July 21, 2014
Texas Terrapins sped so fast that the almost shed their shells at the Gulf Elite meet. We now have 3 sectional qualifiers, 2 tags qualifiers, tons of finalists, and best times. Terrapin swimmers made a huge statement of where their future is heading.
Leading the way were Madison Kinsey, Abbie Jones, and Beth McNeese speeding to sectional qualifying times. Tommy Stokes was hot in pursuit, grabbing 2 TAGS times.
Madison won the 100 free and fly, improving 3 seconds in the free, and smashed her 100 fly time by 4 seconds. Her fly times qualifies her for sectionals and Junior Nationals. Her 2nd place finish in the 50 free time was a sectional cut, and 100 free with sectional bonus cut. Madison hit 100% best times.
Not to be denied was Beth McNeese as she dropped a whopping 10 seconds in the 200 fly to grab her first sectional standard, and a TAGS cut in the 100 fly - both second place finishes. Beth hit 6 best times the meet.
Tommy Stokes powered his way to 2 Tags cuts and a first place finish in the 100 fly, and 3rd in the 50 free. He placed in all events with 100 % best times. Great Job!
Abbie Jones showed her dependability as she bolted to a 2 second drop in the 100 back and a sectional cut. She made it back to finals in 4 events scoring big points for the team.
Sean Calvert was tough and dependable as always with 100% best times with a 5th place finish in the 200 breast and 7th in both the 100 breast and 400 IM. Sean continues his best time streak.
Jackson (earplug) Dement was awesome placing in every event and hitting 100 % best times. He took 5th in the 200 free and had 3 sixth place finishes in the 400 free, 100 and 50 fly.
Breanna Nguyen sizzled to 6 best times placing 3rd in the 50 back, and made finals in the 100 fly, 200 and 100 back, 100 fly and 200 breast - very versatile!
Canyon Neundorfer made a statement speeding to 5 best times, placing 2nd in the 100 back 3rd in both the 50 and 200 back. Canyon also got back to finals in the 100 free, and 50 &100 fly.
Delanie Crowder got down to business placing in 7 events, with 5 best times - the 100 breast, 100 fly 200 free &IM, and 400 free.
Hannah Morris lit it up in the first final winning the consolation final in the 200 breast, and placed 11th in the 50 breast. She was the first person to win a heat and set the stage for team on Friday.
Kevin Young made great contributions to the point total with a 3rd place finish in the 100, and 7th in the 200 breast. His first encounter in with the big boys!
Emma Nemeth had one of her best meets to date with 4 best times and super swims in the 200 IM and back. Her dedication paid off.
Zac Kinion snagged 4 best times in 4 different strokes, 200 IM, back, and breast, and the 100 fly, showing off his significant improvement from the beginning of the year.
Gabby Rivera demonstrated her toughness in the 200 fly placing 10th, as well as her new sprinting speed with best times in the 50 and 100 free.
Every swimmer made a huge contribution in both prelims and finals. Each great effort spurred on the next swimmer. There were several swimmers that were just off TAGs qualifying times. Who knows - a faster start, better turn, quicker finish, one more dolphin kick - and their dreams would be realized. You can look at it as failure, or disappointment, or fuel for future great performances. Just ask Rory Mcllroy.
Congratulations to all the swimmers for a super meet. We look for further updates from sectionals and TAGs for Beth, Abbie, Madison, and Tommy.