March 1, 2016
March 2016 Swimmers of the Month
These swimmers were chosen by our coaching staff on the basis of their attendance, attitude, effort and performance in the month of February. Congratulations, everyone!
National - Devin Creger. Devin has been an exceptionally hard worker all season long, and he was able to see that pay off in a big way at the VHSL State Championships. There, he improved his 200 IM by over 3.5 seconds. That is impressive, but even more so considering that he had dropped almost 3 seconds just two weeks prior at the HS Regional meet. His time of 1:57.17 also shattered the 2-minute barrier that he had been chasing. To top it all off, Devin dropped over 5 seconds in his 500 free at the State meet, snagging 3rd place overall at 4:41.49. It was a great senior year for Devin, and he isn't done yet as he seeks to destroy his personal best times in a variety of events at the Y Regional meet next week.
Varsity - Tara Enneking. Early this short course season, Tara got in a cycling accident that kept her out of the pool for six weeks. She kept a positive attitude through her surgery and rehab, worked on her conditioning on land when she couldn’t be in the water, and smiled through the exhausting first days back in the pool. Unfortunately, she had to miss our Winter Invitational, but she handled that setback well, too. February everything finally came together for Tara. She dropped 2 seconds in her 200 IM, broke the 6 minute mark in the 500 free, picked up a double A time in the 15-16 girls 50 free, and earned a triple A time in the 100 breast at the high school state championships. But her greatest February accomplishment has to be the moment when she finally mastered using hand paddles in workout! Congratulations, Tara, and thanks for bringing your positive attitude to the Varsity squad!
Gold - Sage Searwar. We are lucky to have several Searwars on our team and like his siblings Sage is very dedicated to his sport. This year Sage has worked in every practice to improve his strength and endurance. He has become a strong breaststroker by improving his technique and power. He can always be counted on to know the set and lead his lane on the correct interval, serving as a positive example for his teammates who haven't yet mastered that skill! Congratulations, Sage! Keep working hard!
Silver - Lauren Mazur. Lauren works very hard in practice and it shows every time she competes. At the Blue Ridge meet, she learned to accelerate in and out of her turns and almost 4 seconds in her 100 back, qualifying her for the Regional meet. She also stepped up big in her 500 free and dropped an impressive 56 seconds to finish in 7:48.93. Awesome, Lauren!
Bronze - Anna Mills. Anna has been focusing on improving her strokes at practice lately and it showed at the GATR meet. She swam her best time in the 100 free by over 3 seconds at 1:37 and also dropped time in the 25 breast and where she was racing tough! Keep up the good work Anna and you will keep climbing the mountain to the top!