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July 2016 Swimmers of the Month

July 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 June.  Congratulations, everyone!

National - Daniel Pettyjohn.  Daniel is the youngest member of the National group, a fact that he embraces with dogged determination as he races his older peers each day at practice.  Daniel has been working very hard past few months and has really excelled in long course thus far.  In Cary, he raced to lifetime bests in 6 different events out of the 8 he swum, including one in every stroke (except freestyle) and IM.  He has been really working on improving his freestyle at practice, and it is heading in the right direction.  Keep up the good work, Daniel!

Varsity - Ellie Eckert. Ellie is thriving in the long course pool. At the Meet on the Hill in May, she swam the 200 meter breast and the 200 meter fly for the first time, and she dropped an average of 9 seconds per event in each of her other races. At the Titans meet in June, Ellie dropped an additional 36 seconds across six events, and made finals in five of those events. Ellie is energetic in practice and pushes herself. One of her teammates says, “Ellie works hard, so that inspires us.” Ellie also helps her teammates out by spreading her can-do attitude. It’s not unusual for a non-butterflyer lanemate to choose fly in a choice stroke set after hearing Ellie’s encouragement. Ellie enjoys distance swims the most and says one of her happy swim moments in June was our distance freestyle practice that culminated in a timed 1500 free. Thanks, Ellie, for working hard, keeping a positive attitude, and encouraging your teammates. Congratulations!

Gold - JC Gordon. The reason? JC brought the fight to the TAC Titans Triangle Classic Swim meet in Cary, NC! JC swam a 5:23.25 in the 400m Free, bettering the LY team record that has stood since 2012. JC heard the crowd cheering for him and turned on the afterburners! With a few weeks until his championship meet, JC’s got time to train to maybe break some other team records this season. Congratulations, JC! Keep working hard!