June 24, 2014
On June 21-22, SMRT hosted its annual Long Course Invitational at MLK, where 46 sunscreen-covered Marlins competed. Four of them—Matt Agostinelli, Kaitlyn Aquino, Eliza Ford, and Georgia Milligan—finished two days of competition with all best times.
13-year-old Agostinelli, who just last weekend earned the 13-14 boys Open Water State Champion title, began his weekend by dropping more than three seconds in the 100 free and moving up three spots to finish in fourth with a 1:03.33. A seven-second drop in the 200 IM followed, putting him in second with a 2:33.53. Another second-place finish came next in the 100 back (1:13.12), but the ribbons were all blue for the rest of the meet, as he topped the 1500 free (18:29.49), 400 free (4:37.64), 200 back (2:34.12), 100 fly (1:09.45), and 200 free (2:15.40).
Another Marlin with five firsts was 9-year-old Ryder Putnam (50 free, 50 back, 50 fly, 100 back, 100 free), who also got a second (50 breast) and a third (200 free). 14-year-old Justin Lawrence notched four firsts (100 free, 200 IM, 200 breast), a second (50 free) and two thirds (100 fly, 200 free), while 19-year-old Caty Hueske came very close to an all-blue meet, winning four out of her five events: the 100 free, 50 free, 200 back, and 200 free. Her second-place finish came in the 100 back, in which she touched behind National Team member Megan Kingsley by two tenths of a second. 12-year-old Emorie Thrasher won the 50 free, 50 back, and 100 back, and came in second in the 200 free, 100 free, and 200 IM, and 10-year-old XiaSha Robertson won both the 50 and 100 fly. Other first-place finishers were 9-year-old Rhett Andrews (200 IM), 10-year-old Hannah Grover (50 free), 17-year-old Ryan Laban (200 fly), 11-year-old Gavin Milligan (400 free), and 14-year-old Ethan Thrasher (50 free). 7-year-old Cecilia Ford was the highest-finishing 8 & under in the 50 free, 50 back, 100 breast, 200 free, and 100 back.
Several Marlins earned the coaches’ approval to swim the 400 free for the first time, including 11-year-old Eric Beaver, who finished in fourth with a 6:32.77, and 12-year-old Jameson Condon, who finished in sixth with a 6:41.02. Twin brother Mark had experience with the event, having swum it in April, and he dropped 20.19 seconds to finish in third with a 6:20.86. 11-year-old Julia Beebe finished in sixth with a 6:30.16, and her twin sister Katie wasn’t far behind, finishing in eighth with a 6:33.04. “The first time 400 swimmers did an amazing job!” said Coach Lindsey Olson. “They executed the race plan perfectly and their times showed that. We tell the kids, ‘Build, fast, strong, whatever you have left.’ What this will look like is a fast first 100 ... the second will be 3-5 seconds slower, the third will be 1-2 seconds faster, and the fourth will also show a couple-second time drop.” Coach Lindsey went on to say, “We were so pleased with the first-time (and second-time) 400 swimmers’ performances and are excited to see what they have in store for future races.” Another first was 16-year-old Ethan Madden's 1500 free; he finished in fifth with a 21:10.45. And braving the 50M pool in competition for the very first time were 12-year-old Ike Davis, 11-year-old Hallie Jenkins, and 15-year-old Abby Shirey.
Despite the relentless sun, it was a very successful meet, and the Marlins got more than 150 best times altogether. XiaSha Robertson dropped time in seven events, as did Cecilia Ford and Hannah Grover. Mark Condon, Gavin Milligan and 10-year-old Evan Thrasher dropped time in six, and Eric Beaver, 14-year-old Tyler Barrett, 11-year-old Logan Faust, 14-year-old Emma Greig, and 9-year-olds Zane Sechrest and Ryder Putnam dropped time in five. 8-year-old Chase Dillon and 14-year-old Karl Pless both went four for four on Saturday, their only day of competition. “The kids did a great job of executing their race plans this weekend,” commented Coach Lindsey. “I am so proud of how well they performed.”
If you spotted any errors or omissions, please email corrections to [email protected]. Please also email any pictures from the meet you’d like to share. Complete results will be posted online when they become available. Please note that many entry times were converted from short course times, so former best times used here may not match entry times.