July 31, 2017
KINGFISH MAKES A SPLASH AT 13/14 & OPEN LCM STATE MEET
Team KAW rocked the blocks this past weekend at the 2017 Michigan Swimming 13/14 & Open LCM State Meet held in Holland, MI. Represented by ten swimmers, Kingfish finished 7th overall in the team standings. These swimmers are Andrew Culver (16), Isabel Fairbanks (17), Faustas Garbenis (14), Ella Glaspie (14), Madison Kwasnik (13), Nate Neeley (16), Zane Rosely (14), Charlotte Syke (14), Jenny Tian (14) and Joshua Zexter (14).
Zane Rosely had an INCREDIBLE meet -- earning top High Point honors for the 13 - 14 Boys age group with 117 total points! Zane captured a State Champion title in 5 of his 6 events (400 IM, 200 Fly, 400 Free, 200 IM and 1,500 Free) AND finished runner up in the 100 Fly. With one of the most impressive closes to a meet, Zane dropped 33.96 in his 1,500 free (16:55.29) and then swam shortly thereafter in the 200 IM to achieve another personal best time (a 1.31 improvement) and move up from sixth (prelims) to first place in finals. Terrific job Zane!
Ella Glaspie was second in Team KAW points generated with a total of 69. On her 14th birthday, she earned a State Champion title in the 800 free with a time drop of 11.11 seconds and a personal best time of 9.27.75. Then, wrapped the meet with another State Champion title in the 1,500 free and PB of 18:01.90 (a 10.78 improvement). Ella also had top 8 finishes in the 200 free (8th) and 400 free (6th).
Josh Zexter grabbed another 63 total points for Kingfish Aquatics. Josh had top 8 finishes in the 100 Fly (3rd), 200 Fly (3rd) and 400 IM (5th)! He also made top 16 in the 200 IM (10th), 800 Free (12th) and 100 Breaststroke (12th). Josh achieved personal best times in all 6 of his individual events! Go Josh!
Nate Neeley also generated 34 points for Team KAW finishing 7th in both 100 and 200 Free races, 9th in the 50 Free and 16th in the 400 IM. In pre-lims, Nate dropped 3.95 secs in his 400 IM to jump up 14 spots to make the B finals in this race!
KAW had 3 swimmers contributing 25 points to the team totals. They are Andrew Culver, Isabel Fairbanks and Faustas Garbenis. Andrew finished 5th (1,500 Free), 10th (400 IM) and 13th (800 Free). Isabel's top finishes were 5th (200 Breast) and 8th (100 Breast). Faustas made top 16 in the 200 Free (12th), 200 Fly (12th), 100 Back (12th), 100 Free (13th), 100 Fly (14th) and 50 Free (14th).
Rounding out the Team KAW point scorers are Jenny Tian (23 points), Charlotte Syke (16 points) and Madison Kwasnik (13 points). Jenny finished 7th (200 Breast), 9th (100 Breast) and 15th (200 Fly). Charlotte placed 11th (100 Breast), 12th (200 Breast), 14th (1,500 Free) and 15th (400 IM). Maddie made top 16 in the 400 IM (10th), 800 Free (14th) and 200 IM (14th).
The relay team of Ella Glaspie, Madison Kwasnik, Charlotte Syke and Jenny Tian made the podium with an 8th place finish in the 400 13-14 Girl's Medley Relay and finished 10th in the 13 - 14 Girl's 400 Free Relay.
The Boy's Open 400 Free Relay of Nate Neeley, Andrew Culver, Josh Zexter and Zane Rosely finished 16th.
Please congratulate all Team KAW swimmers that qualified and participated at the 13/14 and Open Michigan Swimming LCM State Meet. Several personal records crushed and outstanding performance throughout the weekend! GO KINGFISH!