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ACAC swimmers compete at home

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By CHIP FISCHER

Special to the News

Abigail King of the Atomic City Aquatics Club swept all of her individual swimming events at the ACAC Invitational Meet held at the Oak Ridge Civic Center.

Along with King’s dominating performance in her 10 races in the 8-under division, Quinn Kustin (8) was the Boys 8-under overall champion, winning two races and landing in the top four in five more. Jake Mason (9) spearheaded the Boys 9-10 group with nine first place finishes and two seconds. Julia Mason (7) was third overall in the Girls 8-under group with six top four finishes.

The older swimmers were not to be outdone. Chandler Ott (17) placed second in the Women's 15-over division. Cameron Holcomb (13) took second in the Boys 13-14. Sydney Goodman (13) and Stevie Logan (14) took second and third respectively in the Girls 13-14. Trevor Haisten (12) took third in the Boys 11-12.

Multiple swimmers won individual events. Sydney Goodman, Trevor Haisten, Loki Hondorf (17), Chandler Ott and Stevie Logan each won two races. Kristin McAllister (14) also took home a win. All of these swimmers swam a number of races that contributed points to the team.

Many swimmers also qualified for the Southeastern Championships, an impressive feat this early in the season. Jake Mason qualified in 10 events. Trevor Haisten qualified in three events. Sydney Goodman and Cameron Holcomb (13) qualified in two events. Harper Houk (12), Grant Groscost (14), Sydney Ragsdale (14), Loki Hondorf, Chandler Ott, Jonny Goss (16) and Jack O’Connor (17) qualified in one event. 

These early season team all-stars will be joined at the Southeasterns by Margaret Stansberry (17), and Daniel Arnold (9), who each qualified in one event at the previous meet.

“All the coaches are happy with the results of this meet,” Coach Mike Bowman said. “We had no warm-up/warm-down, and the meet ran at a very brisk pace. Many athletes competed in five or six events (counting relays) in under a 2.5 hour time frame on consecutive days. These circumstances are rigorous, and yet we still had 11 athletes make cuts.”

Other swimmers contributed points to ACAC’s cause. Notable performances included Mason Fischer (9) and Gaibo Zhang (17), each with 10 top seven finishes; Margaret Stansberry with eight top five finishes; Alton Alexander (11), who scored points by coming in the top seven in eight events; Sean O’Connor (15), with seven top six finishes; Harrison Whitson (12) and Quentin Vanatta (8), each with seven top seven finishes; and Tanner Alexander (9), with six top five finishes. Yohan LePape (7), Tyr Hondorf (14), Madi Cottrell (12) and Harper Houk (12) all had outstanding days as well.