March 10, 2017
Thursday, March 9, the first night of the 2017 FLAGS meet being held in Stuart, FL. Four Tsunami swimmers competed on this first night and although they swam a total of four individual events, they posted a total of TEN best times.
First off the blocks was Andrew Bokelmann, 13 y., who qualified for the competition in this event just five days earlier with a 30 second improvement in his 1000 y. free. Coming into the meet his new best time was 10:51, dropping another 13 seconds Andrew swam to his best 100 free [59.8], 200 free [2:04.3] 500 free [5:18.8] and his best 1000 free. One swim producing four best times.
In the 11 - 12 yr. old event, Evan Keogh similarly swam to a new best time with a 25 second drop from his previous best. Evan swam to a best time in the first 200 [2:00.7], and 500 [5:14.0] finishing his race with a 10:35.3. That was good enough for a 4th place finish among 11-12 yr. old, being the fastest 11 yr. old in the field. His time will also place him 2nd in the nation among 11 y. olds in the 1000 free event.
Our last male swimmer was 10 y. old Toby Schwenk who swam the 500 y. free, dropping more than 6 seconds to a 6:04.9 and a 12th place finish among 10 yr. old boys.
For the girls we had one swimmer on the first night, Kenzie Leach, 12y. old. Kenzie equaled her previous best 200 [2:09.1] dropped her previous best 500 time her way out by 4 seconds [5:34.1] to finish with a best time of 11:17.1 and a 12th place finish among 11-12 yr. old girls.
What a start to our championship meet. Awesome job swimmers. Competition continues at the Stuart pool Friday through Sunday. The Tsunami's have a total of 20 swimmers participating in this event. Preliminaries begin each day at 9 am, finals are at 5:30 pm.