December Swimmers of the Month

National: Mahlon Reihman
Mahlon had an excellent month of training and his hard work was rewarded at the RMSC meet.  Mahlon achieved best times in the 100 Fly, 50 Free, 100 Free, and 200 IM.  In the 100 Freestyle, his time of 45.57 broke the PAAC team record!  Mahlon also earned Winter Junior National Cuts in the 100 and 200 Free.  He was also a member of the 200 Free and 400 Medley Relays that broke PAAC Team Records.  Great job, Mahlon!

Senior: Annika Gally
Annika competed at the NLAC Meet earlier in the month and went 5/5 in earning lifetime best times!  Notably, Annika dropped over 2 seconds in each the 200 IM and the 200 back.  She consistently works hard at practices and has transitioned nicely into the PAAC program.  Keep up the great work, Annika!

Gold: Matthew J. Greer
Matthew has near-perfect attendance at practice on the season and December was no exception.  Matthew consistently leads or is near the front of his lane and pushes himself daily.  At the RMSC Meet, Matthew dropped time in every single event he swam.  He dropped over 50 seconds in his mile, 34 seconds in his 1000, 8 seconds in his 200 breaststroke, and 15 seconds in his 500 Free.  His 500 free time of 5:00.01 and his 200 IM time of 2:04.54 were two of the highlights from a great meet.  Awesome work, Matt!
Silver: John Fahrney
John is a completely different swimmer than he was when he joined the Silver Group in March.  John used to be intimidated by practices and did not enjoy distances over 100 yards.  He has transformed into a work horse, has developed a thicker skin and responds well to constructive criticism.  He is always ready to attack practice.  This past month, John qualified for the RMSC meet in multiple events and saw huge drops in everything he swam.  We are very proud of his continuing transformation into a confident leader of the group and look forward to further improvement.  Way to go, John!
Bronze: Natalie Cheplick
There are so many things Natalie does well in the sport of swimming at such a young age. This is her first year competing in USAS swim meets and she has achieved a Silver cut every time she has entered the water for the first time. She participated in a couple of meets in December. First, she qualified for the RMSC meet and held her own while swimming 3 personal bests, which included a sensational 6 second drop in the 100 Back. She also attended the Alloy Alliance Meet at Freedom High School where her father swam (many years ago). Her time in the 200 Free was not only a personal best, but it earned her 1st place overall in the 9-10 Girls division, and it was her first “A” time. She also earned a Silver cut in the 200 IM. One of Natalie’s great attributes is that she is very coachable and works hard to improve. I predict many great things to come for her.
STARs: Tegan Evans
Tegan is one of the youngest STARs members in our group, just turning 8 in early December. She started with PAAC in the Fall session of 2016 and has improved dramatically in a short few months. Tegan’s improvement is mainly due to her outstanding attendance record and passion for swimming. Almost every practice Tegan is first on deck ready and excited for that day of swimming. She listens exceptionally well to instruction and correction, never getting frustrated and always staying positive. Tegan has also competed in three meets since her start with PAAC, obtaining new and best times every meet. One of her best accomplishments to date is her butterfly stroke technique, resulting in dropping over 11 seconds in the 25 butterfly in just a month’s time. Congratulations and keep up the great work Tegan!        
Instructional: Samuel Korman
Sam Korman started swimming with PAAC in the Fall session of 2016. He has been a great addition to our instructional group, picking up stroke technique and skills very quickly. Sam has progressed to the leader of his lane in a short amount of time. He has even competed in his first meet with PAAC this past month. Legally obtaining best times in all four strokes! Sam is an absolute pleasure to coach, always paying close attention to the instructions taught and executing them correctly. With all this energy and commitment, I am really excited to see what the future brings. Congratulations Sam!