Click HERE to see a pdf of the SJAC results and note prior to reading:  I am quite sure I've made mistakes somewhere.  There is a tremendous amount of data here.  If I missed your swimmer in any category or misspelled their name, it was unintentional.  

I’ve gone through the results three times because I wanted to find three mistakes.  I wanted to be able to say we swam 700 best times at SJAC.  We’ll have to settle for 697!!!

While reviewing the results, several thoughts and conclusions sank in regarding both our Age Group Program and our Killer Bees. 

Before I get to those thoughts and conclusions, let’s review some remarkable moments from an amazing meet!!!


EMAC went into the last session of the meet ahead by 12 points.  Our strong Sunday prelims set us up for the win, though, and we ended up winning by around 400 points.  That sounds like a big margin until you consider that we scored 5742.5 total points.

Huge “THANK YOU” to all the families that hung in there until the end, making the team a priority, and the win a possibility.  Swimming is experienced best when it is considered a team sport.


A swimmer earns a Triple Crown when they 1) swim three fastest times in prelims, 2) make finals in all 3, and 3) go three fastest times again in finals. 

To accomplish this a swimmer needs to be tough, disciplined and fully engaged while managing their time, energy, and emotions.  Simply put, it's difficult. 

I created this award 12 years ago when I was frustrated by swimmers asking to scratch an event in finals to focus on one of their “primary” events.  Focusing on primary events while neglecting other events is the quickest way to a weak mindset and an early plateau and exit from the sport. 

We’ve had many swimmers accomplish this over the years, and it reminds me of a powerful quote

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”     

                                    - Marrrianne Williamson

Congratulations to the following Triple Crown Winners:

  • Cami Johnson
  • Julian Vlaeminck
  • Cat Sirignano
  • Elizabeth Vezenov


In 2008, coaches, swimmers, and the media were left stunned when Michael Phelps endured 17 swims over 9 days en route to his 8 gold medals.  Almost every article written remarked about how great his fitness level must have been to be able to handle that amount of swims in such a short time. 

Using that as a benchmark, I'd like to point out that EMAC had 24 swimmers compete in 17 or more swims over 3 days this weekend.  Give these kids some props when you see them - Tough People Do Tough Things!!!!

  • Amelia Baldwin (18) – 5100 total competitive yards
  • Connor Burnand (18)
  • Genine Collins (19)
  • Ethan Ferris (17)
  • Morgan Gould (19) – 5300 total competitive yards
  • Logan Shriver (17)
  • AJ LaMack (18)
  • Gavin Mahon (17)
  • Seth Metzger (18)
  • Natalie Molnar (18)
  • Addie Pappentick (18) – 5300 total competitive yards
  • Sam Pechulis (17)
  • Jared Petre (19)
  • Hailey Reinhard (20)
  • Jack Reppert (18)
  • Logan Hartman (18)
  • Catherine Sirignano (18)
  • Izzy Sparaco (19) – 4350 total competitive yards
  • Andrew Taylor (20)
  • Elizabeth Vezenov (19)
  • Chloe Vlaeminck (18)
  • Julian Vlaeminck (19)
  • Brianna Wasem (18) – 5050 total competitive yards



The following swimmers posted EMAC all-time top-10 times:

Genine Collins

  • 50 FR – 24.33 (10th place all-time)
  • 100 FL – 57.49 (8th place all-time)

Julia Cort

  • 50 FR - 25.30 (5th place all-time)
  • 100 BK - 1:01.66 (6th place all-time)
  • 100 FR – 55.07 (6th place all-time)

Kayla Kenner

  • 100 BR – 1:24.35 (8th place all-time)

Sam Pechulis

  • 100 BK – 1:06.25 (7th place all-time)

Jared Petre

  • 50 FR – 23.52 (4th place all-time)

Andrew Taylor

  • 400 IM – 4:13.72 (9th place all-time)

Chloe Vlaeminck

  • 400 IM – 4:36.74 (5th place all-time)
  • 200 FL – 2:10.11 (6th place all-time)
  • 200 BR – 2:25.06 (3rd place all-time)



Our age group program has been displaced for well over a year, and it hasn’t stopped them.  Swimmers, parents, and coaches have gone to great lengths to continue to provide opportunities to train and race.  What great teamwork and team bonding. 

Despite less-than-ideal practice scenarios, these swimmers have made tremendous strides.  Click HERE to see total time drops comparing best times this season to best times prior to this season.  For those who don’t know, the progress amounts to an entire season of progress in ½ of a season….and we are NOT DONE!!!

I’m grateful to all the parents for jumping through the hoops with us.  You are what makes this possible!

I’m grateful to all the coaches who never wavered, finding a way to keep our kids on track.  You are the glue!

I’m inspired by all the swimmers.  You are the future!!!



We’ve been on a mission to change the culture within our Killer Bee Groups.  We have prioritized commitment while striking a tremendous balance between dryland, training, and technique work. 

The results?  REMARKABLE

22 of the 24 swimmers who swam over 17 events are from the Killer Bee Group.  To be able to swim in that many events over 3 days requires willingness.

To be able to swim well during those 17 events, however, requires more than willingness.  It also requires toughness and preparedness.

Consider the following points before we turn our focus to the opening of our facility and the second half of our season:

  • Cat Sirignano achieved her triple crown by going fastest times on the 16th, 17th, and 18th swims of her weekend, which happened to be the 5th, 6th, and 7th events of the day…the last day!!!
  • On his 16th swim of the meet, Jack Reppert went a 50.77 in the 100 FR, a best time by .28.  The remarkable part:  2nd 50 split was 25.98, a full second faster than anyone else in his heat.  Later in the evening, on his 18th swim of the meet, Jack dropped 22 seconds in the mile to achieve his Senior Champs cut. 
  • On his 18th swim of the meet, Connor Burnand qualified for JO’s in the 200 BK, placing 2nd and posting a time that was 20 seconds faster than his entry time.  It was his second JO cut of the meet…the first two of his career.  At practice on Tuesday, when asked if he knew his 200 BK was a JO cut, he said, “No.”  Commit…give your all for your team…and watch what happens!!!!
  • OUR GIRL MILERS!!!  Amelia Baldwin, on here 18th swim of the met, dropped 34 seconds.  On her 19th swim of the meet, Morgan Gould dropped 18 seconds, achieving her Senior Champs cut in the process and putting a shine on her 10/10 fastest times performance.  On her 18th swim of the meet, Addie Pappentick dropped 15 seconds.  On her 19th swim of the meet, Izzy Sparaco dropped 39 seconds.  On her 18th swim of the meet, Brianna Wasem dropped 1:29.  Way to go, girls!!!
  • On his 18th swim of the meet, Logan Shriver dropped 5 seconds from his lifetime best posting a 2:03.52 in the 200 BK.  His last 50 split was 30.2.  For reference, the winner of the event posted a 1:55.67 with a last 50 of 31.09.  If you’re wondering who posted the second-best last-50 split….EMAC’s Andrew Taylor – 30.92.  We’re fit!!!
  • We didn’t have an “off-session.”  That’s rare.  It may have happened, but I don’t recall ever coaching a team that didn’t have at least a slight bump in the road through a 3-day meet. 

It’s time to take up the mantle and claim it…our swimmers are tough, well-trained, and well-prepared. 

We will continue to strive for improvement in toughness, strength, training, and technique on our mission to crush our champs season. 

The sky is the limit for any swimmer who wants to put in the work. 

Like route 22, the road to success is always under construction!!!


Coach Doug