24 Team Records for the Short Course Season

The 2013-2014 short course season was a year in which many team records were broken. Quad-A swimmers racked up a total of 24 new team records. Antony DeMott and Reese Fye claimed two records a piece in the 11-12 boys’ age group. DeMott broke team records in the 100 free (54.17) and 200 fly (2:15.89). Fye set new team records in the 500 free (5:19.18) and 1000 free (10:52.71). David Murphy set nine new 15-16 boys’ records and one new open record. Murphy’s records were 50 free (21.28), 100 free (46.39), 200 free (1:43.60), 500 free (4:48.33), 100 back (53.54), 100 breast (58.07), 200 breast (2:09.98), 200 IM (1:55.85), and 400 IM (4:14.85). Murphy’s 200 IM was also a new open age group team record. On the girls’ side, Nicole Fye set eight new records in the 15-16 age group and two open records. Her records came in the 100 free (53.57), 200 free (1:52.79), 500 free (4:56.23), 1650 free (17:05.12), 200 back (2:06.26), 100 fly (57.91), 200 fly (2:02.06), and 400 IM (4:34.74). Her open records came in the 1650 free and 200 fly. This was a great season for Quad-A swimmers. We hope to carry this success into the long course season.

Murphy Competes Against Olympians

The Speedo Champions Series converged on the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C. April 13-16 for the Southern Zone Eastern Sectional swim meet. The meet hosted over 500 of the best swimmers in the world including U.S. Olympians Ryan Lochte, (11-time medalist) and Cullen Jones, (four-time medalist). Olympian, Hungarian, and European National Champion, Laszlo Cseh, Dutch Olympian, Dion Dreesens, and numerous NCAA champions were all competing for the Speedo crown. Accompanying the Olympians were local swimming stars David Murphy Jr. and Nicole Fye, from Quad A. The Speedo Champions Series displays some of the top swimming talent from across the United States, with professional and amateur swimmers competing together. The series has several stops scheduled for 2014 which are broken into zones. The Southern Zone Eastern Series is made up of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. In order to qualify, each swimmer competing must meet a specific USA time standard in the event that he or she is competing. Murphy, representing the Americus Blue Tide, was one of the youngest swimmers in attendance. He qualified in nine events but chose to compete in eight of them during the grueling four-day meet. The events that Murphy entered were the 50, 100, and 200 Yard Freestyle, 100 and 200 Yard Breaststroke, 100 Yard Backstroke, 100 Yard Fly and 200 Yard Individual Medley. On Friday, Murphy finished a strong 10th place in the 100 Breast finals with a time of 58.47 seconds. After the meet on Friday, Murphy left the pool confident in preparation for his early morning heat versus Lochte in the 50 Yard Freestyle. Unfortunately, his confidence was shaken due to thieves breaking the side glass of his car and stealing his swim bag that contained all of his competition gear while he was eating dinner. When Murphy walked into the aquatic center on Saturday morning, the only thing he had in his possession was a borrowed swim cap. He was able to purchase a racing suite and other gear prior to entering the pool for his heat against Lochte. Murphy finished 4th in the heat and 18th overall with a time of 21.54 seconds. When asked how he handled the adversity of losing all of his equipment the night before he was to compete against two Olympians in the 50 Yard Freestyle, Murphy stated, “It was very unfortunate to have someone steal all of my stuff on a night right before one of the biggest races of my career. I had to block it out and focus on the race at the time.” Cullen Jones won the event with Lochte finishing a close second place. On Sunday, Murphy regained his confidence and finished 17th in the 100 Yard Freestyle with Lochte winning and Dion Dreesens finishing third. After the meet, Murphy commented on his experience. “It was a great experience to be able to compete against the fastest swimmers in the USA and in the world. This is one of the many beauties of competitive swimming where amateur and professional swimmers compete in the same regional and national competitions.” Fye was unable to compete in the meet due to an acute illness.

