April 1, 2016
April 2016 Swimmers of the Month
These swimmers were chosen by our coaching staff on the basis of their attendance, attitude, effort and performance in the month of March. Congratulations, everyone!
Bronze Group: Madison Archer. Madison has had a great winter of improvement in her swimming. The biggest improvement has come in her self-confidence. She now believes in herself; there is no swim too long or stroke too hard to do. The only thing left to do is to teach her to fly, so she will finally master that dive!
Silver Group: Rachel Searwar. From the first day of this fall Rachel has been working hard and this spring it has really paid off with an outstanding Last Chance Meet where she had the biggest time drops on the team. Every day she comes ready to swim and if the boys are not paying attention she takes off in front of them and says "catch me if you can".
Gold Group: JC Gordon. Early in the season, we started making changes to JC’s strokes. Making changes to technique is difficult, especially when it takes some time for them to help a swimmer get faster! But JC stuck with it! He’s working to make the changes feel more comfortable and automatic. JC’s dedication to being the best swimmer he can be propelled him to finish the season as theY Regional 10 & U Boys' High Point Runner-Up and champ in the 500 free, 100 IM, and 200 Free. Congratulations, JC! We look forward to that dedication, determination and enthusiasm carry into long course season!
Varsity Group: Brandon Naylor. Brandon’s attendance at practice is consistent and excellent. His effort at practice is first-rate while still contributing to an enjoyable atmosphere for his lane mates. Recently Brandon has been working on his mental game during competition and has discovered that not only can he defeat self doubt to perform better in races, but also when necessary he can perform well despite self doubt—a very mature thought process for a teen athlete. Brandon finished up his short course season at Y Regionals where he dropped an average of 3.6 percent in seven events and scored 132 points towards LY’s 3rd place finish. As one of the leaders of the Varsity squad, Brandon shows us all how to get the job done while still having fun doing it. Thanks, Brandon, and congratulations!
National Group: Tanner Gage. Over the winter, Tanner suffered an injury that forced him to miss over a month of the season. When he got back in the pool, he got right back to work and came back stronger than ever to finish his season at the USRY meet in spectacular fashion. It was a fist-pumping weekend for Tanner as he dropped nearly 12 seconds in the 200 fly and reset his personal best in the 100 fly AGAIN this season, dropping it down to :56.92. He dropped over 4 seconds in the 200 IM and bested his time in the 50 free set just a few weeks ago. It is gratifying to see our athletes succeed, but even more so when they triumph over adversity with such optimism and determination as Tanner did this season. Congratulations, Tanner!