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By CHIP FISCHER
Special to the News
Swimming is not high school football, but the Atomic City Aquatic Club swimmers sure kicked the ball through the proverbial goalposts at the 2013 SAC Fall Kickoff in Pigeon Forge.
“The kids did an amazing job considering it was the first meet of the 2013-2014 short course season,” Coach Mike Bowman said. “Up to now we have focused on technique, not so much on conditioning or times. But to have so many victories and so much improvement in times, you can’t ignore that.”
There were 50 ACAC swimmers. Many excelled at this meet. In the 8 and under group, Abigail King (8) won six races and taking second in her other three.
Quentin Vanatta (8) led the way for the boys.
In the 9-10 age group, Southeastern Swimming All-Star Jake Mason (9) won nine events and taking second in his only other event. All-Star Mason Fischer (9) won two breaststroke events for the girls and scored points with top five finishes in all eight of her other races.
The 11-12 group was spearheaded by Alison Craig (12) for the girls and Trevor Haisten (12) for the boys, who both scored points for our team.
The 13-14 group was led by Sydney Goodman (13) winning three events and Sydney Ragsdale (14) one. Stevie Logan (14) won two events for the girls.
For the boys, All-Star Cameron Holcomb (13) won two events and Tyr Hondorf (14) won one event. Hondorf scored points with top six finishes in all 10 of his races.
Jonathan Goss dominated for the 15 and over boys, winning four events and placing in the top four in all seven races he swam. Loki Hondorf won three events and took fourth in his other event.
Margaret Stansberry (17) and Chandler Ott (17) did well in this age group, with Stansberry winning eight events, taking second in one, and thirdrd in her other race. Ott won four races and took second in her other five.
Many other swimmers made contributions to ACAC’s success. Notably, Tanner Alexander (9) scored points with top six finishes in all 11 of his races. Emily Corbett (8), Victoria Corbett (7) and Julia Mason (7) also posted numerous top five finishes. Daniel Arnold (9), Madi Cottrell (12), Natalie Ingle (12), Harper Houk (12), Grant Groscost (14), Christin McAllister (14), Abigail Hinsley (15), Jack and Sean O’Connor (17 and 15) and Margaret Sumner (17) also contributed greatly.
“All in all a good start,” Bowman said.
ACAC’s next event is the ACAC Lois Weir Invitational Swim Meet from Feb. 1 –3, 2014 at the Oak Ridge Civic Center. Spectators are welcome and encouraged.