Quad-A Places Third at Age Group State

The defending Georgia Swimming Short Course State Champions, Americus Blue Tide/Quad A swim team, faced some tough competition in route to placing third in the Division III Georgia 14 and under age group State Championships last weekend. Fifty-five teams and over 1,100 swimmers converged on the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, with all eyeing the coveted state championship crown. One of the smaller teams in the state, the Americus Blue Tide/Quad A were represented by 12 athletes who all performed to their maximum, with Antony DeMott winning the high point award for 11 year olds with his stellar performance over the three days of competition. On the first day of the meet, Maggie Davis swam to a 12th place finish in the 14-year-old 1000 free. She also claimed 11th place in the 100 fly. Daniel Iordanov placed eighth for the 11-year-olds with a personal best time of 12:54.07, and Reese Fye grabbed a fourth place finisg for the 12-year-olds. Allie Murphy took 17th place in the 50 free for the 14-year-olds. In finals that night, Antony DeMott started out strong with a third place finish in the 200 IM. He then turned around and won the 50 free with an incredible time of 25.30. DeMott would then win another event in the 100 fly with a close, come-from-behind finish. Fye claimed seventh place in the 100 fly, and the 14 and under girls 800 free relay team of Maggie Davis, Allie Murphy, Olivia Thomas, and Jordan Brown finished 17th. On day two, the 12 and under boys 200 medley relay team consisting of Iordanov, DeMott, Fye, and Levi DeMott took home 16th place. Davis then finished 28th in the 200 free, and Kalman DeMott finished 28th in the 200 breast. Fye also claimed 17th in the 50 fly. The girls 200 free relay of Murphy, Davis, Thomas, and Brown swam to a 19th place. The boys 200 free relay took 16th place. Davis then took 22nd in the 400 IM while Iordanov took 15th in the event. In the days finals, Antony DeMott claimed the third spot in the 200 free. He then went on to grab an eighth place finish in the 100 back. He was not done yet, however. In the 50 fly, Demott claimed yet another victory to continue his tremendous meet. Murphy, Thomas, Davis, and Brown went on to take 19th in the 400 medley relay. The boys relay of Iordanov, DeMott, Fye, and DeMott placed 12th. On the last day, the boys 400 free relay placed 12th. The girls relay consisting of Murphy, Davis, Olivia Thomas, and Caroline Hardin placed 16th. Murphy swam the 100 free and took home 33rd while Maggie Davis finished 36th. In the boys 200 fly, Antony DeMott won the event, and Iordanov placed 12th. For the 12-year-olds, Fye grabbed third place. In the 14-year-old girls 100 breast, Murphy placed 27th and Thomas placed 28th. Kalman DeMott placed 27th for the boys. Davis claimed 21st in the 500 free. For the 11-year-old boys, Antony DeMott placed fourth and Iordanov placed 15th. Fye placed 7th for the 12-year-olds. In Sunday night’s finals, Antony DeMott added another first place finish in the 100 free. Davis claimed 7th in the 200 fly.

Quad-A Has Strong Showing at Senior State

Seven swimmers from Quad-A competed at the Georgia Swimming Senior State Championships from December 6th through December 8th. Quad-A finished 4th for the small teams division and 15th overall. All of the swimmers (Clay Copland, Josiah Copland, Maggie Davis, Ryan Davis, Kalman DeMott, Allie Murphy, and David Murphy) achieved personal best times on the way to breaking five individual team records and tying another one. Top individual performances included David Murphy’s 4th place finish in the 100 free and 6th place in the 100 breast. He also made a junior national “B” standard in the 100 breast and a scholastic all American times in his 50 free and 100 breast. The men’s 800 yard freestyle relay team consisting of David Murphy, Ryan Davis, Kalman DeMott, and Clay Copland also finished in the top ten.

Quad-A Prepares for Senior State

Seven Quad-A swimmers prepare for the Georgia Swimming Senior State Championships. The swimmers are looking for the first Senior State title in Quad-A history. This summer they came off their best ever finish of second place. Swimmers will be competing in 22 individual events and 5 relays. This meet will take place from December 6th through December 8th. The following swimmers will be competing: Clay Copland, Josiah Copland, Maggie Davis, Ryan Davis, Kalman DeMott, Allie Murphy, and David Murphy.

Betty Pope Invitational a Huge Success

Around 80 swimmers competed in the Betty Pope Invitational this past weekend. During the meet, the facility was rededicated to one of its chief benefactors – Mrs. Betty Pope. One of the two founders of the Americus Blue Tide swim team, Mrs. Theresa Myers, was also honored. Swimmers from the Darton Aqua-Darts and the Columbus Hurricanes competed in the meet, but yet again Quad-A was victorious. Quad-A swimmers swept the meet with a total of 46 first place finishes. The final scores were: Quad-A- 2630.5, Columbus- 1,096.5, and Darton- 528. Meet results and pictures can be found under thier tabs at the top.

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We have a pool!

David Murphy 5 October 20:19

From: Americus Blue Tide and Friends of the Deriso Pool!!

We were able to extend our deadline so that we could work out an agreement with Georgia Southwestern. Now, today, just one week into October, we signed a bridge agreement that will lead to a one-year lease (Nov 1, 2012 to Oct 31, 2013), subject to Board of Regents approval. Americus Blue Tide will be responsible for the entire utility and chemical bills, and we will be able to run programs and keep all the revenues. Our strategy is to 1) design a comprehensive list of programs, memberships and partnerships, and then 2) publicize and market them widely.

Our Booster Club is an integral and ongoing part of our strategy and we still need everyone’s support to continue and grow the Americus Blue Tide into a sustainable organization. If you have been waiting to contribute until we had a deal in place with GSW, you no longer have to worry. We have a pool!

To all the high school swimmers…get your goggles and swimsuits ready as your season is right around the corner and we have a pool waiting on you.