SMAC swimmers excel at Virginia Swimming state championships

Shenandoah Marlins Aquatic Club Swimmers excelled at this month’s Virginia Swimming state championship meets held at various locations across the state.

At Virginia Swimming Senior Championships, held the weekend of March 4–7 at the University of Virginia Aquatics and Fitness Center in Charlottesville, SMAC had twelve athletes participate in the meet. Participants included Keegan Abar, Jessie Arnold, Anna Corley, Natalie Cronk, CJ Higdon, Katie Keefer, Michael McDevitt, Scout McDevitt, Michael Mowen, Alex Rayle, Remedy Rule and Rob Turner.

Remedy Rule achieved her first NCSA Junior National time standard in the 50-yard freestyle, turning in a time of 24.27 – breaking the SMAC team record held since 1994 by former UVa. All-American Rebecca Cronk. Rule also broke her own team record in the 500FR, clocking a time of 5:02.96. Arnold, Corley, Cronk, Scout McDevitt, Rayle and Turner also turned in lifetime best performances.

At the Virginia Y-League Championships, held March 13 at the Waynesboro Family YMCA, many SMAC athletes turned in top-place finishes as the team took home a second-place finish. First-place finishers included Keegan Abar, Bobby Carey, Lindsey Carter, Natalie Cronk, Alex Flowers, Zakkary Hodge, Norah Hunt, Steven Jenny, Caleb Johnson, Michael McDevitt, Hunter McMillon, Jordan Miller, Michael Mowen, Brazil Rule, Savannah Scarbrough, Hanna Shifflett, Olivia Shon, Rob Turner and Averi Witt. Every SMAC swimmer participating in the meet turned in at least one top-10 finish.

At the Virginia Swimming Age Group Championships, held March 18-21 at the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center in Manassas, SMAC swimmers continued to shine at the state’s top 14-and-under meet. SMAC took home the Small Division combined team title, while the girls finished first in the small-team division, and the boys second. Fifteen SMAC swimmers participated in the meet, including Jessie Arnold, Matt Bihl, Alexis Campbell, Bobby Carey, Anna Corley, Olivia Heeb, CJ Higdon, Norah Hunt, Caleb Johnson, Hunter McMillon, Brazil Rule, Remedy Rule, Olivia Shon, Max Tempkin and Gannon Willcutts.

The SMAC 13-14 girls relays were crowned state champions in three of the four relays events. The 400-yard freestyle relay of Remedy Rule, Olivia Shon, Anna Corley and Jessie Arnold finished in first place with a time of 3:39.90. The 200-yard freestyle relay of Remedy Rule, Jessie Arnold, Olivia Shon and Alexis Campbell finished in first place with a time of 1:40.38. The 400-yard medley relay of Anna Corley, Olivia Shon, Remedy Rule and Jessie Arnold took home first place with a time of 3:59.48. The 200-yard medley relay of Anna Corley, Olivia Shon, Remedy Rule and Jessie Arnold finished in second place.

Remedy Rule took home state championships in the 13-14 Girls 1000-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, and 200-yard backstroke. Rule secured NCSA Junior National cuts in both the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard backstroke. Olivia Shon took home state championships in the 13-14 Girls 100 and 200-yard breaststroke. Shon secured an NCSA Junior National cut in the 100-yard breaststroke, and a USA Swimming Junior National cut in the 200-yard breaststroke.

SMAC Swimmers turning in top-eight finishes included Jessie Arnold (3rd – 13-14G 1000FR, 3rd – 13-14G 1650FR, 2nd – 13-14G 500FR), Bobby Carey (6th – 11-12B 500FR), Anna Corley (6th – 13-14G 200BA, 7th – 13-14G 100BA), Olivia Heeb (3rd – 11-12G 500FR, 5th – 11-12G 50BR, 7th – 11-12G 200FR, 6th – 11-12G 200BR), Norah Hunt (8th – 11-12G 500FR, 8th – 11-12G 200FLY, 6th – 11-12G 200FR), Max Tempkin (2nd – 11-12B 50BA, 4th – 11-12B 100BA).

Matt Bihl (12th – 13-14B 200BR), CJ Higdon (11th – 13-14B 1000FR, 11th – 13-14B 1650FR), and Gannon Willcutts (16th – 11-12B 200FR) all turned in top-sixteen finishes.

SMAC Team Records were taken down by Olivia Heeb (11-12G 200BR), Remedy Rule (13-14G 100FR, 13-14G 200FR, 13-14G 1000FR), Olivia Shon (13-14G 100BR, 13-14G 200BR, 13-14G 200IM), and Max Tempkin (11-12B 200BA, 11-12B 100IM).

SMAC’s season continues on with six swimmers, Jessie Arnold, Natalie Cronk, Katie Keefer, Scout McDevitt, Michael Mowen and Remedy Rule traveling to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for YMCA Nationals April 7-10. Olivia Heeb and Max Tempkin will be traveling with the Virginia Swimming Zone All-Star Team to New York from April 1-3.

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