August 10, 2021
Aqua Club Swim Team 2021 - Wrap Up
What a great season!
So many things to be thankful for. Kids got to swim. Parents were allowed on deck. We had swim meets. Especially after summer 2020, we once again remembered how special the Aqua Club is. Watching the smiles and hearing the laughter from everyone was just what we all needed.
Over 225 swimmers participated, including 40 new team members.
Dual Meets (3-1 record)
View Ridge W
Sheridan Beach W
Sand Point L
GSSSL Championship Postseason
86 swimmers with Prelims times
37 swimmers advanced to the All-City meet
5th place finish overall - out of 16 teams.
Loved the coaching staff this year! There were a lot of new faces to work into the rotation. It was fun to watch our rookie coaches grow, just like the rest of the team! Thanks to Alex, Billy, Michael, Tyler, Anthony, Maddie, Monica, & Megan for all of their hard work.
It really does “take a village” to put on a meet. Thanks to all of the board members, parents, and pool staff (Shannon & Tyler!) who helped us get through all five meets. I’d especially like to thank the “upstairs deck” crew - Kris Harness, Jon Lewis, Jon Rader, Tim Surdyk, Matt DesJardien, and Dave Hollander. Thanks also to Michelle Clausen who organized our concessions and food trucks.
Our “pool deck” crew - including Diane Wies, Lynn Van Hollebeke, Katie Hass, Johanna Phillips, Aileen Hammar, and Dan Dekay - are also vital to running our meets. We really couldn’t do this without all of you.
Individual Awards -
New Club Record
14U Girls 50 Free - 25.13
New Top Ten All-Time Swims (From 1959 - 2021...63 years!)
Chloe Wies - 12U 50 Breast
Lane Gooding - 14U 50 & 100 Freestyle
Alexis Edwards - Senior 50 Freestyle
Miranda Thompson - Senior 50 Back & 100 Freestyle
Liv Gooding - Senior 50 Breast & 100 IM
Cooper Hollander - 10U 50 Back
Ian Reece - 14U 50 Breast & 100 IM
Max Iwen - 14U 50 Fly
Peter Yamane - Senior 50 Back, 50 Fly, 100 IM, & 100 Freestyle
Andrew Harness - Senior 50 Breast, 50 Fly, & 100 IM
10U Girls 200 Freestyle Relay
Harper DesJardien, Astrid Michie, Julia DesJardien, Nadalyn McKinnon
Senior Girls 200 Medley Relay
Miranda Thompson, Audrey Brown, Alexis Anderson, Alexis Edwards
Senior Girls 200 Freestyle Relay
Alexis Edwards, Alexis Anderson, Miranda Thompson, Liv Gooding
14U Boys 200 Medley Relay
Monte Michie, Nate Wies, Max Iwen, Ian Reece
Senior Boys 200 Medley Relay
Cole Leaty, Andrew Harness, Peter Yamane, Kai Geller
Iron Shark (Qualified for prelims in all events)
Sarah Van Hollebeke
Sportsmanship Award (Positive role models and leaders!)
Most Inspirational Swimmers (Voted on by swimmers)
Coaches Awards (Voted on by Coaches)
Sarah Van Hollebeke
Age Group Awards
Most Improved Swimmer
8U - Charlotte Claesgens, Bridger Korte
10U - Harper Korte, Owen Collar
12U - Eloise Waterstone, Chase Arnold
14U - Lara Mann, Max Gamb
Seniors - Miranda Thompson, Parker Davis
8U - Mae Corriell, Matias King
10U - Kaley Reid, Cooper Hollander
12U - Avery Leptich, Marcos King
14U - Ellie Hobart, Thomas Higson
Seniors - Sarah Van Hollebeke, Gaku Beauchamp
A huge group this year. All are great leaders and role models...and also super fast! Included below are their bios, which were read at senior night.
Kai Geller - North Creek
On swim team for 13 years
Favorite Memory: All Cities 2017 Setting new all time Aqua club record for Medley Relay with Andrew, Peter, and Alec
Kai is going to Oregon State and is interested in engineering and education. He will also be joining the Oregon State Rowing team.
Lucy Westhusing - Roosevelt
Years on AC Swim Team- 8
Favorite Memories- team sleepover and getting wooshed during relays
Plans for 2021/22 - School? Major? Work? Swim? Loyola Marymount in LA, majoring in psychology
Message to current/future AC swimmers- cheer for your teammates and encourage everyone to keep swimming!
Ryan McNeff - Roosevelt
Years on Aqua Club: 11
Favorite Memories: The All City relay that I was on when I was 14
Plans for 2021: I will be attending Macalester College in St. Paul. I will also be on the varsity swim team at Macalester.
Advice: Always bring extras of everything
Luke Mason - Inglemoor
Been in aqua club since 2011 so 10 years.
Going to uw seattle majoring in engineering.
Message to aqua club swimmers: try something new, even if it’s small.
Peter Yamane - Inglemoor
Years on the AC Swim Team: 12 years
Favorite Memories: The Aqua Club sleepovers, getting "whooshed" by the seniors during the Free relay, and swimming rivalry with Andrew Harness
Plans for 2021/2022: Committed to swim at Whitman College, but will be deferring a year and taking classes at Cascadia College. Undecided in my major, but interested in the STEM field like biochemistry or computer science.
Message to current/future AC swimmers: Don't swim 4 events in a row. It is very tiring, but more importantly just have fun.
Andrew Harness - Shorecrest
Years on AC- 13 years
Favorite memories- all city relay 2019 and tie-dyes
Montana state, engineering, SKI
Message- “you can always sleep after practice. DONT SKIP”
Sarah Van Hollebeke - Blanchet
Years on AC - 2007 or 2008??? (conflicting sources)
Favorite memory- skipping my event as an 8&under because I did not want to stop playing barbies with Lexi. Plans for 21/22 - I will be attending the University of Notre Dame with my intended majors of international economics and German. Go Irish!
Message to current AC swimmers - Have fun behind the blocks with your friends!
Alexis Edwards - Shorecrest
Lexi Edwards will be attending Boise State University and plans to major in Business administration. She has been on the swim team for 13 years. Her favorite memory on the team is stealing Maddie and Audrey’s pasta at all the swim meets and playing barbies in the swim tents when she was little. Her message to future swimmers is to be prepared to show up to every practice if the coach is your Dad.
Mia Sikora - Ingrahm
I’ve been on swim team for 11 years
One of my favorite memories is staying up with friends at the aqua club sleepovers
Next year I will be studying kinesiology/pre PT at San Diego State University
Don’t forget to thank your parents for all they do for you :)
Holand Dennis - Lakeside
Holand Dennis will be attending Pitzer College in the fall as an undeclared major. She has been a part of Aqua Club since she was eight. Her favorite memory is bribing the older swimmers, some adults, and even coaches for spare quarters to buy otter pops with Lexi Edwards and Anna Sargent before race class. She also has the fondest memories of hiding in tents between races and covering her friends in sharpie. Her message to future swimmers is always cheer for your teammates in between races, and to simply have fun and do your best. She also recommends writing your first and last name on every piece of clothing you bring to any summer league meet.
I hope everyone is enjoying their last few weeks before we go back to school. When the rain starts, and we’re hunkered down riding out winter, keep your eyes on next spring and summer, when we can do this again!
Tentative Start Date - May 23
Tentative All City Date - August 2
See you soon -