December Swimmers of the Month
December 6, 2016
December 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 November. Congratulations, everyone!
Bronze - Jake Watson! After doing so well in the Quad meet in October – swimming his first 100 IM and 100 Back, and also taking seconds off in his 100 and 50 Free, Jake came to practice with a whole new attitude. He was suddenly so excited about swimming! Ever since then, he has walked into practice with a smile on his face and an attitude that is willing to try anything his coaches ask of him. He even gets excited about swimming 500s! Keep up the good work, Jake! We love having you as part of our Bronze group.
Silver - Ellie Salazar! There are so many great things to be said about Ellie – she is a joy to work with! She has such a beautiful stroke, one that is enjoyable to watch over and over again. She is a hard worker, always taking the advice that her coaches give her to heart and really trying to improve in her swimming. Ellie has competed in all of our meets so far this season, continuously taking seconds off in all of her events. She continues to progress as the weeks go by and we look forward to seeing where all this hard work takes her. Congratulations, Ellie!
Gold - Brendan Whitfield. Brendan’s focus and commitment in practice make him a great teammate. When he’s leading his lane, swimmers in his group work hard right along with him. And while he’s proud of his success, his attitude is always “I can do better!” And he does do better- at every meet. Dropping time in his events even as he is focusing on keeping his technique strong. His improved balance and feel for the water is evident in all four strokes. As he has gained experience, Brendan has been able to take advantage of his height, putting those long arms and legs to work for him. Brendan’s hard work resulted in him achieving qualifying times for 8 Capital Classic events. Congratulations, Brendan! Keep up the good work!
Varsity - Daniel Murray. Daniel is a very focused young man. He has been training above and beyond this month, and is an exemplary practice swimmer. He does well at meets, too; at the BASS meet, he won the 13-14 boys' 200 breaststroke event and dropped an incredible 12 seconds in his 200 fly. Dan's prime events are the breaststroke and IM races, and he looks poised to make a big impact in those events this season!
National - Morgan Whitfield. Morgan had a terrific month of November. At the BASS Turkey Classic meet, he posted 5 new lifetime best times, including a huge 7 second drop in his 500 freestyle. His commitment to training at an increasingly higher level each week is paying dividends and definitely been noticed by his teammates. In his first short course season as part of the National group, he has regularly been training on the top interval. There are no doubt big things coming in the future for this young man!