March 27, 2018
Samantha Russell and Jake Riva traveled to Ithaca College for a 4 day weekend of fast swimming at the 2018 Speedo Sectionals.
Hundreds of the region’s top swimmers from the over 100 teams in attendance earned their spot in this prestigious meet. Some of the current record-holders for this meet are names like Michael Phelps and Rebecca Soni. Just qualifying for this meet is an accomplishment. And both swimmers traveled home smiling…
Sam swam 5 Career Best Times, making it to Finals in her 100 Breast, 200 Breast, and 200 IM. Jake swam 8 Bests, and made Finals in his 100 Back, 100 Fly, 100 Free, 200 Back, 200 Free, and 50 Free. He placed in four of those, earning 34 points for NJB.
Swimming in both prelims and finals daily throughout the meet was a grueling achievement for both, but one that wielded much including times for the 2018 USA Swimming Futures Championships on August 2-5 in Richmond, Virginia.
They collectively set 10 new team records, as well.
Congratulations to both of them!