August 6, 2018
Announcing the Mantas Swim Club Swimmers of the Month for July!
The “Swimmer of the Month” will be given to an athlete(‘s) in each training group; Novice, Age Group, Senior 1 & Senior 2, at the end of each month.
Criteria used to award these athletes are:
Attitude & Sportsmanship
Congratulations to the Mantas Swimmers of the Month for July!
Novice – Ruby Lindstrom, Jada Sivertsen, Dylan Vasquez, Jack Swanson, Kamryn Hoffman
It was hard to come up with just one person. So I am breaking the rules and listing all of the Novice swimmers that Swam at the Minnesota Regional Championships.
Ruby Lindstrom is a very hard worker at practice, but she also knows how to make a set fun and is ALWAYS smiling. At MAC’s, she took 4th place in the 100 back with a best time. She also swam two events at MRC’s placing 8th place in the 50 free and 6th place in the 50 back. Both were best times at MRC’s.
Dylan Vasquez swam at the Scheele’s Independence meet and got 5 out of six best times and two “B” times. At MAC’s, he swam 3 out of 4 best times. Dylan was part of the 10 and under state 200 freestyle relay that took 12 place.
Jack Swanson had a great MRC. He won the 100 freestyle, advancing him to the state meet, and got two other state cuts in the 50 free (2nd place) and the 50 back (3rd place). At the state meet he was on the 10 and under 200 freestyle relay and got a best time and the CHAMP cut in his100 freestyle.
Kamryn Hoffman just aged up as a 9 year old right before the meet. Swimming in a new age group, she still had 2 events at MRC’s. She took 8th place in the 50 fly, while also swimming the 50 backstroke. She is one of the hardest working swimmers on the novice team.
Jada Sivertsen also swam at the Scheele’s Independence meet and got 4 out of 6 best times and her first “B” time in the 50 back. At MAC’s she got 6 out of 7 best times.
These swimmers have worked hard all season long to be able to swim at MRC that I had to have them all be swimmer of the month of July. Great Job and see you next season!!!
Coach Paul Vasquez
Age Group – Lauren Henkels
Lauren Henkels has been a great member of Age Group this season. Lauren stepped up to lead her lane, she was always friendly and inviting to new members and branched out and swam in meets. One of Lauren’s most memorable moments out of the water was at the meet in Sioux Falls,SD where she did a little dance to get pumped up for her race. Sioux Falls is where she tried the 200 IM for the first time and did a great job! We can’t wait to see what else Lauren can accomplish in the future!
Coach Daisy Felty
Senior 1 – Libby Bandelin, Hannah Denzer
Libby has had an incredible July. She is consistently at
practice, which has benefitted her swimming immensely! She is
always positive and smiling no matter what I throw at the senior
one group in practice. She attacks practice with such zeal and
ferocity, that often times I get jealous of her work ethic and
attitude! Libby is the ideal swimmer to work with! Great job
Hannah Denzer is also an amazing individual to take note of. She strives in every moment to show a growth mindset on wanting to get better. At MRC’s she missed the 50 free cut and knew without a doubt she could get it if she time trialed. It paid off! Hannah participated in her first State Championships and did awesome. I’m very proud of Hannah and all that she’s accomplished this summer season.
Coach Luke Weyandt
Senior 2 – Logan Gustafson
Logan Gustafson had a break out summer! It was only fitting that he capped off all of his hard work with a trip to the Central Zone Championships competing for Team Minnesota. Logan’s hard work in the pool, and attitude of always wanting to go faster, produced swims that did exactly that. Logan went faster every time he hit the water. Starting at MRC’s, Logan lead off a relay and qualified for the Zones meet in his first swim (100Free). He then swam even faster later in the meet in the official 100Free event. Logan then competed at the Long Course State Championships and went even faster in the 100 to earn a spot as one of the Top 8 boys in his age group in the entire state. Logan’s drive and focus on “what’s next” will bring him great success in the pool. Awesome Job Logan!
Coach Alex Lindstrom