The 2016 AT&T Winter National Championships are underway at the Georgia Tech McAuley Aquatic Center, in Atlanta, Georgia. The McAuley Aquatic Center has three pools—50 m x 25 m competition pool, 25 yd. diving well with full towers and 5-1m and 3-3m springboards, and a separate recreational pool with an indoor water slide. The facility also seats 1950 spectators in individual chair-back seats. The McAuley Aquatic Center was the site of the 1996 Olympic Aquatic events where 4 world records were broken, and the campus also served as the Olympic Village and Boxing venue during the Games. Most recently the 2006 Men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving championships were held at the facility where records were broken every night.
PVS is well represented, with 24 swimmers qualifying in 23 different events, representing 6 different teams.
Nations Capital tops the list with 15 swimmers:
- Scott Callander (100 Fly)
- Cole Cooper (100/200 Fly)
- Will Cumberland (200 IM, 100 Fly, 100/200 Backstroke)
- Sinead Eksteen (500 Free, 400 IM, 200 Free, 200 Back)
- Isabella Gati (100/200 Fly)
- Allison Goldblatt (200 IM, 100/200 Fly)
- Abigail Harter (200 IM, 100 Fly, 100 Breast)
- Maddie Heilbrun (200/400 IM, 200 Back)
- Madeline Laporte (100 Fly, 200 free)
- Katie Mack (200 IM, 50/100/200 Free, 100/200 Back)
- Claire Nguyen (200/500 free, 100/200 Fly 200 Back)
- Sam Pomajevich (100/200/500 Free 200 IM 100/200 Fly)
- Spencer Rowe (200 IM, 100/200 Breast)
- Kylie Stronko (100/200 Back)
- Timothy Wu (200 IM, 100/200 Breast)
RMSC, 3 swimmers:
- Eli Fouts (100/200 Breast)
- Madison Waechter (500 free, 100/200 Fly)
- Jaycee Yegher (100/200 Breast)
Potomac Marlins, 2 swimmers:
- Holly Jansen (200 IM, 100/200 Breast)
- Leo Wang (100 Breast)
George Mason, 2 swimmers:
- Sydney Fisher (50/100 Free, 100 Fly)
- Alec Morin (50 Free)
Mason Makos, 1 swimmer :
- Lexi Cuomo (50/100 Free 100 Fly 100 Back)
Arlington Aquatics, 1 swimmer:
Anna Shumate (100 Breast)
For reference, there are a bonus, consolation, and championship final in each individual event at this Championship (except the 1650 yard freestyle events, which will have only the fastest heat swimming in the finals session). In the Finals, the B (consolation) heat will swim first, followed by the A (championship) heat. After all the A and B heats are completed, the C (bonus) heat is swum. All relays are swum at the end of the “A/B” finals session, prior to beginning the C heats.
Results are in from the first night of individual swimming (December 1), and the PVS swimmers fared well!
In the Women’s 500 Freestyle, Sinead Eksteen finished 4th in the ‘B’ Heat (12th overall), Claire Nguyen finished 3rd (19th overall) and Madison Waechter finished 7th (23rd overall) in the ‘C’ Heat.
In the Men’s 500, Sam Pomajevich had a close race in the ‘A’ Heat and finished 4th overall, just a bit off of his prelim swim time.
In the Women’s 200 IM, Katie Mack swam in the ‘B’ Heat, earning a 7th place (15th overall).
The Men’s 200 IM also had 2 NCAP swimmers in the ‘B’ Heat, Will Cumberland swam to a 5th place finish (13th overall) and Sam Pomajevich came back after the 500 to finish 7th in the heat (15th overall), impressive back-to-back swims from Sam! Spencer Rowe rounded out the 200 IM with a 5th place finish in the ‘C’ Heat, (21st overall).
In the Women’s 50 free, Sydney Fisher competed in the ‘B’ Heat and snagged 3rd (11th overall).
In each of the 6 contested the relay events (4 swum on Wednesday, 2 Thursday), NCAP has put a team in the top 8.
The National Championships meet will conclude December 3rd. Feel free to watch online:
Good luck to the swimmers representing PVS and their club teams on the National stage!