Our Boys Make Waves at Age Group Champs
Our Boys Make Waves at Age Group Champs
Our LY Piranhas were represented by a rowdy group of eight young men at the Virginia Swimming Age Group Championships held in Christiansburg July 21-24.  They performed admirably and at the end of the weekend had many excellent swims to show for their effort this season.  Here are the highlights by group.
J.C. Gordon had a great meet, swimming all four days. He made it back to finals in the 200 Free, dropped 5 seconds and captured another team record. His time of 2:34.06 is now the time to beat. In addition, by placing 3rd in the 400 Free, the 200 IM and the 200 Free, JC helped propel his team to a 2nd Place finish in the small team division! Congratulations, J.C.!
Jack Mills joined the team on Sunday and swam a strong 100 Back, a fast 50 Fly with near perfect form, and he raced so well in his 100 Free that he made it back to finals. In the finals, Jack dropped over 4 seconds to finish with an impressive 1:10.52. Great job, Jack!
The heat was up, and it wasn’t just the outside temperature. Varsity swimmers were on fire at the Virginia  Age Group Long Course Championships in Christiansburg. Strong training and positive attitudes led  Varsity swimmers to burn 2 minutes and 57 seconds off their previous best times, pick up thirteen new  Zone Championships qualifying times, and post thirty-one personal bests! Highlights include:  
Colby Childress picked up a Zones qualifying time in the 100 back, had a huge 18-second time drop in  the 800, led the LY contingent in a lovely rendition of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” and finished the  meet with six lifetime best swims.
JT Lotz opened the meet on day one with a 10-second improvement in his 1500 free. He followed that  with best times over the weekend in both the 100 breast and 200 breast, and a searing 50 free split in the  13-14 boys 200 free relay. When we were short of available swimmers to count for the distance events,  JT’s good sportsmanship led to a coach from another team gladly jumping up to volunteer to count for  JT’s 800. Thanks for putting LY in such a good light, JT!
Daniel Murray posted best times in every event he swam in prelims. He made finals in two of those  events, the 100 and 200 breast, and swam even faster at night. Daniel made the Zones cut in the 200  breast (he already had the 100 breast), and rested between sessions by binge watching The Office.
Brandon Naylor swam seven out of eight personal bests in prelims and made it back to finals in the 100  fly where he swam another personal best. He also made two Zones cuts, and he can make a good argument for why he is the best Varsity swimmer at flipping Gatorade bottles.
Connor Sauls swam seven out of eight personal bests in prelims and made it back to finals in six events where he went even faster in two of those events, the 50 free and 100 fly. Connor secured his place on  the Zone Championships team by picking up seven additional Zones cuts, and he will be representing  Virginia Swimming at the big meet in New York. Connor also spent time with young LY teammate Jack  Mills, teaching Jack the art of flipping Gatorade bottles.
Daniel Pettyjohn was the lone National group swimmer at the meet and swam lifetime bests in the 100 fly and 100 breast. His real highlight, though, was the 400 free. His long course training this summer  allowed him to smartly pace the race, descend the last three 50s, and drop 6 seconds.