August 11, 2014
Hello all PCAC Families,
We would like to congratulate all the PCAC swimmers who represented our team during the long course championship season! Below you will find a recap of MA Senior Champs, MA Junior Olympics, Junior Nationals and Eastern Zones.
Enjoy the rest of summer!
PCAC Coaching Staff
Middle Atlantic Senior Championships
Below are some highlights for all of our swimmers who attended SR champs. This was the fastest long course SR champs meet ever for both the men and women and we are very proud of our swimmer’s performance!
Sam Grossi attended day one of SR champs to swim the 100 back and 100 fly. His goal was to get in more swims before focusing mainly on Junior Olympics. Sam’s times stayed consistent which is wonderful because he is getting experience at Senior meets.
Jack Mahoney swam an amazing meet at SR champs. He swam personal best times in all of his events including the 50 free, 100 free, 100 breast, 400 free relay and 400 medley relay. He also finaled in both the 50 and 100 free. His 50 free was extraordinarily fast at 24.27 just .18 off the Junior National cut which will be his main focus for next season. Jack has qualified as a Scholastic All American.
Sam Montenegro swam 200 back, 50 free and 200 IM on the last day of the meet. He swam best times in both the 50 free and the 200 IM. His 200 back was a consistent swim and allowed him more practice for his upcoming Zones meet which he will be fully tapered and rested to swim.
Colin Reilly came to SR champs with big goals and left with personal best times in the 100 free, 400 free, 100 breast, 200 free, 50 free and 200 IM. Although all of his races were impressive, the highlight of the meet was how well he swam the 400 free. When he joined PCAC, he thought of himself as a sprinter. He has improved tremendously and is becoming an all-around success.
Max Roling attended the last day of the meet to swim the 50 free, 200 IM and 1500 free. Ironically enough, he had outstanding swims in both the shortest (50 free) and the longest (1500 free) events of the meet. His 1500 was his major focus of the day. He set and met his goal of qualifying for the Eastern Zones meet.
Reece Whitley had a great showing at SR champs swimming best times in the 50 free, 200 IM, and 400 IM. His swims in 100& 200 breast, also broke 2 National Age Group records (NAG). He broke the 100 breast in 1:03.82 and broke his own 200 breast NAG swimming a 2:16.48 at finals. With those swims he became the MA Senior Championships LC 100 & 200 BR Champion.
Ross Wood was extremely steady and consistent with his performances at SR champs. He swam personal best times in the following events: 100 free, 400 free, 100 breast, 200 free, 200 free, 200 IM and 400 free relay. He has big goals going into his senior year at Penn Charter and we are excited to see what the season brings. Ross also swam an all-time best 100 free time in 47.50 at his summer champs.
Francis Garvey joined our Senior group for the summer and fit in well with his training group. He swims with the fly lane on prime day proving to be helpful in both his 100 and 200 fly races. Francis also showed great improvements in his sprint free which shined through in his 50 and 100 free events He ended SR champs with all personal best times in the 100 fly, 200 fly, 100 free, 50 free, and 200 IM.
Ray Sellers also joined our Senior group for the summer. He worked on improving his stroke technique and became a strong trainer throughout the season. Ray had numerous great swims at this meet. His standout swims were the 100 fly, 50 free dropping over 1 second and 100 free dropping over 2 seconds. Breaking 5:00 in the 400 IM was the most exciting race of the long weekend.
Middle Atlantic Junior Olympics
Mia Abruzzo had an outstanding meet with numerous personal best times. On her off year as an 11 year she still qualified for finals in all of her events. Out of all of her best times, top finishes and new team records, her most superior race of the long weekend was her 200 fly. Mia swam 2:33.85 in prelims then come back at night to become the Junior Olympic Champion in the 200 fly in 2:31.66. She was also the backstroker in the winning 400 Medley Relay!
