Yup - This Just Happened!

What an unbelievably successful weekend for our Stateline Athletes!  We had swimmers at two different meets in two different cities and both meets had tremendous outcomes!

11&Under WI State Single Age State Championships

St. Augustine Prep - Milwaukee, WI

This was a brand new meet concept and was held in a beautiful brand new facility in Milwaukee.  We sent four swimmers; Avery and Cale Miles along with new Stateline Team Members Ava Hayes and Zoe Shields.  All four competed in the maximum of 6 individual events each over the weekend.  As you can see from the Time Improvement Report below, these four had 35 of 36 best times!  Remarkable to say the least.

11&Under Single Age State Meet Improvement Report

Cale Miles recorded three Second place finishes and placed top 10 in every one of his events.  Hard to pick which was his best swim as they were all very solid.  He did all of this while fighting off a sinus and ear infection that was diagnosed Wednesday before the meet.

Avery Miles broke the 1:00 barrier in her 100 Free taking 6th place (lots of fast 11 year old girls!)  This is an incredible achievement and is very monumental for Avery (and any swmmer).  She also broke :27 in her 50 Free and took 4th place in that event and also dropped time in every one of her other swims.  Great meet Avery!

Meanwhile, new team members Ava Hayes and Zoe Shields swam very impressively and learned a great deal about our program, our philosophy and how we compete.  Ava has only been swimming with us for three weeks and despite that short time has worked hard to improve her technique in order to drop time.  That work showed most in her Breaststroke events where she took 11th place in both the 50 and 100 Breast.  Zoe Shields has been practicing with us for four weeks and has been working very hard on her technique as well.  Zoe dropped massive amounts of time in all of her events and has learned a lot about herself and what she's capable of doing with the right work.  Zoe took 12th in 100 Breast (just behind Ava) and 13th in the 50 Breast.  Welcome aboard girls and nice job!

Sun Prairie Storm Winter Classic

Sun Prairie High School - Sun Prairie, WI

This meet was a prelims / finals meet that we put on our schedule to test our ability to come back 4-5 weeks after the taper we did for our Winter Classic.  I wanted to see how our plan and preparation worked so that we can make sure we're ready to swim fast at The NCSA National Age Group Championship in Orlando in late March.  This NCSA meet is 5 weeks after our 12&Under State Meet.  So, this Sun Prairie meet was kind of a dress rehearsal.

Well... I'd have to say that our plan and preparation worked!  Check out the Improvement Report below.

Sun Prairie Storm Winter Classic Meet Improvement Report

Once again, Gracie Colvin lead the way with amazing time drops in every one of her events a mere 4 weeks after her full taper for the Winter Classic.  She not only won all of her events, but also set new meet and team records in every one of them as well!  Congrats Gracie - keep up the great work!  It is certainly paying off!

Jack went up Friday night to give the 400 IM another shot.  He hadn't swum it in a while and took over 30 seconds off his best time and missed the team record by a mere 6 seconds.  He's figured out for himself where he can make up that difference and get the record.  Jack also won the 50 and 100 Free while setting a meet record in the 100 Free.  Great job Jack.

Jeremy Mueller swam both Saturday and Sunday and had some pretty nice time drops in a number of his events.  The technically correct and smooth way that Jeremy swam his Freestyle is probably the most impressive aspect of the meet for Jeremy.  He was able to notch best times without reverting back to old habits.  Additionally, he was able to swim himself into finals as a 13 year old in the 13-14 age group.  Nice job Jeremey.

Amber Goldhagen and Maya Hargraves came up on Sunday.  Both were able to get best times in their 100 IM.  I am sure the friendly competition between these two had something to do with that!

Bottom line - it was a great weekend that shows us clearly that our planning, training and focus on technique is paying off!