August 10, 2017
The Stateline Aquatic Team had 5 swimmers in action at 2 different meets in 2 different cities last weekend.
Last Thursday at the13&Over State Meet we started out the day with Camden in the 100 Free, one his best events. He started out strong and had a solid swim, though not his best time. Later he swam the 200 breast. He was right on his times, but would have liked to do a little better. We compete to learn, and this weekend at State has given Camden some things to reflect on over break.
Jalen Stimes was also at the 13&Over State Meet last weekend with his Dad. He had another astounding meet. In the prelims for the 200 Fly he swam a best time and qualified to come back for finals. We discussed changing some race strategy and stroke technique for the finals. At finals that night, he came back and swam an absolutely masterful 200 Fly! He dropped another 1.67 seconds and took 12th place! Jalen also competed in the 400 IM where he got another best time and 18th place. He also had the 100 and 200 back. While he didn’t get best times in those he had typical Jalen-esque great races nonetheless.
Meanwhile, we had Avery and Cale Miles along with Gracie Colvin swimming for Team Wisconsin in the Central Zone Championships last weekend at the Rec Plex in Pleasant Prairie. In order to qualify for Team Wisconsin and the Zone Championship Meet a swimmer has to achieve a AAA Time. These three swimmers of ours did an absolutely amazing job on their own and in a new and very, very competitive meet.
Gracie Colvin had four events last weekend; the 50 Fly, 50 & 100 Free and the 50 Back. The 11-12 girls is perhaps one of the most competitive age groups in all of USA Swimming! It is incredible to see how fast this particular group of kids is! Gracie was right on her times from 12&Under State the weekend before. Her best swim was the 50 Free. She was seeded 96th…. dropped .26 seconds and wound up 47th. She moved up almost 50 places by dropping a mere quarter of a second! How’s that for tight competition?! Also, in so doing, she lowered her own team record in that event from the week before.
Cale Miles swam the 50 and 100 Breast in the Zone Championship Meet. Cale dug deep and found a way to cut even more time off of his best times achieved the weekend before at 12&Under State. Cale dropped .11 seconds in his 50 Breast to make the podium in 10th place. He followed that up with an even more impressive 2.03 second time drop in the 100 Breast! That swim earned him a 7th place finish! All told Cale scored 19 points for Team Wisconsin, brought home two medals and bettered two of his team records that he set the weekend before.
Last, but certainly not least, we have Avery Miles, Cale’s twin sister. Avery had a-very, awesome meet! (Get that play on words? Corny I know…) It’s probably easiest to do this in list form. At the Zone Championship Meet, Avery…
- Dropped 1.07 seconds in 100 FR, placed 9th, shattered her own team record
- Dropped .25 seconds in the 50 FR, placed 5th, broke her own team record
- Lead off the Team Wisconsin A 200 Free Relay which took 4th
- Dropped 2.15 seconds in her 200 FR (which is appropriate given .25 drop in 50, 1.07 drop in the 100!), got 21st and broke her own team record.
- Swam her 50 Fly and added a bit of time (Certainly not complaining… just reporting)
- Anchored the Team Wisconsin A 200 Medley Relay - Which Won ZONES!!
Avery’s anchor leg of the 200 Medley Relay was the fastest anchor leg in the event! She dropped the hammer and brought the win home for Team Wisconsin. So yes, Avery, “The Anchor” added a Zone Championship to go along with her State Championship! How cool is that?! Here is a link to a video of her anchor leg:
We should all be very proud of all that not only these swimmers mentioned here in this article have achieved, but also, everything that everyone of our swimmers achieved this summer season. The great thing about swimming is that you get to define your own success - while winning championships is great - I want everyone to know that we are proud of, and impressed with, all the achievements this summer - from Lionfish swimmers who learned to be competitive swimmers and compete for the first time all the way up to these Zone and State athletes - a job well done.
Rest up - get ready - short course season is right around the corner! What are you going to write for your next chapter?