December 18, 2015
Fast Swims at the HOKI Meet
We had a spectacular meet at the H2Okie Swim and Tri Winter Championships, dropping 1,015 total seconds as a team!! That is almost 17 minutes!!!
Here are the individual highlights by group:
Anna Mills nailed her stroke count into her flip turns on the 100 back and dropped 10 seconds. She also had the biggest single improvement in the whole meet when she improved by over 70 seconds in her 100 breast (that’s more than 35%)!
Savannah Bauserman brought her A game on Saturday and showed how hard she’s been working in practice. Savannah dropped almost 4 seconds as she swam a 42.47 in her 50 Back. And an impressive 1:46.46 in her 100 Breast stroke was an improvement of 7 seconds!
Ryan Frasier kept his free strokes long and raced to fast finish in his 200 IM for a 6 second time drop. Lauren Mazur lost her goggles on her dive in the 100 free, but she powered through to a best time anyway.
Patrick Crowder decided he was ready to swam his first 500 Free and his first 200 IM and did well in both. He swam just as well in his 50 Free where he dropped 3 seconds and clocked a 27.87. He finished his 100 Back in 1:17.18 by dropping almost 4 seconds.
JC Gordon always wants to swim fast and that’s hard to do when his coach is trying to change his strokes! But bit by bit his breast stroke is getting more powerful, his backstroke is getting longer, and his fly is getting smoother. Put together JC swam a great 100 IM in 1:16.98, dropping over 4 seconds from his previous time. He also chopped a second off his 50 Free.
Jack Mills had another solid meet performance dropping time in his 100 Free, 200 IM, 100 IM, and 50 Fly. In addition to improving on past performances, Jack swam his first 500 Free…and liked it!
Megan Montgomery continues to compete as she’s rehabbing her shoulder. And while not pushing herself for best times, she has been focusing on improving her technique and keeping her times close to her best. She’s making great progress with the goal of pain free, fast swimming in the spring.
Matthew Murray had frustratingly good swims this weekend. Frustrating because his goals were only a few tenths of a second away. Matthew a missed wall in his 500 Free and finished at 6:00.64. He swam his fastest 100 Free in a relay and was hoping to duplicate it the following day by swimming under 1:00 but he swam 1:00.64. So .64 will not be popping up in January!
Evan Schonfelder showed improvement across the board at this meet by dropping time in every event including 5 seconds in his 100 Back and 100 IM and 7 seconds in his 100 Free. In addition to those improvements, Evan swam his first 500 Free.
Kyle Sennett put up several good swims where he dropped time. But not being one to rest on his laurels, Kyle pushed himself again this meet by competing in his first official 200 Fly! He finished in 3:07.34 and was not DQ’d! And not only did he swim that event, he swam it after swimming an impressive 6:12 500 Free.
Cameron St. Clair pushed himself out of his comfort zone this meet and was rewarded with a season best 6:06.24 in his 500 Free. He also continues to improve his breast stroke technique which resulted in a time drop in his 50 Breast and over 3 seconds dropped in his 200 IM.
Sydney Walker is getting the hang of these swim meets! She dropped time in 5 of the events she swam and added a new time to beat by swimming her first 200 back in 2:46.65.
Brendan Whitfield decided he needed to find out what all the fuss was about and scored himself a trip to the FINALS- 3 nights in a row! And he was able to shave time off in three events there- 100 Fly Prelims 1:23.24 Finals 1:19.77; 50 Back Prelims 35.14 Finals 34.96; and 100 IM Prelims 1:16.85 Finals 1:16.69.
Ben Bauserman, Gala Gonzalez, and Connor Sauls dropped time in every event they swam.
Joshua Bodine’s improved freestyle form helped him whack 5 seconds off his 200 free.
Colby Childress smashed the 2 minute mark in his 200 free.
Ellie Eckert used her fast stroke tempo to snag an A time in the 100 free.
Tara Enneking made finals in the 200 IM and 200 breast, and did lifetime personal bests in both events.
Brian Grimmett’s speed work in practice paid off with a second drop in his 50 free.
Working on her walls in practice helped Katie Jones take off 3 seconds in her 200 IM.
JT Lotz’s breakout technique helped him pick up a Y Regional cut in the 50 free.
Daniel Murray smashed the 5 minute mark in the 400 IM and picked up a Y Regional cut in
Excellent attendance at practice helped Brandon Naylor drop big chunks of time in all his 200 events.
While still recovering from a febrile virus, Austin Orange was able to post respectable times in his sprint events.
Morgan Whitfield and Chandler St. Clair’s bold efforts in their first-ever 1650s earned them Y Regional qualifying times.
Continued work on her breaststroke technique helped Emmie Summy post best times in the 200 IM and 100 breast.
JohnMichael Gordon swam 100% best times, won four events and placed 2nd in four more. In the 200 back and 400 IM, he achieved first-time YMCA National cuts. His 200 backstroke time of 1:55.03 broke the old team record of 1:56.99 held by Caleb Williams from 2009.
Sutton Schonfelder swam 100% best times (all 13 swims including prelims and finals!) and dropped huge time across the board.
Devin Creger went 100% best times for the meet, including 2nd place finishes in the 1650 and 400IM and 3rd place finishes in the 500 free and 200 fly.
Brendan Murray swam 100% best times (all 13 swims in 9 events!) and delivered a huge 26-second improvement in the 1650 and nearly 13 seconds in the 400 IM.
Ethan Navarro showed off his versatility as he swept to victory in the 500 free, 400 IM, 200 free, 200 fly, and 200 IM. That 200 IM was his 19th race of the weekend and improved upon his personal best by nearly 3 seconds while utterly dominating the second half of the race.
Ashley Sennett delivered 9 best times in 10 events including breaking the 2-minute mark in the 200 free (1:57.98) and a nearly 9-second drop in the 500 free
Alyssa Reed dropped an impressive 6 seconds in the 200 fly to win the event and also broke the 2-minute mark in the 200 free for the first time at 1:55.95.
Anna Meinke brought her comeback up to full steam by swimming 5 best times including breaking a minute for the first time in the 100 back at 59.79.
Carrington Erquiaga has been working hard on her breaststroke all season, and it paid off with big drops in the 100, 200, and both IMs.
Casey Wrabley crushed the end of her 500 free to show off a great finishing kick and post a new personal best.
Kelsey Childress threw down a stunning :59.96 to win a 100 fly swim-off (a nearly 4-second improvement) and raced to her best 100 breast at 1:10.17.
Lexi Plogger dropped time in every breaststroke and freestyle event she swam, including a bold 1:08.47 100 breaststroke.
Madison Sitton busted into the 27s with her 27.99 50 free and also downed her best times in the 100 fly and 100 back.
Makenzie Chenault shed almost 10 seconds in her 200 fly and more than 5 in her 200 free!
Daniel Pettyjohn swam 7 best times on the weekend, including his first time ever swimming the 1650 free, where he split it like a pro.
Josh Hankey raced to 4 best times at the meet, delivering his best swim in his last race, the 200 IM. He improved his time in that race by nearly 3 seconds.