SMAC Team has fantastic finishes at Cary swim meet

By Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department | Mar 13, 2017
From left to right: Trinity Wenzel, Coach Charlie McCanless, Zach Lyle and Kevin Wenzel

CARY - Smoky Mountain Aquatic Club's (SMAC) Age Group Championship team made the trip to Cary, North Carolina and proudly represented Waynesville and all of Western North Carolina. SMAC athletes were Zack Lyle, Kevin Wenzel, and Trinity Wenzel.

The team left the meet Sunday with 10 swims that were the top three in the SMAC record books. Two of the three were all time team records. The weekend marked SMAC's return to the scoreboard at North Carolina  Age Group Champs for the first time in nearly 7 years. The team also returned to the 10 and Under podium for the first time since Nathan Lile, Sam Sinyard and others did back in 2005.

On Saturday, Zack's first swim was the 50 yard backstroke with a time of 32.3 seconds. The second place finish was good enough to break Sam Sinyard's 33.5 SMAC Record from 2005. Zack’s 50 FR, 50 Fly, and 200 FR all were top ten finishes in the state. His 28.5 second 50 FR broke the longest standing SMAC record that was set in 2002 by Colin Purman. Zack's 1:03 100 FR, 1:14 100 BK, and 1:16 100 Fly were all good enough for top 3 in the SMAC record book and were all a joy to watch.

SMAC's 13-14 year old contingent was represented by Kevin Wenzel who swam the 50 FR. He had a time of :24 seconds and had SMAC's third fastest 13-14 year old 50 FR.

Trinity Wenzel was the only SMAC swimmer to compete all three days of the meet. Friday, she earned a spot to swim in Finals of the 11-12 year old 200 yard Backstroke. She dropped four seconds and her time of 2:20 was good enough for an 18th place finish in the state, and was SMAC's fourth fastest 11-12 year old 200 BK. Both Trinity’s 50 and 100 Breststrokes over the weekend were the second fastest all time in SMAC's records while edging out 12 year old Vanessa Ly on both occasions. She dropped in nearly every event she swam, hitting a 1:06 time in her 100 BK, a 1:07 in her 100 IM, and a :34 in her 50 BR.

All we need now is more people! SMAC Coaches firmly believe that every team member is capable of getting to this level. Keep coming to practice. Keep working hard. Keep having fun. Next year, the goal is to have 10 athletes make the meet.

  • TOTAL TIME DROPPED: 35.7 seconds
  • Total Best Times: 13
  • Total Time Dropped this season: 4,202.43 Seconds
  • Total Best Times this season: 1,170

SMAC is a year round USA Swim Club located in Waynesville, NC. Established in 2000, SMAC has experienced success on many levels, and has represented our community at the local, regional, sectional, and national level competition. Their goal is to help young athletes in Western North Carolina be the best they can be in the pool and out. SMAC wants their athletes to enjoy the sport and excel at it regardless of the age. Through the sport of swimming, it is the mission of the team to help develop the athlete and person into the best they can be, in and out of the water.

For more information about SMAC please call Coach Charlie McCanless at 704.737.2333 or email