Four years ago, Amanda Weir spent her summer swimming in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. Eric Shanteau will do the same this summer in the Beijing Games.
In many summers past, both were making a splash in the Gwinnett County Swim League.
While it may be too soon to proclaim any current league swimmer as successors to Weir and Shanteau, some began to make their marks by breaking league records set by the two Olympians at 2008 GCSL Championship Meet last Sunday at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.
Rachael Dudley of Chateau Elan shattered the record Weir set eight years ago in the 13-14 Girls 50-yard butterfly with her winning time of 26.97 seconds, while Andrew Ruffing of Evergreen Lakes won the 15-18 Boys 50 backstroke to break Shanteau's 7-year-old record in that event.
In all, nine new individual records - including three in the Girls 9-10 age group by Haley McInerny of the Maple Ridge Manta Rays - as well as four new relay records were set in the meet.
Those new relay marks - along with a strong performance by the Boys and Girls 11-12 age groups on Sunday - helped the Gwin Oaks Raiders capture their third straight league title with 1,972.50 points.
The Raiders outdistanced runner-up Chateau Elan's total of 1,759.50 points. The Thunderbolts team was third with 1,474, with Morning View (1,030.50) and Evergreen Lakes (1,027.50) rounding out the top five.
"It was very exciting," Raiders coach Kim Hurst said. "I don't think you get tired of it. I wasn't sure we were going to pull it out this year.
"We were a couple of hundred points behind after Saturday, but our 11-12 group really came through for us on Sunday afternoon."
Gwin Oaks also got a huge boost from its record-setting 15-18 boys and girls relay teams.
The foursome of Jana Mangimelli, Haley Holcombe, Kaitlyn Lohr and Aileen Cole combined to set two new meet relay records in the girls 15-18 division, winning the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:37.87 and the medley relay in a time of 1:49.14.
Meanwhile, a pair of boys 15-18 teams also set new records. Zach Lopez, Matthew Jackson, Thomas King and Stephen Swan combined to set a new mark in the 200 free relay in 1:26.89. And Swan, Lopez, King and Mark Dunn recorded in a new standard in the 200 medley relay in 1:37.60. Swan also set a new individual record in the boys 15-18 100 freestyle.
"They knew going into the meet they had a shot at (the records)," Hurst said. "They knew each and every one of them had to give 110 percent. They were psyched up and ready to go."
Other record-setting performances for the meet were turned in by Maddie Wrolson of Hamilton Mill (girls 11-12 50 butterfly), Allison Carr of the Rivermoore Park Rip Tide (girls 13-14 50 breaststroke) and Doug Reynolds of Summit Chase Country Club (boys 15-18 50 butterfly).
In all, more than 6,000 swimmers representing 46 teams took part in this year's meet.