March 6, 2019
It was said several times prior to Divisionals and needs to be said again now that the meet is over: Thank you to our parents and families for your amazing commitment and dedication to our team and our swimmers. It’s been a long season of hosting meets but Divisionals was another successful effort that set the stage for the kids to shine and achieve their goals and dreams. Below is a message from our outstanding meet directors – Julie Spicer and Emily Wolfe, who deserve many thanks of their own – to our families:
Thank you to ALL of the volunteers that made hosting the 2019 Central Mid Divisional Championships a great success! We could not have done it without the countless volunteer hours that went into planning and working this meet.
We’d like to recognize some people that really went above and beyond, and were willing to spearhead the efforts in different areas of the meet: Josh Buening and Bridget Parker (co-entry chairs & computers), Kevin and Liz Whitacre (concessions), Myra Washum-Beye (hospitality), Molly Wright (awards chair) and Jennifer Buddenbaum (volunteer coordinator).
Also, a big shout out to our announcers, Charley Smith and Marty Spicer, for getting the swimmers to the blocks for their events and for keeping the meet exciting during warm-ups, breaks and awards. Last, but not least, Brooks Longfellow (Meet Ref) and Brenda Fisher (Meet Admin) for their help in keeping the activity in the pool moving smoothly and on time.
Everyone take a long break and get ready for the next home meet in June, 2019!
Julie Spicer & Emily Wolfe
In the pool, it was a tremendously successful weekend for WTSC, with countless breakthrough swims and big moments. WTSC’s 10&Under girls led the charge, with a dominating performance highlighted by two 200 Medley Relays swimming under the Age Group State cut time and ten new individual AG State cuts. Avery Aiello added her name to the Honor Roll with the first three AG State cuts of her career, those coming in the 50 Freestyle, 50 Backstroke and 50 Butterfly. Not to be outdone, Vivian Baker made the first AG State cut of her career in the 100 Butterfly. Kayley Spicer (50 & 100 Butterfly; 200 IM) and Lillian Tabor (50 Freestyle; 50 Backstroke; 100 Breaststroke) each added three new events to their AG State lineups. And in the 200 Medley Relay, the team of Charlotte Buening, Anna Nix, Kayley Spicer and Lillian Tabor took first place with the quartet of Avery Aiello, Vivian Baker, Carlise Leppert and Annie Wolfe finishing in second, both making the AG State cut. The girls took the top two spots in the 200 Freestyle Relay as well, with Vivian Baker, Carlise Leppert, Lillian Tabor and Annie Wolfe touching first and the team of Avery Aiello, Ruby Brown, Charlotte Buening and Anna Nix finishing second.
Amelia Smith had an outstanding weekend, making her first AG State cuts of the season in the 50 & 100 Freestyle and 50 & 100 Butterfly, with her 50 Freestyle time also achieving a Zones cut. Katie Countryman added her name to the AG State roster with a new cut in the 50 Butterfly and Tyler Diercks added his name to the Honor Roll, making the first Senior State cut of his career in the 200 Backstroke.
WTSC swimmers were regulars on the awards podium, with the following swimmers taking the top spot with their first-place finishes: Avery Aiello (50 & 100 Freestyle; 50 Backstroke; 50 Butterfly), Charlotte Buening (50 Breaststroke), Katie Countryman (500 Freestyle; 50 Butterfly), Tyler Diercks (200 Backstroke; 100 Breaststroke), Kayley Spicer (100 Backstroke; 100 Butterfly; 200 IM) and Lillian Tabor (100 Breaststroke). An updated Honor Roll is posted at the pool and on the club website. Check it out for these highlights and many more from an outstanding weekend and an outstanding start to the Championship Season for WTSC.
Thank you again for your time and energy this weekend. And as always, thank you for your support and GO WTSC!
Coach Josh Saylor