July 20, 2014
A strong finish to a great meet is what Sunday was for our swimmers. 7 swimmers showed up today looking to continue their amazing performances from the past couple of days. While all 7 swimmers did great today 4 of them went on to finals and Jonathan Ware continued in his backstroke dominance.
Anthony Corpuz came for the 50 breast today looking to continue with his improvements from yesterday. Seeded in 9th place coming into the meet he dropped a second and a half and earned the right to race tonight seeded 4th. This evening he raced hard dropping another 2 and a half seconds and tied for 4th in a jaw dropping race. It was so close at the end that I had no idea what place he was going to end up in.
Danielle DeCastro continued with her improvements from the past two days. She raced in the 100 free and 200 breast. The 100 free was a fast race where she dropped a second and a half and looked amazing off her start. She also powered her way through the 200 breast dropping just under 3 seconds and is still showing how far she has come this summer.
Savannah Griffin was back for day 3 showing how resilient she can be. She dropped in all 3 events she swam today even with swimming both mornings and evenings the past 2 days. She continues to improve on her 200 back as well as her 100 free while her breast stroke is taking leaps forward. She really pushed on her 200 breaststroke and ended the meet with a huge 11 second drop.
Alexandra Kemsley showed up today ready to race in her favorite event. She started the day off with a rocky 200 back but strong in technique and then rocked her 100 free. She pushed that free harder than ever jumping over 15 positions in the placing and dropping just under 8 seconds. Her first 200 breast time was a blistering 3:47.29 as well showing us she has more to her than just free.
Brooke Ramey came on Saturday and Sunday and made finals on both days. She started the morning off with the 100 free swimming a best time with a little over a second drop earning 8th place in and making the A finals. She then swam the 50 breast swimming close to her best time and making it into the B finals. She topped the morning off with the 400 free where she went on to demolish her old time by 24 seconds!!! She came back this evening for the 100 free first going in seeded as 8th place. The difference between 10th place and 1st place was less than 1.5 seconds total. Brooke was hungry for this race and took it out FAST. She went all out dropping another 1.5 seconds off of this morning's swim she managed to jump up 2 places and take home 6th. Her 50 breast was just as strong dropping another half second from her best time and placing 12th over all.
Ivan Tolkov swam all 3 days and made finals all 3 days. Today he started out in the 200 back placing 13th and making it into the B finals. He then kept the momentum going in the 100 free dropping a little over 4 seconds and putting his best time. Not allowing himself to finish weak he went out in the 200 breast this morning with a beastly 13 second drop and placed 5th for the A finals. During finals Ivan showed me what it means to be determined. He went out on the 200 back first dropping 6 seconds from this morning's swim and placing 11th. Moving onto the 200 breast you could see how badly he wanted to finish strong. He went out in the fastest 100 breast I have ever seen him do and did his best to hold that pace the second 100. He dropped another second from this morning's race and secured his 5th place!
Jonathan Ware had an outstanding meet this weekend. He had a huge victory in the 100 back and continued with that streak today. He started the day off in the 50 back earning his 1st place seed for the A finals tonight. He kept pushing during his 100 free dropping over 6 seconds and placing 9th for the A finals. During finals he started off a little rocky on the 50 back making the race a real nail biter. About halfway across the pool though he straightened out and took off to win the race with another second drop from the morning swim! Seeming to be hungry for more he decided to focus in on the 100 free for his last event of the meet. He went in seeded at 9th and took off from the start putting pressure on the other swimmers around him. He dropped another 1.5 seconds and jumped up to 5th place to end this meet with a great achievement!
After one of the longest meets most of these kids have ever swam I am proud to say we finished strong. These meets and swimmers remind me on a daily basis why I love the sport of swimming. Anything is possible at a swim meet as long as you want it bad enough and are willing to put for the effort to go after it. For how long and hard these kid swam I am amazed at how well they did. Not only were they dropping time all weekend long but it was huge chunks of times as well. Everyone did great and I was happy to be a part of it!