Meanwhile, in Kingsport, the team showed up not knowing what to expect, but ready to rock. By the end of the weekend touching the bottom of the 13ft deep pool was not nearly the most remarkable accomplishment we walked away with. The competition kicked off with the 100 Individual Medley (IM). Nevaeh Hourani, came into the meet with a seed time of 2:13.96 and dropped to a 1:43.68, which was a -30.68 second drop and was SMAC's largest drop of the weekend in either Kingsport or Greensboro.. Luke Gonzales' 1:55.88 in the 100 IM was a huge-22.18 drop. Jaden Gibson finished with High Point award points for 8 and under girls, 7 first place finishes and 1 second place finish. We had Little SMAC and Big SMAC representing at Kingsport. Best times in the 50 BR for Emma Duncan and Regan Wilkinson were great to see. Some other standout swims include:
- Brooks Barbee: -5.48 seconds in 50 free (42.13), -3.65 seconds in 25 backstroke (25.17); and -12.45 seconds in the 50 breaststroke (1:04.65).
- Molly Bishop: -6.71 seconds in the 200 free (2:45.02); -4.62 seconds in the 100 back (1:24.59); and -3.65 seconds in the 50 breaststroke (52.03).
- Ryan Clausen: -3.92 seconds in the 50 free (38.71); -24.03 seconds in the 100 free (1:23.61); and -5.21 in the 50 breaststroke (49.66).
- TJ Harris: -7.11 seconds in the 50 free (42.89); -11.42 seconds in the 50 breaststroke (53.20)
- Maddie Hendershot: -18.44 seconds in the 100 free (1:26.79); -6.51 seconds in the 50 backstroke (44.43); and -10.80 seconds in the 50 butterfly (47.21)
- Brian Youker 25 FR -13.19, 50 BK -8.44.
- Lily Myers 200 FR -18.55, 50 FR 3.96, (-11.23%)
- Payton Thompson 50 FR -4.44 (-10.17%)
Back in Greensboro...
During the mid day 12 and under session back in Greensboro the drops kept coming.. Teagan Laursen led the Tarheel gang with a 10.93% improvement in his 100 IM. Tucker Valliere's 50 Fly was also over a 10% improvement! Yet again out front, lonely Zack Lyle searched for people to race, but got tired of looking behind him and pushed forward with a big time best time in his 50 Fly. Trinity Wenzel inched forward in that 100 FR and got ever closer to the 60 second barrier with a great drop in the event.
Saturday evening featured more than 15 night swims, with many athletes having three races. There were so many A finals swims it was tough to keep track of. The evening highlight came in an event in which it's been rare to see SMAC caps. We broke the spell! The 100 Breaststroke featured not one, not two, but three SMAC swimmers in final session of the event. Riley Laursen, Mason MacDonald, and Johnny Darguzas walked away from the evening having dominated the event.
The curse of the 100 yard breaststroke has ended.
Sunday morning, the team continued to dominate. Big drops came for Colin Mooney, Eric Gomez, Riley Laursen and Gavin Bishop in the 200 FR, Johny Darguzas in the 200 BR, Marna Dodson and Tessa Davis in the 100 Fly and Kevin Wenzel in his 50 FR. It was a FAST morning!
Sunday in Kingsport
In the afternoon session Sunday, Zack Lyle called over to his buddy Tucker Valliiere. Having known Tucker was close to his first ever champs cut in the 50 BR, Zack said, "Tucker, I'm going to give you the purple touch." Zack then took off his cap and started whacking Tucker in the face, just enough times to get him pumped up. "You've got this Tucker!" Little did Zack know that Tucker was about to swim the 100 Backstroke, not the 50 BR. Apparently, the purple touch is a real thing.
Tucker raced his guts out, dropped 7 seconds and got his first ever champs cut by two seconds.
in the afternoon and evening sessions Sunday, SMAC continued the trend. Trinity Wenzel's 200 FR was her first ever 2:10, Zack Lyle's 200 IM was a 17 second drop, Tucker's 100 BK was a huge surprise, and Teagan Laursen's 50 BR was close to a 5% improvement. Johnny Darguzas destroyed the 200 FR with a second place finish, and Tessa Davis got the chance to swim 3 races in finals Sunday evening!