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Twenty Atomic City Aquatics Club (ACAC) swimmers recently had a good time in Nashville at the 2014 Southeastern Championships recently.
Two swimmers had top 10 finishes in this competitive qualifier-only swim meet. Loki Hondorf (18) took eighth in the 500 Free and ninth in the 1650 Free in the Senior Group. Jake Mason (9) took fifth in the 50 Fly, ninth in the 200 IM, ninth in the 500 Free, and 10th in the 200 Free.
The 10-U Boys 200 Medley Relay, consisting of Mason, Tanner Alexander, Daniel Arnold and Brady Houk took eighth. The 11-12 Boys 200 Medley Relay, consisting of David Arnold, Harper Houk, Vidar Hondorf and Alton Alexander took 10th.
There were also swimmers moving forward to age group sectionals who even further improved on their qualifying times. Kamden Batchik achieved personal bests in the 50 Free and 50 Breast. Kendal Goodman improved in the 50 Breast. Harper Houk improved in the 200 IM and 100 Breast. Mason bettered three of his previous age group sectional times.
“Southeastern’s were a good test for where we are as a team this year,” Coach Mike Bowman said. “Many of our athletes were either training through this meet for even more prestigious championship meets, or were coming off previous championship meets.”
Other ACAC swimmers also got the chance to swim against stiff regional competition. They included Nathan Benko, Mason Fischer, Sydney Goodman, Cameron Holcomb, Madeline Linkous, Jack O’Connor, Sean O’Connor, Chandler Ott, Sydney Ragsdale, and Margaret Stansberry,
“Given these swimmers’ brutal championship schedule and, for some, youth and lack of experience, the fact that 39 percent of our races were best times is simply outstanding,” Bowman said. “Our very highest level swimmers will make a huge impact as this year’s short course championship season comes to a close. And with many of our athletes being at the bottom of their age groups, we should be a force to be reckoned with next year at Southeasterns.”
The ACAC short course championship season will culminate with the age group and Senior Sectional Championships, and the NCSA Junior National Championships.