastern Swimming Short Course Championship Times in the 200 Free and 200 IM.
Kathryn George, a senior at Pope John Paul II High School, attained cuts in the 100 Free, 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Fly, 100 Breast, and 200 IM. George also attained Southeastern Swimming Short Course Championship Times in the 200 IM.
Alek Nochowicz, also a Senior at Pope John Paul II High School, attained cuts in the 100 Free, 200 Free, 500 Free, 100 Back, and 200 IM.
Bryce Anderson, a Sophomore at Merroll-Hyde Magnet School, made his State cuts in the 100 Free, 200 Free, 500 Free, 100 Back, 100 Fly, and 200 IM. Anderson also attained Southeastern Swimming Short Course Championship Times in the 200 Free, 200 Fly, and 1,000 Free.
Top 8 Finishes:
Bryce Anderson - Senior Boy's - 3rd 1650 Free, 4th 500 Free, 8th 200 Fly
Mary Grace Anderson - 8&U Girl's - 6th 100 Free, 7th 100 IM
Austin Beech - 8&U Boy's - 3rd 50 Back, 5th 25 Free, 5th 50 Free, 8th 25 Back
Schuyler Daniel - 11&12 Girl's - 5th* 50 Fly (*or 3rd?)
Ben Ellis - 8&U Boy's - 7th 50 Back
Kathryn George - Senior Girl's - 3rd 100 Back, 3rd 100 Fly, 5th 100 Free, 5th 200 Fly, 5th 200 IM, 8th 100 Breast, 8th 200 Breast
Bradley Gillilan - Senior Boy's - 1st 500 Free, 1st 1650 Free, 2nd 200 Fly, 6th 200 Breast
Emily Harris - 8&U Girl's - 8th 25 Back
Erica Harris - 8&U Girl's - 3rd 100 Free, 5th 100 IM, 5th 50 Free, 5th 50 Back, 5th 25 Free, 6th 50 Back
Madison Kolbe - 13&14 Girl's - 4th 200 Breast, 5th 50 Free, 5th 400 IM, 5th 1000 Free
John Mainland - Senior Boy's - 8th 1000 Free
Makensie Moses – 10&U Girl’s – 2nd 500 Free
Taylor Moses - 13&14 Boy's - 4th 1650 Free
Alek Nochowicz - Senior Boy's - 5th 1650 Free, 5th 1000 Free
Allison Riley - 11&12 Girl's - 7th 500 Free
Paige Scheriger - 13&14 Girl's - 2nd 100 Breast, 2nd 200 Breast, 3rd 200 IM, 3rd 400 IM, 4th 50 Free, 4th 200 Back, 6th 500 Free, 7th 200 Fly
Brittany Zobl - Senior Girl's - 1st 50 Free, 2nd 100 Free, 3rd 200 Back, 4th 100 Back, 6th 200 Free, 6th 200 IM, 8th 400 IM, 8th 100 Fly
Also participating in the meet: Caroline Allen, Maggie Coley, Riley Gaines, Jacob McCrory, Michael Treesh, and Anna Zikovich.
“Our 8&Under swimmers have done great, many placed in the Top 8 in their events, and our 10&Unders were real close in a lot of events,” Coach Barnes pointed out. “We are proud of how hard they work and their excitement in swimming.”
“At Excel Aquatics/Sumner County we work with swimmers at all levels of training, and we focus on leaving no one behind. Coaches have told me that if you had watched Gillilan as a new 6 year old swimmer, you wouldn’t think he would eventually be competing at the Senior National level, and yet through technique and dedication, he is now the top Long Distance swimmer in Middle Tennessee and is being recruited by major colleges across the nation. We did not leave Gillilan behind all those years ago, and now he is inspiring the current young swimmers who train with us to strive to compete with him one day.”
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