HOW'D IT GO?
Friday, the weekend started off with a bang. Rocking nearly 100% best times for the entire group in the first event, the 100 Freestyle, the teams from the 828 came ready to crush. The ball kept rolling all through the morning, with big drops coming in the 100 Backstroke, the 400 Freestyle, and 100 Butterfly. Sophia Woody went 3 for 3 on best times, as did Katie Bauer, Issac Fishman, Connor Smith, Ava Mack, Patrick Sleater, Emma Gwan-Nulla, and Tucker Valliere. Every athlete walked away Friday morning with a best time and contributed towards our team total of dropped seconds. It was official after the Friday session, the team was ready to rock.
Highlighted by Abby Smith's 12 and Under Champs cut by .06 in the 200 FR, the Friday crew of 12 and Unders followed suit. As Jaden Gibson had a fantastic 400 FR, Reagan Wilkinson killed that 50 BK and Carson Valliere had a big time :20 second drop in his 200 FR, the Friday afternoon session was full of fast swimming. Finals saw the ol'828 finish 1-2-3 in the 13-14 boys 200 IM with the likes of Patrick Sleater, Tucker Valliere and Connor Smith. YEEHAAW!
The ball kept rolling on Saturday. Erin Butler Jason Greene, and Luke Mina had some nice drops in the 100 Fly while the rest of the crew followed suit, highlighted by Ava Mack's nearly 10 second drop in the 200 FR. Sister Izzy Mack did the same thing later in the day with a superb 400 IM, cutting nearly 7 seconds and going 3 for 3 on best times in the Saturday Session. In the afternoon, athletes from Smoky Mountain Aquatic Club came ready to rock. Ava Bonomo's 100 BK was a nice cut, Naveah Hourani hit it big with another champs cut in the 50 FR, and with a beautiful start, kickout and some serious power, Max Serenius did classic Max Serenius stuff and had a great drop in his 50 Fly. Meredith Bradshaw and Harper Clark dominated their heats and kicked some butt in those 50 Breaststrokes, while Livi Warlick nearly beat her 50 Yard freestyle time in the 50 meter pool! TALK TO ME!
With the group cheering behind his lane, the finals session Saturday night that featured Patrick Sleater in a breathtaking neck and neck finish. The group woke up Sunday inspired and kept grinding. In what must have felt like her 100th race of the weekend, Abby Kriegler dropped about 5 seconds in her 100 Breaststroke. As the 50 Free's approached, it was Jacob Allen's turn and he delivered, not just breaking :30 for the first time, but SMASHING it.
The SMAC crew kept the ball rolling Sunday as Maddie Hendershot and Caroline Bonomo duked it out stellar drops in the 100 Freestyles while an inspired Naveah Hourani got yet another cut in her 100 Free. The day rounded off with Luke Gonzales, Zack Lyle and Reagan Wilkinson in an ultimate Butterfly showdown. Way to go on those 200s fellas!