The Panama City Swim Team loaned out their home turf this weekend to Coast Aquatics, who hosted their annual Long Course Invitational at the Frank Brown Aquatic Center. Over 500 swimmers, including close to 100 of PCST's own, took to the water for day one of the two day meet, which is one of the final long course meets before the Long Court Championships in Knoxville in July.
Two familiar faces suited up for PCST, as Mosley senior Jonathan Ratliff, who will swim at Florida State next year, and Michael Duderstadt, who just wrapped up a stellar freshman campaign at Auburn, both hit the pool.
Duder, who won two individual gold medals in his Senior year at Mosley High School, won an SEC Championship in the 400 Medlay Relay as a Tiger this year, and finished 3rd at the NCAA Championships in the 200 Medlay Relay.
Duder was back in town visiting family this weekend when he decided to enter the meet, and said it's good to swim with his old team again, and of all his accomplishments at Auburn, the two time All American saying he had a ton of fun swimming fast with a great team behind him.
"There's definitely some things that turned out to be easy that I thought would be really hard, some things I thought were hard that turned out to be easier, but I think it was just a big learning experience," he said Saturday. "There's a lot I learned about myself, the team, racing. There's a lot to be learned from to carry on to my Sophomore year. Just taking it one step at a time."
Duder will take another step come August, as he competes at Nationals with his Auburn teammates.