Sally Foley finished top ten in several events including the 50 breast, 100 breast, 200 free relay, 200 medley relay, 400 free relay and 400 medley relay. Her most amazing swim of the meet may have arguably been the 400 IM when she swam an excellent race and dropped 19.83 seconds! Sally swam her last meet in a PCAC cap at this summer’s JOs. She is moving to France for 2 years and although we will miss her dearly, we know she will have a wonderful experience and will rejoin the team when she returns. We wish her and her family the best of luck.
Timmy Grossi ended up qualifying for the 50 free, 50 fly, 200 IM, 200 free, 100 fly and 100 back after just sneaking into the 100 fly this past winter. He was also a part of the 200 free & 200 medley relay teams placing PCAC 5th and 4th respectively. We are extremely excited with Timmy’s progress and dedication to his training which helped him achieve his first ever Zones qualifying time!
Sam Grossi swam an impressive 100 back and 50 free at JOs. He swam a 1:07.82 in 100 back at finals and also met his goal of breaking the 27.00 barrier in the 50 free which he did at finals on Sunday night. He was the flyer in the 200 Medley Relay team who won the event, finishing with a new MA Junior Olympics meet record!
Eli Kofman joined our team in the spring and has since met many of his personal goals. He dtopped a ton of time in the 200 IM (6 second drop), 200 breast (10.4 second drop), 100 breast (3.1 second drop). Eli qualified for finals in both the 100 & 200 breast at his first prelims/finals meet ever since aging up from the 10&Under age group. We look forward to his continued progress in training and racing.
Simeon Kofman joined PCAC in the spring and has been a great addition. At JOs he swam all personal best times. His standout swims include the 100 fly 1:06.99, 800 free with a 5 second drop and 100 breast dropping 1 second in the morning then another 1.4 seconds at finals. Simeon is a wonderful teammate and shows tremendous promise moving forward through his high school career.
Gabriella Lopez-Ona is one of our extremely strong flyers. She swam best times in the 100 & 200 fly and finished 4th & 7th respectively. She is also beginning to emerge as a freestyler finishing 10th in the 400 free dropping 8.9 seconds and 11th in the 200 free dropping 2 seconds. She was a part of the winning 400 Medley Relay swimming fly in a personal best split!
Marissa Lopez-Ona is a true power house breaststroker. She finished top 5 in all of the breaststroke events including 50, 100, and 200 breast. She is a talented IMer as well placing 7th in the 200 IM. She truly has an even stronger 400 IM in her future. Marissa was the breaststroker on the winning 400 Medley Relay team at JOs!
Claudia Lopez-Ona qualified for the 50 breaststroke. She has fought back from continued injuries throughout the season and continues to show promise as a young and upcoming breaststroker. We look forward to having her healthy and watching her progress.
Maia McAllister has made immense strides within her training and is a true up and comer within PCAC and Middle Atlantic. On her down year she was able to not only qualify for eight events but final in the 200 fly dropping 3.7 seconds placing 14th overall. Maia also shows a ton of promise in freestyle ranging from sprint to distance and we are excited to see how she develops.
Isabel Mehta is constantly improving in all of her strokes and distances, but continues to shine as a backstroker finaling in the 50 back and swimming another personal best in the 200 back. With a minor shoulder issue, she swam in limited events at JOs and was able to be there for her teammates in the 200 & 400 free relays as well as the 200 & 400 medley relays all of which placed in the top 10.
Colin Reilly had a great SR champs and came to JOs to focus on his “off” events. He was working on his weaker backstroke events and ended up dropping a ton of time and qualifying for finals. On the side of his stronger events, Colin was the Junior Olympics Champion in the 100 free, and swam free in the winning 200 medley relay which set a new MA Junior Olympics meet record!
Sophie Roling swam personal best times in the 400 IM and 800 free. She also finaled in the 200 fly which continues to be one of her best events aside from distance freestyle where she really stands out. Sophie will continue to focus on middle distance and distance events this season, and is determined to work towards some big time drops like she did this past winter.
