Piranhas Open the Season in Style

Piranhas Open the Season In Style

Our Season Opener meet was a very successful one by any measure.  We had record number of swimmers (110) participating with 684 total swims.  It was awesome to see an army of Piranhas racing tough all weekend! In total, LY swimmers dropped 18 minutes and 27 seconds, a mind-boggling number! There were 304 new best times swum, not counting events swum for the first time! Here are the individual highlights by training group.

Bronze Group

The Season Opener was an excellent swim meet for our Bronze group swimmers! We had a long list of swimmers who swam in their very first USA Swimming meet this weekend – Audrey Bond, Ruby Duis, Mackenzie Easters, Angelina GuoZelynn Gustafson, Gavin Harrington, Landon Harrington, Rowan Harrington, Caden Harvey, Samuel Mejia-Ibarra, Sofia Mejia-Ibarra, Matthew Palzewicz, Soroush Seyedhosseini, Owen Simmons, Joshua Warren, and Sarah Warren. We also saw quite a few personal best times for our bronze swimmers – Zia Ayres (25 Back, 25 Fly), Addison Bond (25 Back, 25 Breast, 25 Fly, 25 Free, 50 Back, 50 Fly), Jackson Cook (25 Free, 25 Back), Piper Cook (25 Back, 25 Breast, 25 Fly, 25 Free, 50 Back), Josh Edwards (25 Back, 25 Fly, 25 Free, 50 Back, 50 Free), Maren Elliot (100 IM, 50 Breast), Noah Ford (25 Back, 25 Free, 50 Free), Sophia Gordon (100 IM, 25 Back, 25 Breast, 25 Free, 50 Free), Leya Hawkes (25 Back, 25 Breast, 25 Free, 50 Free), Everett Heimbach (50 Breast), Joshua Searwar (50 Free), Emily Trautman (100 Breast, 100 Free, 50 Back, 50 Free), Jake Watson (50 Back, 50 Free), Graham Woodruff (25 Back, 25 Breast, 25 Free, 50 Back, 50 Free), and Taylor Woodruff (25 Back, 25 Free, 50 Free). Congratulations to everyone! Go Piranhas!

Silver Group

The Season Opener turned out to be a wonderful swim meet for our Silver group swimmers! We had quite a few who swam in their very first USA Swimming meet this weekend – Hazel Bohrnstedt, Chase Cartwright, Olivia Cartwright, Emily Judy, Justin Kim, Karsen Maddox, William Mowry, Declund Stevenson, and Sam Wagoner. We also saw several personal best times for our silver swimmers – Seth Cook (100 Breast, 100 IM, 50 Breast, 50 Free), Stella Cook (100 Breast, 100 IM, 50 Breast, 50 Free), Luke Ellett (100 Free, 100 IM, 50 Breast, 50 Fly), Payton Heimbach (50 Breast), Ellie Salazar (50 Free, 100 Free, 50 Fly), and Rachel Searwar (100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Free, 50 Back, 50 Free). Congratulations to all of our swimmers! Keep up the good work!

Gold Group

At our Season Opener, the Gold Group proudly represented the best that LY has to offer. Our ranks of an impressive 27 swimmers competing this weekend included 10 who are new to LY. How well did they do? There were so many good swims- too many to list- but not surprisingly, the Gold Group as a whole, had 200 best times! We had 17 of our athletes compete in an event new to them. Who conquered their first 500 Free? Quin Ayres, Sidney Baker, Emily Box, Caroline Falwell, Emily Hansen, Kira Kruckenberg, Catherine Mowry, Carter Rice, and Becca Wigboldy did! And of those who've competed before, who had 100% best times? Max Ayres, Savannah Bauserman, JC Gordon, Emily Hansen, Max Schonfelder, Sage Searwar, Josh Smith, and Allie Sweeney did! New additions Adam Ellett, Mason Gallagher, Bennett Mowry, Gabriel Provost, Arleigh Wagoner, and Grace Warren swam all of their events like seasoned pros. And thanks to the leadership of Brendan Whitfield, Cameron St. Clair, Evan Schonfelder, and Jack Mills, our relays are going to be fun to watch this season! Not only did the Gold Group celebrate success in the water, we also celebrated Ryan Frasier turning 11 and Cameron St. Clair turning 13, aging them up to new challenges! Congratulations to everyone who competed! We're looking forward to even more great results in October!

