March 12, 2018
CMA Excels At The Zone 5 Championship Meet
The first annual Zone 5 Championship Meet was tremendously fun and successful! CMA finished in second place of all of the teams in the Colorado Springs/Pueblo region! Our CMA swimmers swam so many best times and new State and Silver State qualifying times, broke team records, cheered for each other like crazy, and really enjoyed the very nice medals and the exciting awards presentations. We are very proud of all of our swimmers and staff!
The final scores for the Zone 5 meet were: 1) CSST 2279; 2) CMA 1784.50; 3) ALPS 1291; 4) CT 1154.50; 5) PSC 1139.50; 6) FLFN 977; 7) ROCK 754.50; 8) UN 394; 9) RPDS 288; 10) VSCS 186; 11)
AGE GROUP BRONZE & SILVER: The Bronze and Silver groups had a wonderful last meet of the short course season! Each swimmer did very well and pushed themselves to get as many best times and finish their All Swim Challenges. I think that everyone was excited to swim and it was exciting to watch. The Bronze group finished with 52 best times and at 85%. There were 5 swimmers that finished the meet with 100% best times. Fernando Ardines finished with seven out of eight best times and earned multiple medals. Eli Marm also finished with all best times and also placed in the top 6 many times. Eler Huang also had a wonderful meet and swam a great 100 Free. I had Ritoja Samanta compete in her first meet. She did great in her events. I hope to see her at more in the future. The Silver group also had a great meet with 47best times. Avery Hill and Mackenzie Hassell each swam all best times. I had 8 swimmers that swam their first 50 Fly and I applaud everyone for trying their hardest. David Tehrakopian was tasked with swimming several 100s, 50 Fly, and the 200 Free in the meet. He did very well and did it all with a smile and a positive attitude. Lucy Larson swam well and took off 19 seconds on her 200 Free. William Bentley swam so fast and took off a total of 31.98 seconds at the meet. I am proud of how well everyone has done this season and this was the perfect meet to finish it with. I am looking forward to all of the meets this spring and summer.
AGE GROUP GOLD: Our AG Gold swimmers were on fire! We had four kids swim ALL best times: Alex Terhakopian (8), Mikaela Allred (7), Sophia Mezei (4), and Gavin Wroblewski (4)! Swimming nearly all best times were: Elyse Eilmes (6), Haley Gates (7), Ryan Gretz (3), and Kellen McInelly (6). Kellen qualified for Silver State in 50 fly! Zoe Harris broke CMA team records in both 100 fly and 200 IM!!!
We had many, many podium (top six) finishes: Zoe finished in the top three in all eight of her events! She won the 100 fly (first time swimming it!) and the 25 breast, was 2nd in 200 IM and 100 back, and was 3d in 25 back, 25 free, 50 back, and 50 free! Kayla Bentley won the 100 fly, was 2nd in 50 fly, 3d in 50 back, 5th in 100 IM, and 6th in both 100 free and 100 back. Kellen won the 100 fly, was 3d in 200 IM, and was 6th in 50 fly and 100 back. He dropped 8 seconds in his 100 IM! Monique Ardines dropped 6 seconds in her 100 IM and finished 3d in the 50 breast and 4th in 100 breast. Sophia finished 5th in both 100 fly and 200 free and was 6th in the 50 free, with a time that is only .16 off of the Silver State qualifying time! Alex was 4th in the 200 breast – his first time ever swimming it! He also dropped 25 seconds in 100 back, 16 in 100 free, and 11 in 100 IM. Mikaela, Haley, Ryan, and Gavin all swam the 50 fly for the first time! Mikaela dropped 11 seconds in 100 back, 10 seconds in 100 breast, and nearly 8 seconds in 100 IM. Haley dropped nearly 9 seconds in 100 breast and 5 in 100 free. Ryan dropped 7.5 seconds in 100 back and 3.5 in 50 breast. Gavin dropped 9 seconds in 100 back.
JUNIORS: Our Juniors had a tremendous meet, with tons of best times, new State and Silver State cuts, team records, and huge time drops! Four new State cuts were achieved: Cardin Nguyen – 200 breast, Sinjin Schmeck – 100 IM and 200 IM, and Samantha Synsvoll– 400 IM! Four new Silver State cuts were also achieved: Samantha – 50 fly and 100 fly and Jin White – 50 back and 50 breast! Sinjin broke CMA team records in 25 breast and 25 free and came within .07 of the team record in 100 free! The awards podium was a busy place for CMA swimmers and many finished in the top three! Cardin won both the 200 fly and the 400 IM (first time swimming them!) and finished 2nd in five other events! Sinjin won the 100 IM, 200 IM, and 50 free; finished 2nd in four events; and was 3d in one event. Samantha won the 400 IM and 500 free and finished 3d in both the 100 fly and 200 fly! Sienna Schmeck finished 2nd in 50 back and 50 free and was 3d in 100 back and 200 back! Jin finished 2nd in 50 back and 3d in 200 back (first time swimming it! Jack Schoonover was 3d in 200 breast (first time swimming it)!
There were so many best times and really big time drops! Lily Larson and Jin both swam ALL (8) best times and Cardin (8), Sinjin (7), and Samantha (5) swam nearly all best times. Sinjin dropped 14 seconds in his 200 IM. Samantha dropped 14 seconds in her 400 IM and 6 in her 100 fly. Katie Sena dropped 13 seconds in her 200 IM and 8 seconds in her 200 breast. Cardin dropped 11 seconds in his 200 free. Kytelyn Pieper dropped 11 seconds in 200 breast and 3.5 in both 100 breast and 200 IM. Lily dropped 4.5 seconds in both 50 breast and 100 free and 4 seconds in 100 IM. Jin dropped 7 seconds in 100 back and 4 in 100 IM. Jack dropped 3.5 seconds in his 100 back. Chloe Carrell dropped 2.5 seconds in both 100 back and 100 breast and swam the 200 free and 200 IM for the first time.
SENIORS: At the first ever Zone 5 Championships the Senior group was represented by 12 individuals, several of whom had just competed at the 14&under Silver State meet the week before, and some girls that had just gotten done with their High School season. With all of that, we still had some great improvements to record for the weekend, including a high point winner in Kambry Lightfoot for the 14&under girls. Leading the way were Maggie Frohnhoefer with 6 new best times (50&100 back, 50&200 free, 50 fly and 100 IM), and Michael Mehall, also with 6 personal best (50&200 free, 50&200 back, 50 breast and 100 IM). Following closely behind those two was Mary Roalstad with 5 new best times (100 free, 100 IM, 200 back, 50 back and 50 free). Another strong showing was posted by Ysa Carrell with 4 new best times (100 IM, 50 back, 50 breast and 50 fly.
Also posting new best times were Isaac Eilmes (100 IM, 50 back and 50 fly), Kamby Lightfoot (200 fly, 200 free and 50 fly), Bethany Slivka (100 free and 50 fly), Abigail Wroblewski (100 IM and 50 free), Jack Wormack (100 IM), Amaya Porter (50 breast) and Kaelyn Hinesley (50 back).