Simon Roling has had a phenomenal year and remains determined to reach for monster goals. At long course JOs he had best times in 50 fly, 200 free (dropping over 3 seconds), 100 back and 400 free. He was also part of the relay teams who swam the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay placing 4th and 5th respectively. Simon is eager to improve his strokes and drop his race times.
Marissa Shaffer was thrilled to qualify for the 50 fly, 100 fly, 100 back and 200 free and has set goals to qualify for more this winter. She’s growing as a swimmer and has truly transformed over the last season. She’s a wonderful, caring teammate and is becoming a team leader among our younger swimmers.
Sabrina Shaffer swam some marvelous races at JOs this summer. She really exploded in the 400 IM dropping 6.2 seconds to place her 2nd overall among an exceptionally strong field. She also placed 4th in the 800 free (10:02.77), and 7th in the 400 free (4:51.62). Sabrina was the freestyler in the winning 400 Medley Relay!
Schuyler Sices aged up to the 13-14 age group this summer which is quite a jump as far as time standards are concerned. He still had two excellent swims in the 400 IM and 200 backstroke dropping 6.9 and 2.7 seconds respectively. He shows a lot of promise in IMs, backstroke and distance free. Sky was also the backstroker in the winning 200 Medley Relay which broke the MA Junior Olympics meet record!
Alex Sleptsov had some amazing fly and free races at JOs, swimming personal best times in 50 fly, 100 fly, 200 free, and 400 free. He was also part of the 200 medley & 200 free relays placing 4th & 5th respectively. Alex is still 9 years old and has another full year as a 10&Under which should make for two exciting seasons for him. Alex also swam his first ever Zones qualifying times this summer!
Camille Weiss swam some particularly impressive races at JOs this long course season. She was out for a significant amount of time with a concussion and was unable to train. When she rejoined her teammates for practice this summer, she was right back in the swing of things and finished up with a strong showing at JOs in all of her many events.
Reece Whitley came to JOs to get ready for Junior Nationals and try to improve his times in some of his weaker events. He improved in both the 400 & 800 free races. Reece was also part of the 200 free relay which placed 2nd and the winning 200 Medley Relay which broke the MA Junior Olympics meet record!
Gabbi Williams swam the 100 fly at long course JOs. She shows potential in becoming a swimmer who can really take advantage of her walls and underwater which willbe a significant focus for this upcoming short course season.
Darien Williams had significant time drops in the 100 free, 200 free and 100 backstroke. At age 9, he will have another full year of competition in the 10&Under age group. He wants to qualify for more JO events as well as strive for some Zones cuts next summer. Darien was part of the 200 medley and 200 free relays putting PCAC at the top with 4th &5th place finishes!
Junior National Championships
Reece Whitley attended his first Junior Nationals meet in Irvine, CA. It was a wonderful experience and he learned a great deal about racing swimmers who are on another level. He held his own winning the B final of the 100 breast and doing so with a new NAG record of 1:03.23! He was on the big stage for the 200 breast placing 7th putting him in the A final at night. He really turned it on the last 100 racing down half the heat and placing 3rd overall. Congratulations to Reece and thank you from us both for the support from the team coming via text, email, twitter and instagram!
Eastern Zone Championships
Gabriella Lopez-Ona’s stand out swims were clearly her 400 free dropping another 4 seconds and 200 fly going a 2:31.23 for over a 7 second drop! Marissa Lopez-Ona had a consistent meet in her four events while Isabel Mehta was right on her best times in the 50 & 100 back. Maia McAllister swam a best time in her 50 freestyle at Zones. Sam Montenegro had an exceptional 200 back dropping 2 seconds at the meet. Max Roling dropped a total of 9 seconds in his 3 individual events. Sabrina Shaffer dropped some additional tenths at the meet and was chosen for 3 MA relay teams. Timmy Grossi had a time improvement in the 100 fly, and Alex Sleptsov swam the 50 fly at his first ever Zones meet. Congratulations to all of our PCAC swimmers who qualified and attended Middle Atlantic Eastern Zones!