Piranha Power in the Palmetto State!
Piranha Power in the Palmetto State!
We had a fantastic meet at the Upper Southeast YMCA Region Championship in Spartanburg, SC hosted by Y Spartaquatics.  We had 36 swimmers competing who dropped a total of 443 seconds!  Our boys' team finished in 3rd place out of 28 teams.  Jack Mills took the 10 & Under boys' high point award and Ashley Sennett & Casey Wrabley tied for the girls' high point title.
Here are the additional highlights by group.
Lauren Mazur qualified for this meet by focusing on her backstroke technique and she continued to improve that technique in her 100 Back and then drop almost a second in her 50 Back.
Max Schonfelder proved he is a force to be reckoned with by not only swimming well, but by having big time drops in 4 of his 5 events. Most notably dropping over 6 seconds in his 50 Back and over 4 seconds in his 50 Free for a season’s best 33.07.
Ryan Frasier put in strong performances, dropping 2 seconds in his 50 Back, almost 4 seconds in his 100 & 200 IMs and, most impressively, overcoming his dread of the 200 Free and swimming a fast 2:38.09, bettering his time by almost 5 seconds. His fast swims secured him a 3rd place finish in the 50 Free and 4th place in the 100 IM.
JC Gordon had a great meet sparring with his teammates to finish as the 10 & U Boys' High Point runner-up. With three 1st place finishes, four 2nd place finishes, along with a 3rd and a 4th place, JC had a very successful end to his short course season. He finished the 500 Free in 6:07.30 by dropping almost 5 seconds and continued to improve his 100 Breaststroke time by dropping 3 seconds.
Jack Mills surprised no one but himself when he walked away with the 10 & U Boys' High Point trophy! He compiled three 1st place finishes, four 2nd place finishes, and two 3rd place finishes to secure his spot at the top of his age group. Jack also dropped time in 8 out if his 9 events including 1.4 seconds off his 50 Fly and over 2 seconds in his 50 Back.
Megan Montgomery achieved her goal of swimming in this championship meet and succeeded in dropping time in 6 of the 7 events she swam. She was particularly happy with the almost 7 second drop in the 200 Free.
Matthew Murray had some great swims this weekend, both as an individual and as part of a relay. He dropped over a second in his 100 Breast and contributed a fast leg for the 13-14 400 Free Relay.
Kyle Sennett put up several good swims, racing to best times in the 100 IM, the 100 Back and the 500 Free, where he dropped almost 4 seconds and finished in 6:08.74.
Cameron St. Clair swam best times in 4 individual events including dropping almost 3 seconds in the 200 IM, 200 Free, and 100 IM. He placed 5th in the 11-12 500 Free and 9th in the 200 Back.
Brendan Whitfield improved his performance times in the 50 Back, 200 Free, and the 100 & 200 IMs. He shaved almost 2 seconds offboth his 50 Back time and his 100 IM time.
Varsity swimmers performed like fireworks in the night sky at the Y Regional Championships. The Varsity boys lit up the pool in the 400 IM, dropping a total of 64 seconds from their previous best times. The smaller squad of Varsity girls dropped over 25 seconds from their season best freestyle times. Other highlights include:
Colby Childress raced 4850 yards in competition over 3 days, swam finals in all his events, placed second in the 200 back, and shattered the 18 minute mark in the mile.
Ellie Eckert dropped six seconds in the 200 free, swam finals in 6 events, and scored 43 points for the team.
Gala Gonzalez dropped two seconds in her favorite event, the 100 fly.
JT Lotz swam finals in all his events, scored over 80 LY points, and broke the 11 minute mark in the 1000 free.
Daniel Murray dropped time in all of his events, scored points in six events, and placed second in the 200 breast.
Brandon Naylor made finals in all of his events, had 3 top five finishes, and dropped an astounding 29 seconds in the 400 IM.
Austin Orange took 3 seconds off his best time in his favorite event, the 100 breast, broke 54 seconds in the 100 free, and took 7 seconds off his second favorite event, the 200 breast.
Connor Sauls scored over 100 points for the team, chopped 3 seconds off his 200 fly, and broke the 5 minute mark in the 500.
Emmie Summy made finals in the 500 free, posted her season best time, and scored points for LY.
Morgan Whitfield scored in 3 events, took 4 seconds off his 200 back, and broke the 54 second mark in the 100 free.
Kelsey Childress swam to best times in 6 events, including a 2nd place finish in the 400 IM and an improvement of more than 5 seconds in the 200 fly.
Devin Creger won the men's 200 fly in a lifetime best 1:57.10.  In his final meet as a Piranha, he finished in the top 8 in six different events.
Carrington Erquiaga raced to best times in 4 events including a 3-second improvement over an excellent swim from the HS State meet in the 500 free.
Tanner Gage had the most mind-blowing swim of the meet from the National group when he dropped almost 12 seconds in the 200 fly to go 2:03.95 and place 7th. He improved in 5 different events by an average of over 3%.
JohnMichael Gordon dominated the 13-14 boys' age group in his final tune-up for Y Nationals, winning the 200 free, 100 fly, and 400 IM.  He also was the top qualifier in the 200 back, 100 free, and 200 IM at prelims.
Josh Hankey is also preparing for Y Nationals, but he picked up a new PR in the 100 breast on his trip to South Carolina.
Steven Mills concluded an excellent season that included a comback from a spinal fracture with several strong swims.   He finished 9th in both the 500 free and the 1650 in his first time competing in each event since his comeback.
Brendan Murray capped an amazing season new personal bests in 5 events, including a 27-second improvement in the 1000 free and a 15-second drop in the mile. He broke the 1-minute mark in the 100 back for the first time at 58.88 and was top-8 in two events at the meet.
Ethan Navarro is in the final weeks before his first trip to Y Nationals, and he raced well at the meet, finishing 2nd in the 200 IM and third in the 200 free, 100 fly, and 200 back.
Daniel Pettyjohn raced to 5 new personal best times, highlighted by a trio of 3-second drops in the 200 fly, 200 back, and 400 IM.  He finished in the top 8 in five different events.
Lexi Plogger sprinted to new personal bests in 5 different events.  Most notably, she improved by more than 6 seconds in the 400 IM and in the final session of the meet threw down a 54.98 in the 100 free to skip the 55s altogether and improve by 1.13 seconds.  She also broke the 2:00 mark in the 200 free for the first time at 1:59.62.
Alyssa Reed will make her Y Nationals debut in a few weeks, so this was her final tune-up.  She rose to the occasion with a 3rd place finish in the 400 IM.
Sutton Schonfelder re-set his personal best times in 5 events over the weekend.  His 200 fly was almost a 4-second improvement over his previous best, and his 4:31.05 in the 400 IM was good for a best time by more than three seconds.
Ashley Sennett set new best times in 6 events, including a 12-second improvement in the 1,000 free to break the 11-minute mark at 10:51.19.  She also dropped nearly 20 seconds in the 1,650 free, and nearly 8 seconds in her new favorite event, the 200 fly.  She had 5 top-8 finishes and tied with Casey Wrabley for the senior girls' high point award.
Madison Sitton raced to a new best time in the 100 back and finished a strong 8th in the 1650 free.
Casey Wrabley raced to new lifetime best times in the 400 IM and the 500 free.  She had six top-10 finishes was awarded the Senior girls' high point award in a tie with teammate Ashley Sennett.