February 28, 2016
Piranhas Excel at SW District/Blue Ridge Region Meet
We sent 25 swimmers to Christiansburg for the Southwest District & Blue Ridge Region Championships. It was a highly competitive meet with many swimmers exceeding the J.O. and Senior Champs time standards that capped the entries. Here are the individual highlights for our swimmers.
Lauren Mazur works very hard in practice and it shows every time she competes. A small reminder to accelerate in and out of her turns led to her dropping almost 4 seconds in her 100 back, qualifying her for the Regional meet. She applied this same tactic to her freestyle and dropped an impressive 56 seconds in her 500 Free to finish in 7:48.93.
Matthew Murray swam well and dropped time in almost every event he swam in his pursuit of a Regional qualifying time. He achieved that goal by finishing his 100 Breast in a time of 1:18.50. Matthew also showed his determination by pushing himself in the 1000 Free, dropping almost 10 seconds and finishing in 12:24.68.
Evan Schonfelder was able to push through a little disappointment in his early swims to drop time in his 50 Fly for a season best 38.79. He also rallied in the 50 Free to finish with a 30.88.
Kyle Sennett had some great swims reaching the finals in 5 events. He not only got another Y Regions cut but succeeded in dropping 13 seconds in his 200 IM. Kyle’s backstroke was his strongest stroke this weekend with time drops in the 50, 100, and 200 events.
Cameron St. Clair decided that just breaking 6:00 in the 500 Free was not challenging enough so he set his sights on a new goal of 5:48. He came within 2 seconds of that by finishing in an impressive 5:50.84 and chopping almost 11 seconds off his previously best time. In addition to that, Cameron decided it was time to break the 30 second mark in his 50 Free and swam 29.42.
Brendan Whitfield continued to improve by dropping time in almost every event he swam and making it to finals in 5 events. He dropped over 9 seconds in his 200 Back, finishing in 2:36.02 and by dropping over 6 seconds in his 100 Breast he achieved a season best 1:28.26. In the finals of his 100 Fly he dropped almost 4 seconds to finish with a 1:15.87.
At the Blue Ridge Region Southwest District meet, Varsity swimmers picked up fourteen new Y Regional Championship qualifying times! Additionally, the Varsity squad’s butterfly technical drills and speed work in practice paid off big with time drops in 100% of their butterfly events! Individual highlights include:
Joshua Bodine dropped in every event he swam including a slick 10 second time drop in the finals of the 200 fly.
Francisca Cifuentes proved she can both sprint and endure by posting best times in the 50 free and the500 free.
Matthew Davidson represented LY in style with a first place finish in the 13-14 boys 100 free.
Ellie Eckert tore the water apart with her 30 second time drop in the 400 IM.
Tara Enneking dropped in all her events including breaking the 6 minute mark in the 500 free for the first time.
Gala Gonzalez tackled her nemesis, distance freestyle, and took 5 seconds off her 500 free.
Brian Grimmett dropped time in all his sprint events, plus he made it back to finals in the 200 IM and dropped some more time.
Katie Jones picked up another best time in the 200 breast, and she helped the 13-and-Over girls free relay score points for LY.
JT Lotz dropped in every event he swam and medaled in two of them.
Daniel Murray showed us how to get it done with a 19 second time drop and a first place finish in the 1000 free.
Austin Orange dropped time in every event he swam and picked up four new Y Regional qualifying times.
Connor Sauls posted PR’s every time he swam, both prelims and finals, and picked up valuable race experience heading into the Y Regional Championship meet.
Chandler St. Clair has improved his backstroke kick technique, and it paid off in the 100 and 200 back. He dropped time in both events and made finals in both events.
With her superior relay starts, Emmie Summy helped both of the 13-and-Over girls relays score points for LY.
Morgan Whitfield dropped 13 seconds over the course of the meet with his biggest swim being the 100 fly in which he chopped off 3 seconds.
Daniel Pettyjohn had an excellent meet, racing to best times in 5 of his 6 events, including event wins in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, where he dropped 4 and 9 seconds, respectively.
Congrats to all of these swimmers on their excellent swims and THANK YOU to all parent volunteers to helped out at the meet!!!