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St. Pius X Golden Lions
Bentz Makes National Junior Team
August 16th, 2011
Congratulations to sophomore Gunnar Bentz on his recent success in California at the Senior and Junior National Swim Meets. The first week of August, Gunnar competed against the top swimmers in the nation, including many Olympians. Gunnar met his goal of making finals and qualifying for the National Junior Team.
In the 200m breast stroke, Gunnar took second place, breaking the Georgia state record for boys ages 15-16. He placed third in the 400 IM and came in first in the 200 IM, breaking state records in both events. At the meets, Gunnar broke a total of four Georgia state records, also excelling in other events.
Within the National Junior Team, there are two levels of winners, first, the top six and second, the top two competitors in any event. Within these groups, the top six winners will move on to participate in meets in Germany, while the top two will compete in Germany and Lima, Peru. While Gunnar made both levels, he unfortunately is three days too young to be eligible to participate in Peru.
Among these many achievements, Gunnar also received the Male High Point Award. This award is presented to the most valuable male swimmer once points are combined.
The award is a great acknowledgment of his personal success and that of his team, Dynamo Swim Club, who went on to win the Junior National Meet.
Congratulations to Gunnar on these incredible achievements and we wish him continued success in his swim career!