The Chattahoochee Gold Swim Club finished second in the large team division in the 14-and-under state championships two weekends ago at the Cumming Aquatic Center, continuing a string of great performances by one of the state’s best swim clubs.
The Woodstock club finished with 3,456.5 points, good enough for second place behind Swim Atlanta (4,564).
“Our staff is overjoyed with the second place finish,” Chattahoochee Gold coach Mark Schilling said. “For at least 30 years, swimming in Georgia has been dominated by two teams, so we are of course happy to achieve such a historic accomplishment in scoring second at the meet and finally surpassing the third place finish.”
Chattahoochee Gold had many strong performers at the event that led to the club’s success, with club swimmer Gavin Halusic finishing in the top three of all nine events he took part in the boys 11-12 age group.
Halusic won the boys 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.09 seconds, as well as the boys 200 butterfly with a time of 2:10.11. He also finished in 2nd place in the boys 50 butterfly (26.02), 1,000 freestyle (11:00.70), 200 breaststroke (2:27.85) and the 400 individual medley (4:42.04).
Rounding out his nine top-three finishes were third-place finishes in the 100 freestyle (53.97), 50 freestyle (24.79) and 500 freestyle (5:21.63). He also had the highest individual point total among all swimmers in the 11 to 12 age group for boys at 192.
“Halusic is a great athlete with a bright future in the sport,” Schilling said. “He had some great performances at the meet, which makes us really excited to see what he can do in the future in some of the higher levels of the sport.”
Additional winners from the club include Caroline Hughes from the 11-12 girls group, Maggie O’Shaughnessy from the girls 13-14 age group and Derek Henry from the boys 13-14 group.
Hughes won the girls 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:11.46, as well as the 200 breaststroke (2:38.38) and the 50 breaststroke (33.19). O’Shaughnessy won the girls 200 backstroke with a time of 2:24.91, and Henry won both the boys 100 breaststroke (1:00.37) and the 200 backstroke (2:10.09).
The club further cemented its reputation as one of the best swim clubs in the state, accumulating a plethora of top-five and top-10 finishes in many of the meet’s events, while also claiming a number of high ranking spots in the individual scores category from different age groups.
Schilling said this success for the club is exciting, but that the hard work really begins now.
“Since this meet represents just swimmers 14 and under, now the hard work begins in making sure we can compete at the same or higher level as any team in the state, or country for that matter, with the great group of athletes we have coming up,” Schilling said.
The meet, which usually takes place at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center, took place at three separate locations due to COVID-19 restrictions: Cumming, Georgia Tech and the Dynamo Swim Center in Chamblee.