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14 & Under Junior Olympic Champs Meet Review

The 2018 14 & Under Junior Olympic Championships are finished and our 2017 - 2018 TTST Short Course Season is quickly coming to an end.  The last SCY club championship meet that we will attend this season is 14 & Under South West Age Group Regionals coming up the 3rd weekend of March in Clovis.  We have 6 swimmers attending and a few others thinking about it.  The Far Westerns at the beginning of April will be any TTST club swimmers last chance to post new SCY times before the season officially ends and our 2018 LCM season begins in April.

The Junior Olympic Meet was as extreme as the weather.  The swimmers battled the cold and their nerves to post some impressive results, and a few that we wont talk about in the review.  The meet had it all, and I think the best part of that is the mental strength the swimmers can take away from a meet like this.  We did have some outstanding performances:

  • There were 22 new season leader board times posted.
  • Emma Purdy posted a new all time team record in the 13 - 14 Girls 50 yd Freestyle by going :25.09.  She takes down Kate Rye's old mark of :25.23.  
  • The 13 - 14 Girls relays swam to a 2nd place finish in the 200 Freestyle Relay just missing our team record set back in Washington this last January.  They swam to a 3rd place finish in the 400 Freestyle Relay just missing our team record set back in Washington in 2016.  

Honor Board:

Claire Rumzie showed what "wanting to race" is about!  She has been with TTST since the fall but focuses largely on her ski racing.  It was a pleasure to see her enthusiasm to swim fast, and showed just how much of a mental game swimming can be.  She made finals with best times in the all her individual races 50, 100, and 200 Freestyles, and she was a major contributor to speeding up the relays.  But for me it was her positive attitude, and mental choice to swim fast that was most impressive.

Another standout race, and swimmer that showed how badly she wanted to be there was Maris Durant-Bender.  She had one race in the 200 Freestyle on Friday.  Dad fought the snowstorm to arrive on time, Maris raced the 200 for 2:44 seconds, and they headed back through the storm to get home.  Maris conquered with a big drop in time for her one race!  

Boys Swimmer of the Meet:  Asher Kates.  Asher had a full load with 7 events and posted best times in all but one event!  He made finals in 3 events and even took 3rd place in the 200 yard Butterfly.  

Girls Swimmer of the Meet:  Alyssa Hynes.  Alyssa posted outstanding performances in her two events 200, and 100 Breaststroke.  In the 200 she dropped from a 2:46 to a 2:40 in a stellar swim.  The time qualified her for SWAGR and it was her first ever USA A time!  Alyssa has dropped over :20 seconds in her 200 Breaststroke this SCY season.  

Nearly every swimmer that attended did have a best time to report.  It was a a great showing for TTST.  To put in in perspective, USA swimming does a Virtual Club Championship scoring for age group programs.  It takes all your top 2 age group times and arrives at a cumulative score from their Power Points added together.  After these championships TTST is at our highest VCC score for at least the last 4 years with over 59,000 points.

Thank you Jenah for helping me coach, our parents for timing, and our TTST officials at this years Championships!

Swim on,