May 4, 2016
Piranhas Go Fishing for Best Times at BASS Long Course Invitational
There was a slew of exciting swims in Richmond as we kicked off our long course season. That should be no surprise because clearly, the Piranha eats the BASS for lunch. Here are the highlights.
The National group started their season well in Richmond. Despite being in the middle of heavy training, they believed in their ability to beat last summer's time and that belief manifested itself in some solid performances.
Tanner Gage got his season off to hot start with new personal bests in the 200 fly, 400 IM, 50 breast, and 50 fly.
John Michael Gordon raced the clock and the best competition the meet had to offer on his way to new personal best times in the 200 fly and 200 free. He placed 1st in the 200 Free.
Brendan Murray swam 100% best times at the meet, with his largest percentage improvement coming in the 100 free, where he dropped almost three seconds to go 1:00.30.
Austin Orange continued his improvements from the short course season into long course, putting up new personal bests in the 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM, and swimming his first ever long course 400 IM.
Always an example of versatility, Daniel Pettyjohn threw down best times in the 100 breast, 200 IM, and 50 fly. He placed no lower than 5th in all of his events on the weekend.
Lexi Plogger had a good weekend, racing to new best times in the 100 breast, 100 fly, 200 breast, both IMs, and the 50 breast.
David Schafer made his LY and USA Swimming debut in style, swimming to victory in the 50 breast at 35.79.
Ashley Sennett feels no pain and earned the ironwoman award for the weekend, swimming the 1500, 400 IM & Free, 200s back, free and fly, plus the 100 free and fly. Not only did she swim them, but she did so in all personal best times.
Morgan Whitfield showed his promotion to the National group to be truly deserved with a perfect weekend, swimming to eight new personal bests, the most impressive of which was a 7-second drop in the 100 fly.
Varsity athletes performed impressively at the first long course meet of 2016. Whether using an actual long course time or a converted short course time from this past winter season, each swimmer dropped time in multiple events. Moreover, Varsity swimmers posted 5 long course Virginia Championship times and earned 3 long course Zone Championship times.
Ben Bauserman dropped time in every event he swam, including a 19 second improvement in the 400m free. He held onto his breaststroke technique (working on “hitting the line”) throughout his whole 200m breaststroke. Ben also picked up three BB times.
Never one to back down from a challenge, Joshua Bodine took on a full event schedule, racing everything from 50 sprints to the 1500m free. Joshua earned long course B times in the 100m free, 400m IM, 50m free, 100m breaststroke, and 200m IM. He finished up his meet by earning a BB time in the 1500m free.
Tara Enneking displayed her best butterfly technique to date in her 50m fly sprint. She also had a significant 12-second time drop in the 400m free and picked up the A time in that event. In the 100m breaststroke, Tara confirmed her Senior Championship qualifying time plus picked up a Zone qualifying time.
JT Lotz had significant swims in the 100m free, 400m IM, and 1500m free. He earned his first long course A times in the 100m free and 400m IM, and he qualified for Age Group Champs in the 1500m free.
Ask Daniel Murray about his favorite stroke, breaststroke, and his face lights up. But he’s not afraid to go for it in his other events. Daniel posted best times in backstroke, freestyle, and IM, but his most impressive swim was the 100m breast in which he bettered his Age Group Championship qualifying time and earned a Zone qualifying time.
This was Matthew Murray’s first meet as a Varsity swimmer. He dropped more than 50 seconds over the course of the meet. Matthew’s biggest time drop was in the 400m free where he pushed the penultimate 100 then brought it home strong for a 23-second improvement.
Connor Sauls confirmed his Age Group Championship qualifying time in the 200m IM. He closed out his meet by dropping 47 seconds in the 1500m free, bettering his Age Group time and earning a Zone qualifying time.
JC Gordon had a full weekend of events and dropped time in all of them, most notably his 50 Back where he dropped almost 13 seconds. JC also improved his 200 IM time despite the lights going out as he was swimming the breast stroke leg. After pausing to make sure it wasn’t lightning that caused the problem, JC kicked it into high gear and finished strong!
Lauren Mazur had never swum long course before this meet. Having just recently moved up from the Silver group, this was Lauren’s chance to see if she could hold her own in the big pool. Lauren not only swam well in the 50s, she rocked every event she swam including the 200 Free and 200 IM.
Jack Mills had great performances in his first long course meet. He had a full day of events on Saturday and raced to a fast finish of 1:26.64 in his 100 Fly and a strong 1:14.90 in his 100 Free. He focused on his technique for his 50 Breast and 50 Back and it showed in good times for those as well.
Megan Montgomery wanted her last meet as a 12 year old to be a great one and she succeeded. She finished strong in the 100 Free with a 1:11.67 and pushed herself by competing in both the 200 Free and 200 Back. She finished her 200 Back with a time of 2:58.30 and the 200 Free in 2:37.46.
Allie Sweeney decided to compete in her first long course meet and brought the power both days. Allie not only swam strong in the 50 Free, 50 Back and 50 Breast but she challenged herself and also swam the 100 Free and 100 Breast.
Jeremy Sweeney competed in his first long course meet this weekend. Jeremy swam a 39.08 in the 50 Free and 1:32.70 in the 100 Free. And despite not being a fan of distance swimming, Jeremy swam a strong 200 Free.
Brendan Whitfield had a successful weekend by improving in everything he swam. Most notably, Brendan dropped over 10 seconds in his 50 Fly and over 42 seconds in his 200 Back. He even pushed himself and competed in his first 100 Fly, finishing with a 1:32.25.
Joshua Sweeney competed in his first long course meet- and as an 8 year old, that’s an accomplishment in and of itself. Joshua was not intimidated by the big pool and raced every event strong. His 50 Free time of 54.11 was strong from start to finish.