March 25, 2010
2010 Senior Sectional Championships
Close to 1,000
swimmers from the Western United States (minus
Danielle Deiparine, Christie Melby, Kyle Moline, Lily Morris, and Steve Sholdra had 100 % Best Times.
Top 32 finishers were Ian Fisk (26th 200 Free), Ethan Hallowell (9th 100 Free, 9th 200 Free, 13th 100 Fly, 6th 50 Free), Meghan O’Keefe (18th 200 Fly), Lily Morris (29th 50 Free), Steve Sholdra (20th 1000 Free, 19th 1650 Free), Paolo Stanchi (27th 200 Back, 28th 400 IM, 30th 200 IM), Andy Wingerson (31st 100 Breast, 24th 200 IM).
NCSA JR National Qualifiers – Ian Fisk (200 Free), Lil Morris (100 Back, 100 Fly, 50 Free), Meghan O’Keefe (200 Fly), Steve Sholdra (1000 Free), Paolo Stanchi (200 Back, 400 IM). Summer Junior National Qualifier – Ethan Hallowell (100 Free, 200 Free, 100 Back, 50 Free).
And congratulations to the Boys who finished 16th out the 155 entered team.
Like a lot of championship meets there were ups and downs. There were some real nice breakthroughs, and some races that didn’t go as planned. And even though we came away with 70% lifetime best swims (which is really high) there was a kind of disappointment in the final results. Prior to meet the Seniors had been having a tremendous year, so expectations and confidence were high. But as things didn’t go perfectly, or as well as we had hoped, we were left wanting.
There is a quote I love from Thomas Edison, “Show me a content man, and I’ll show you a failure”. Speaking with the swimmers, their reactions differed but the common theme is that they were unsatisfied, still very hungry and they want to improve upon their good results. I couldn’t be prouder of their perseverance, and it inspires me to a better job and put them in a place to achieve the successes they’ve set out to attain. Good is the enemy. Training good and racing good will not get you great.