December 7, 2016
National: Tommy Madigan
This is Tommy's first year training with PAAC and he has already made a serious impression. Tommy's hard work early in the Fall earned him a "promotion" to the National Group and he has not let up since. Over the past month, Tommy has earned best times in the 200 Free, 500 Free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 breast, and 200 IM. We are very excited to see his continued progress.
Senior: Dillon Scott
Dillon has had great attendance and always gives a total effort at practice. Even though he is the youngest member of the Senior Group, he has demonstrated maturity and leadership through his superb work ethic. Over the past month, he has obtained best times in 200 IM, 200 Free, 100 Free, 50 Free, and 100 back. Great job, Dillon!
Gold: Eric Camden
Eric has dedicated himself this fall to attending practice 5 times a week, and has even sacrificed out of town trips to do so! He is consistently leading his lane, and has continued to work on his weaknesses. He had all best times at both the PAAC Fall Harvest Meet and his Fall season culminated in a fantastic NLAC Meet, where he went a perfect 7/7 in lifetime bests. Notably, he broke 27 in the 50 free, easily broke 1:00 in the 100 free, and dropped a whopping 11 seconds in his 200 IM. Awesome work, Eric!
Silver: CeCe Traub
CeCe is our youngest swimmer in the Silver group, but she is one of the most dedicated and hard-working kids in the entire group. Her attendance record has been in the top percentile among her peers, and we can always count on seeing her at those tough Saturday morning practices with a smile on her face. Her performance in meets has been a direct result of her hard work in practice, and she has already attained numerous Junior Olympic cuts. She may be the youngest among our Silver kids, but she has clearly established herself as a leader within the group. We are excited to see what the future holds for you, CeCe! Keep up the great work!
Bronze: Julian Vlaeminck
Julian is new to the club this year and he has developed quite a list of accolades in the 3 short months of swimming so far. In November, he attended two meets, and he achieved personal bests in all of the events he swam in. The total amount of time dropped in those 12 events was approximately 30 seconds, which is extraordinary considering he is swimming primarily 50’s and100’s. In the inaugural Alloy Alliance meet, he finished 1st place in his age group for all 4 events. During the PAAC Fall Harvest meet, he achieved 3 more Silver cuts, bringing his personal total to 11. At present, he is the group’s fastest 9&10 year-old in the 50 and 100 Back, the 50 and 100Fly, and the 100 IM. He is full of energy, always bringing his “A” game to practices and to meets.
STARs: Kyle Chi
Kyle Chi is one of the newest members to the STARs group and to PAAC. He has come in with something to prove. From day one Kyle has been dedicated to learning and developing his strokes and techniques. He holds the best attendance record for the STARs group since September. That also includes all those Saturday practices at Muhlenberg! Not only is his attendance great but he has made it a point to participate in as many swim meets as possible, racing in as many events that are allowed. This has enabled him to improve in his times, compete in an array of events, and most importantly, build confidence through experience. Kyle has become a pleasure to coach and we are excited to see what the future holds. Congrats Kyle!!!
Instructional: Veda Gandhi
Veda’s stroke and technique have improved greatly over the past few months. She is in attendance for almost every practice and is very close to being legal in all four strokes. I can tell when I am coaching Veda how dedicated she is to learning and developing. She is always listening very well to instruction and performs any correction given with ease. In October, Veda attended her very first swim meet. Since then, has attended an additional swim meet in November, improving her times further. I am very proud of her progress so far and I am excited to see her continued success in the sport. Congrats Veda!!!