February 14, 2014
Strong Osprey Performance at Morgan Hill CBA+, Feb. 8th and 9th 2014
Under rainy gray skies this past weekend, the Osprey swam well and several swimmers in particular stood out. Four swimmers earned Gold Stars for improving times in every event. There were 2 new JO times, innumerable new A times, a team record and a standout swim that ranks first in the nation for 9 year old boys.
Claire Carlson got her first JO times in the 50 free 31.86 and 50 back 38.02 on her way to earning a Gold Star with 8 improved times. Jack Eckstrom got a new A time in the 50 free with a 29.75 en route to a Gold Star of his own, going 8 for 8 on improved times. Lorna Haworth got her 1st Gold Star of the year improving all 6 of her events, (to earn a Gold Star there must be a minimum of 6 events swum over 2 days). “Comeback Cole” Vaughn Hulbert, on the mend from a serious laceration to his wrist that kept him out of the water for well over a month celebrated his return to competition with 4 new A times and a Gold Star for improving all 8 events. Anthony Sebastian dropped a whopping 2.12 seconds from his already fast 100 breast time to not only win the event, but post a 1:17.66 that has him ranked first in the USA for nine year olds! Also noteworthy was the swim posted by Addison Newnan in the 25 free. Addison went a 14.87 to break the team record for 8 and Under boys and rank 4th in Pacific Swimming and earn the PRT (Pacific Reportable Time).
Congratulations are due on such standout performances! Congratulations to the entire team of Osprey swimmers that braved the dreary weather and showed so much in the way of improvements and competitive development. It must always be remembered that fast swims are the product of commitment, focus, and effective work over time. When our athletes put in the time and the work, it’s not a question of if but when they will be fast. Many of our swimmers competed well and learned important lessons that will serve them going forward as they make improvements in their training and racing going into the upcoming taper meets this spring.