SMAC struggles at Rocky Top, bounces back in Asheville

By Staff reports | Jan 30, 2013
Crayton Morrow

The Smoky Mountain Aquatic Club (SMAC) struggled when they hit the water at the 2013 SE Pilot January Classic swim meet held Jan. 18-20 at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Tennessee.
The team, hit hard from some type of flu bug, managed to scratch their way to a few top five finishes, but overall, it was a tough meet for the athletes.
London Schumacher, who was nursing flu-like symptoms all weekend, paced the ailing team with a second-place finish in the 1650 freestyle; a third-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley; and a fourth-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley.
Kevin Wenzel (10) managed to finish fifth in the 50-yard freestyle; sixth in the 100-yard IM; and ninth in the 50-yard backstroke. Wenzel’s younger sister, Trinity (8), was the only other SMAC swimmer to crack the top-ten. She finished third in the 25 and 50-yard breaststrokes and landed in the top-ten in four more of her events.
“It was a tough weekend of swimming,” said SMAC Head Coach Andy Wagner. “Our kids gave it their all, but some of them weren’t feeling very good, and for others, the competition was probably the best they’ve faced this year.”
After going through a weekend of sick athletes and fast competition, SMAC coach Andy Wagner took his squad to Asheville where they squared off with the Asheville Swim Club and the Mars Hill Swim Club.
The meet, intended to help the young SMAC athletes get some racing time in the water, did exactly what coach Wagner hoped it would — present positive results.
SMAC dominated the water as they had 43 top-ten finishes with only 22 swimmers.
Winning events for the team were James Morrow; Kiana Schumacher; London Schumacher; Kevin Wenzel; Trinity Wenzel; Elke Craig; and Madison Dietrich.
In addition to the athletes who won events, others placing in the top-ten were Annie Ly; Angelique Tinklepaugh; Karalee Corbeil; Cora Dodson; Elizabeth flowe; Mackenzie Flowe; Marshall Graves; Patrick Trantham; and Stephen Wenzel.
SMAC is now gearing up for it’s championship meets which will begin on March 14th with the USA Speedo Southern Senior Sectional meet in Nashville, TN, where they will square off with participants from seven other states, and conclude with the younger athletes hitting the pool in Greensboro, NC for the Tarheel State Championship meet March 22-24.

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