CARDS kick off Champ Season, 3rd PLACE TEAM at STATE!

What a LC Champ season we have had so far!  Our Championship season kicked off with our 13&Over and 12&Under State Meets.  I would DEFINITELY have to say, if there was a trophy for MOST SPIRITED team, we would win hands down!!!  The swimmers really embraced the Hawaiian theme, and with the addition on Coach Kevin’s Tiki, it was a HUGE success!  Our swimmers do an AMAZING job of cheering each other on and celebrating great swims by their teammates...something that is missing among most teams.  We also have GRATITUDE towards our volunteers.  One of the timers from another team at the 13&O meet, came to tell me that one of our swimmers THANKED them for volunteering to be a timer.  That meant sooo much to that lady…she even shared it with her owns swimmers team, telling them what “class” our team showed.  I couldn’t be more proud to be a Cardinal Aquatics coach!!!  Our swimmers are amazing inside of the pool and out!

Highlights from the 13&Over meet were:

RELAYS!!!  We were STATE CHAMPIONS in 12 of the 16 relays!  That is a TRUE team effort!  Our 13-14 Boys set 2 STATE RECORDS:  Charlie Blevins, Max Brown, Blake Whiteley, and John Hayes….WAY TO GO, BOYS!!

Our State Champions:

Ashley Zapata, Liza Susarova, Eden Humphrey, John Hayes, Blake Whiteley, Ella Welch, Charlie Blevins, Krista Wheeler…CONGRATS, CARDS!

Many of our 13&Overs on NOT finished, yet! 

US Nationals in Irvine, CA, begin Wednesday, July 24th…Gabi Albiero, Krista Wheeler, and Kaylee Wheeler (as well as Kelsi Worrell Dahlia) will be representing the CARDS!!  Swim Fast, Ladies!!!

Futures Championships begin Thursday, August 2nd in Cary, NC!  We have a large group attending, 19 swimmers:  Lauren Ashton, Charlie Blevins, Jacob Dray, Michael Eastman, John Hayes, Emma Hixenbaugh, Erin Hixenbaugh, Anna Hogan, Rachel Howard, Rachel Hughes, Eden Humphrey, Michael Jones, Zorry Mason, Egor Novodarsky, Liza Susarova, Kelly Tichenor, Ella Welch, Kenton Whiteley, and Ashley Zapata….GO GETTUM, CARDS!!!

Zones:  Emma Pagni will be representing KY as part of the KY Zone Team headed to Texas, July 31st!  SWIM FAST and HAVE FUN, Emma!!

Our 12&Unders, although small in numbers, were key in keeping us in the Top 3 for overall team finish!  RELAYS were important, once again, as all of our relays (except 1 DQ'ed for an early take off) scored in the TOP 8, brining home LOTS of hardware!!

Major individual point scorers for the CARDS were:  George Kudmani 121, Noelle Adams 74, Sophia Altstadt 45, Tucker Bailey 46, Preston Dean 82, Amelie Beck 7, Matt Federico 14, Hayden Kennedy 23, and Mallie Whiteley 3.....AWESOME JOB, CARDS!!  Overall we had a 92% time drop from our swimmers....THAT'S INCREDIBLE!!

Again, we have some AMAZING swimming still left to do....follow Cardinal Aquatics on Facebook for the daily updates and photos!!  We are so proud of ALL of our swimmers.  They worked extremely hard this summer!  We hope you enjoy a few weeks left of the summer, and can't wait to start our Short Course season!

Blessings, coach amy