February 12, 2018
The CMA Valentine's Invite was such a fantastic meet for all of the Bronze and Silver swimmers. There are so many great things and some many amazing swims. I am so proud of how well everyone did and how well everyone swam. This was the first meet for Eler Huang and Beatrix and Cordelia Wei. All three did very well and were all smiles for both days of the meet. We had several large time drops too. Aiden Carrell dropped almost 13 seconds in his 50 Backstroke. Lluc Deocon Day dropped 5 seconds in the 50 Back. Eli Marm also dropped 18 seconds in his 50 Back! Beck Waldman took off 7 seconds in his 100 IM. There were so many best times for the Bronze swimmers that they finished the meet with 87% best times. This is the highest it has been for this group, way to go Bronze! The Silver group also swam really well because they were challenged with the 200 Freestyle. There were 7 swimmers who raced this event and each one did phenomenal! Congrats to William, Cooper, Avery, Lucy, Gabe, Sam, and Atticus! I am so proud of each one of you. With this meet it pushed several swimmers closer to finishing their All Swim Challenge for this season. In Bronze there were 2 swimmers that finished their challenge. Congratulations to Eli Marm and Beck Waldman! I had one Silver swimmer finish her All Swim Challenge at this meet. Congratulations to Avery Hill! I have several swimmers in Bronze and Silver that are within 1 or 2 events of finishing their challenges and I believe that we can achieve this at the next meet in March. I am definitely looking forward to that meet and what we accomplish.
This years Valentine's Open was a great opportunity for our Senior swimmers to showcase he improvements that they worked for over the holidays. This meet served as a focus point for many of these swimmers and also a chance to add qualifying times for the Championship meets or to qualify for the first time in new age groups. After the weekend was done, the Seniors had racked up 57 new personal best times. The standouts from the meet were many, with Ysa Carrell and Amaya Porter sharing the top performances with 7 new best times each, which means they improved in every single race they swam in. Ysa posted new best times in the 100 back, 100 breast, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 free, 200 IM and 50 free. Amaya improved in her 100 back, 100 breast, 100 fly, 100 free, 200 back, 200 free, 50 free and 500 free. Following closely behind them we had 3 different swimmers post 6 new best times. For Abigail Wroblewski that also translated into a best time posted in every single race she competed in (100 back, 100 breast, 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast and 200 free). Also posting six new personal bests were Jack Warmack (100 back, 100 breast, 100 free, 200 back 200 breast and 50 free), and Michael Mehall (100 breast, 200 back, 200 breast, 200 free, 200 IM, and 500 free). Dropping 4 new best times were Maggie Frohnhoefer (100 back, 100 fly, 200 back and 500 free), and Issac Eilmes (100 fly, 100 free, 200 IM and the 1650, an event that Isaac swam twice over the course of the weekend). Notching up 3 new PB's were Sal Francis (100 back, 100 breast and 200 free), Mary Roalstad (100 breast, 200 free and 50 free), Bethany Slivka (100 back, 100 fly and 100 free) and Olivia Yoo (100 breast, 200 free and 50 free). Also posting new best times were Ritarka Samanta (100 free and 200 back), Evan Branham (500 free), Caroline Bricker (50 free) and Carsten Erlander (500 free).