Results from 2020 AWL Short Course Swim Invitationals in Georgia
Congratulations to all who competed in the 2020 AWL Short Course Invitationals!
The inaugural meet was held February 23rd at the Johnson Park Recreation Center outside of Atlanta. Co-hosted by the Rockdale Riptides and Nautical Milers Swim Teams in partnership with Rockdale County Recreation and Maintenance, a total of 58 swimmers competed representing 14 teams from 6 US Swimming LSCs including: Southeastern Swimming, Wisconsin Swimming, Maryland Swimming, GA Swimming, Florida Swimming and Florida Gold Coast.
An inclusive meet for athletes with intellectual, physical and visual impairments
Sanctioned by Athletes Without Limits, the event offered multiple eligibility groups for swimmers with intellectual impairment as well as Paralympic and open classes for those with physical, visual or other impairments including:
• Intellectual Disability (Virtus II1/Para S14 Class)
• Down’s Syndrome (Virtus II2)
• High Functioning Autism (Virtus II3)
• Developmental Disabilities (AWL DD+)
• Physical Impairment (Para S1-S10)
• Visual impairments (Para S11-S13)
• Open divisions for intellectual, physical or visual impairment: (Open-I, Open-P, Open-V)
A wide range of events including Pentathlon
Athletes were offered a full range of stroke disciplines and distances including a unique event — an optional Pentathlon — open to athletes who completed five events in one of the categories below:
• Super Sprint: 25 of each stroke + 100 IM
• Sprint: 50 of each stroke + 100 IM
• Middle Distance: 100 of each stroke + 200 IM
• Iron Man: 200 of each stroke + 400 IM
• Freestyle Pentathlon: 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1650 freestyle events (from sprint to mile)
Download the official meet results below
Medals were awarded by gender within each disability class including separate awards for youth 17 and under. Swimmers can download a pdf copy of the official Hy-Tek Meet Manager results using the links below. Photos and videos from the event will be posted to the AWL Facebook and Nautical Milers Facebook pages (with help from volunteer photographer Julie Beem).
Thanks to All
We’d like to thank all the Families, Officials, Volunteers, Nautical Milers, Rockdale Riptides and Rockdale County Staff, as well as the GA Swimming LSC Disability Chair for supporting the athletes and meet; and the USMS/GA Masters and USA-Swimming GA Swimming boards for helping publicize the event.
Special thanks to Meet Directors Pat Thoreson and Tom McPike for their hard work to make the meet possible and successful — and for their dedication to promoting inclusion in swimming in Georgia and beyond.
Finally, we thank the athletes for their “no limits” attitude and equal display of swim talent and sportsmanship — we look forward to seeing you again at Athletes Without Limits, Virtus and other para-swimming events!
Athletes Without Limits is the US Member of Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport (formerly called Inas) and is a national nonprofit helping athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities reach their highest potential in sport and life. Learn more at athleteswithoutlimits.org