March Swimmers of the Month
April 9, 2016
National: Mahlon Reihman
Mahlon finished a season of hard work very strongly at Districts, States, and Sectionals. He was a two time District Champ in both the 200 Free and 100 Free. He carried that momentum into the PIAA State Meet and won states in both of those events as well. Mahlon also competed at Sectionals in Richmond, Virginia at the end of the month where he swam to lifetime bests in 4 different events and earned a Winter Junior National cut in the 200 Free and broke and is closing in on several Summer Junior National cuts as well. Keep up the great work, Mahlon!
Senior: Marisa Linsky
Marisa competed at both Districts and Senior Champs this past month. At Silver Champs, she earned best times in the 500 free, 100 free, 200 free, 50 free, 200 back, and 200 IM. She qualified for finals in nearly every event and won the 200 back! Marisa always has consistent attendance at practice and works hard while she's there. It was great to see her efforts pay off this month.
Gold: Justin Toomey
Justin capped off a very successful short course season with a fantastic meet at Junior Olympics. Justin started the weekend by dropping over 35 seconds in his 1000 freestyle and placing 4th. He proceeded to drop time in the 200 free, 100 IM, 200 Back, 50 Breast, 200 Breast, and the 1650 Free (in which he finished 4th) over the course of the weekend. He was a part of four relays which placed in the top 4 at the meet. His would be impressive for any swimmer, but it was especially exciting considering Justin is only 11 and thus in the "bottom" of the 11-12 age group for his events. Justin's 1000 and 1650 time were fast enough to have him finish in the Top 10 nationally for his age group. Aside from his results, Justin has near perfect attendance and works hard every single day. He pushes himself and those around him to be better and we are incredibly proud of his accomplishments!
Silver: Nathan Harris
The Silver group's Swimmer of the Month for March was Nathan Harris. Nathan had a huge month filled with lifetime bests among other achievements. Beginning with Junior Olympics, Nathan was a relay member as well as a finalist in both 50 and 100 backstroke, dropping multiple seconds off his best times in each swim. He then took that momentum into Silver Champs two weeks later. Nathan had a huge meet, earning JO cuts in the 100 and 400 I.M. as well as the 50 and 100 Butterfly, while making finals in each event. To cap off a great meet, he won the 11-12 boys 200 Backstroke, erasing over 15 seconds off his previous best. Nathan was awarded for being the high point scorer out of all the 11-12 boys at the meet. We are very proud and excited for his success and continued improvement.
Bronze: Garrity Ford
Garrity moved to the Lehigh Valley area from Virginia in January and she has been a welcome addition to PAAC. I quickly learned she had a great deal of talent and a great deal of determination. She set goals to qualify for SCY JO’s and did so in 4 events. She swam personal bests in 3 of her events. Most notable was her result in the 50 Back, where she finished in 4 th place and established a new team record. Her exploits during the month of March were not done as she entered in 6 events at Silver Champs. After the meet was finished, she had 6 more personal bests and 2 more non-conforming cuts for LCM JO’s.
Stars: Roman Herman
The Stars swimmer of the month for March is Roman Herman. Roman has really showed immense improvement this month. He exemplifies leadership every day at practice with his dedication and eagerness to learn. He competed all three days at Mini Champs, swimming ten events and obtaining life time bests in six of those events. Roman’s practice attendance has been almost perfect, always walking in with a huge smile on his face. It has truly been a pleasure to coach Roman and I’m excited to see what the future holds.
Instructional: Farrah Hahn
Farrah Hahn is one of the youngest swimmers on PAAC, at age five. Over the past six months, she's rarely missed a practice and it has shown in her improvement. Farrah is an eager learner and can swim freestyle and backstroke well, and breaststroke and butterfly are improving over time. She often times wants to swim more and more butterfly until she gets the rhythm correctly! Even when we offer her a break, she always says she wants to keep going. She had a fantastic performance at the PAAC mini meet in February and we expect more and more improvement every day. Farrah is a natural swimmer and has a wonderful attitude as a member of the Instructional group! Keep swimming, Farrah!