Varsity Group

The Varsity group had an excellent first meet of the season.  Here are some of the individual highlights:

Joshua Bodine and Hannah Searwar swam 100% lifetime best times. Josh had a whopping 16 second drop in the 400 IM.  

Allison Bohn competed well in her first meet, conquering the 200 breast and swimming well across the board.  Colby Childress showed his versatility as a swimmer by dropping in both sprint and distance events. He used his strong underwaters and breakouts to excel to time drops in the 50 free and 100 fly. Franki Cifuentes was able to utilize fast turns to improve her 200 IM by 6 seconds. Houston Crowder competed tough in his first meet. He raced hard and finished strong in the 100 back, breast, and freestyle. Patrick Crowder had best times in the 200 free as well as the 100 fly.  Ben Davidson came out swinging in the 100 back, and was able to use his strength to drop a second. Matthew Davidson was able to drop time in IM, freestyle, and backstroke. He attacked his walls in the 200 back to drop 12 seconds and showed his endurance by dropping in the 400 IM and 500 freestyle.

Ellie Eckert had a great attitude throughout the meet and showed her tenacity in both middle distance and sprint freestyle. She finished the meet off with a bang by shaving a second in her 50 freestyle. Tara Enneking showed her dominance in the breaststroke events finishing first in both the 100 and 200. She also took charge in the 400 IM by dropping 12 seconds and finishing first. Brian Grimmett made a statement by dropping huge chunks of time in his middle distance fly and back. He was able to use his walls to improve by 10 seconds in the 200 fly and 8 in the 200 back.

Katie Jones got a personal best in the 100 fly. JT Lotz showed his prowess as middle distance swimmer by dropping a whopping 31 seconds in the 200 fly. Daniel Murray led the pack by finishing first in the 14 & under boys 100 breast. He was also able to drop a second in his 100 back by improving his body position. Matthew Murray dropped in six events. He used his walls to drop 8 seconds in the 500 free. Daniel Pettyjohn swam a smart 400 IM and was able to hold an even pace throughout all of the strokes. He also showed his raw speed by dropping time in the 100 free. Trey Phillips swam hard in his first meet, posting times in the free and breast that really show the work he has been putting in.

National Group

The National group’s swims at the meet this weekend showed that they are very far ahead of where they were at this time last year.  With greater than 30% lifetime bests and greater than 90% of times faster than this meet last year, they have set the table for a successful short course season.  Here are the individual and relay highlights from the group.

Kelsey Childress, Tara Enneking, Lexi Plogger, and Carrington Erquiaga provided one of the highlights of the weekend when they stole the 200 medley relay from our Quest competitors in a swift 1:54.71.

Carrington Erquiaga showed that her relay swim was no fluke when she went best times in the 100 fly, 100 back, and 50 free.  John Michael Gordon dropped an impressive 3.3 seconds in his 200 fly and was victorious in the 15-16 200 IM just a hair off his best time in 2:00.24. Josh Hankey threw down a lifetime best in the 200 back and had many swims that showed he is doing excellent work in practice so far this season. Steven Mills competed in his first meet since May, and looks to be making progress after a debilitating back injury.  Brendan Murray stepped up big in the 200 IM with a new personal best by over a second.

Brandon Naylor made his National group meet debut in style, posting a 56.92 in the 100 fly to take the event victory.  He also had best times in the 200 back and 50 free. Austin Orange was impressive, putting up his new best time in the 100 breast, 100 fly, 200 free, 400 IM, and 500 free. Lexi Plogger had perhaps the most impressive individual swim of the National group at the meet when she improved her 100 fly by nearly 5 seconds to go 1:00.79 and win the 15-16 girls’ event. She managed to also drop a similar amount of time in the 500 free to take 2nd place.  Connor Sauls showed off his dedication to training with 7 new best times – 100 breast, 100 fly, 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast, 200 free, and 200 IM.  David Schafer swam several events for the first time in a USA Swimming meet, and lowered his 100 free by more than 3 seconds.  Sutton Schonfelder went 4 new lifetime bests in the 200 back, 200 free, 50 free, and 500 free, showcasing his recent consistency in practice. Madison Sitton put her new best time in the 200 back at 2:21.70. Morgan Whitfield used improvement in his weaker strokes to score a new lifetime best in the 200 IM.

Great job, Piranhas!