September 3, 2014
Welcome and welcome back. It’s been a busy month of Championship Meets. First let me once again congratulate the JO swimmers on a top effort. Team Santa Monica’s best result in years. Today I want to update you on our USA National Championship results.
To those who do not know, TSM is the only team in West Los Angeles to have produced multiple Junior National, Senior National, and Olympic Qualifiers: 10 times more than our nearest competition in every stroke and distance from the 100 to the 10k (21 in 4 years by latest count). We are also the only team in Los Angeles to have placed athletes on both the USA National Team and National Junior Team for 2013-14 and 2014-2015.
Why does this matter? Colleges recruit swimmers from proven programs that produce athletes ready to perform.
This tradition of excellence continued throughout the summer with world class results from our national group swimmers.
In addition to Sydney Wong and Matt Woicik’s Short Course Junior National qualifying in fly and free, Gabe Schneider qualified for both Short Course and Long Course Junior Nationals in backstroke. Gillian Caverly made Long and Short Course Juniors in the 800 free, 1500 free and bonus cuts in the 400 free and 200 back. Gillian dropped over 30 seconds this year in her 800 free and over 10 in her 200 back and continued the impressive improvements throughout Junior Nationals.
Brendan Casey and Scott Simmer also swam lifetime bests at Junior Nationals. Scott improved in his middle distance freestyles making Short Course Senior Nationals. Brendan made a new long course national cut in his Individual Medley and placed 7th at the US Long Course Junior Nationals in the 1500. Our 4th swimmer in 4 years to place top 8 individually at US Junior Nationals.
Later in the month, representing Team USA at the Junior Pan Pacs with some of the top 18 and under swimmers on the planet, Brendan dropped even more time in his free and dropped almost a second in his back. Brendan’s 1500 was his first top 150 World Ranking. TSM’s 4th swimmer to achieve this standard earning us Gold Standard Club Excellence points. TSM is the only team in West Los Angeles to have earned USA Swimming Silver status, not just once but 3 times since 2011.
After choosing a swimming scholarship at the University of Virginia over a spot at Yale, Brendan becomes the 5th male TSM swimmer in 4 years to accept a significant scholarship to a division 1 school. When you take into account that there are less than 50% as many athletic scholarships for boys as girls due to title IX, this is indeed an accomplishment.
Besides his strong showing in the pool, Brendan earned Team USA a Gold medal at the Junior Pan Pacs in the 10k open water.
Finally, Jordan Wilimovsky had the most successful summer of his career. After dropping time at Los Angeles Invite with a win. Jordan improved again at US Senior Nationals missing second place by half a second bettering his time by 19 more seconds. Jordan’s time of 14:56 in the 1500 was his first top 10 World Ranking; good enough to put him on the National Team and a spot on the Australia bound Pan Pacific team in the pool and the open water, the only male swimmer to earn this distinction. His high school senior year summer, Jordan achieved this double honor as a National Junior Team athlete.
As Jordan’s world ranking remained in the top 12 through the end of the season, he is guaranteed to receive Athlete Partnership support from USA Swimming as a potential 2016 Olympian. Jordan has also earned a spot on the 2015 USA Pan Am Games team.
Here is the video from the NBC Broadcast of Jordan's 1500 to qualify for Team USA.
Summer 2014 was fun and fast. Bring on 2014-2015.
TSM Coaching Staff