July 31, 2019
Last weekend marked the last weekend of the summer long course season and featured the Illinois Age Group State Meet, the premier meet for 14 & under athletes in the state of Illinois. Coaches were extremely thrilled with the showing that the Hornet Swim Club had, finishing in 15th place amongst over 90 teams scoring 492 points in total. This was our 5th State Meet in a row finishing in the top 18 in the state! This is a tremendous feat considering there are at least 15 teams in the state that double HOSC in size!
On to the Individual Accomplishments! Lots to go through here, but nothing stood out more than our 10-year-old Luke Vatev breaking a 30-year-old state record in the 10 & Under Boys 100 Meter Free. Luke’s time of 1:04.26 puts him amongst the tops in the country! Luke swam 6 other events as well, and in total he finished 1st in 6 races, and was merely touched out in the 50-fly finishing 2nd and setting new team records in all 7 races. For the 2nd State Meet in a row, Luke won the 10 & Under High Point award as well like last short course season. Coincidentally his older brother Matt accomplished the same feat in 2018, winning both high point awards during the year! So that makes 4 high point awards at the state meet for these brothers, with definitely more to come!
Also competing in our 10 & Under division was Maya Szafran in the 10 & Under Girls 100 back! This was Maya’s 1st state meet swimming an individual race and she did a tremendous job finishing 40th overall! Great season Maya!
Next up was our busy busy 11-12-year-old division, featuring 5 individual state qualifiers and 4 relays! On the girl’s side, Maya Homberg came out with a great swim in the grueling 200 butterfly to just narrowly miss the evening finals, finishing 21st overall! Lanie Chen made the Consolation finals in 5 of her 7 races, with top 20 finishes in the 50-100-200 Free, 50 Fly, and 200 IM. Then we also had Kamile Zinis looking to bounce back from the short course state meet where she competed with a horrendous fever all weekend. Kamile rocked in, finishing 9th in the 100 Free and 50 Back, 8th in the 50 Free (new Team Record), 6th in the 100 Back, and 11th in the 50 Fly. Kamile also competed in both the 200 IM and 200 Free, finishing 23rd and 34th in those 2 events!
On the Boys side we had Sean Noller, like Maya, swimming the ever so fun 200-meter Fly. Sean qualified for this swim at the Munster Last Chance Time Trial and dropped even more time at the meet, finishing 39th overall! Then we had Matt Vatev who was looking to do some damage as an 11-year-old in the 11-12 division. Matt finished in the top 11 in every race taking 4th in the 100/200 Breast, 6th in the 50 Breast and 200 IM, 7th in the 50/100 Free, and 11th in the 200 Free. His swims in the 50-100 Frees were both team records as well as the 200 Breast. Great meet Matt!
We also had four 11-12 relays swimming over the weekend. Both boys and girls competed in the 400-meter free relay and 400-meter medley relay. The Girls Free Relay quartet made up of Lanie, Kamile, Gabriella Thanos, and Mia Rogers finished 9th overall while the Boys relay made up Matt, Sean, Andrew Petersen, and Aidan Meyer took 11th overall! Sunday was the medley relay, and we had Maya Homberg teaming up with Kamile, Lanie, and Gabby to take 18th overall! On the boy’s side Justin Roddy came in to join Matt, Sean, and Andrew to take 21st!
Last but not least was our 13-14 girls! We had 4 girls in this division competing in individual events as well as a 400 Medley Relay. Andrea Paradis and Laura Misiunas teamed up to do some serious damage in the breaststroke events, with Andrea taking 6th and Laura 14th in the 100 Breast, and in the 200 Breast Andrea took 6th again with Laura 13th. Audrey Dolak was there on Thursday for the Girls 100 back in Audrey’s 1st state meet as a 13-14 and Audrey had a great 100 Back finished 40th overall. On Sunday, Olivia Roti was back in form less than a year after surgery to get back to her distance ways taking 16th overall in the girls 800 meter free in a new team record! Way to go girls! This fabulous foursome also formed a great 400 medley relay taking 25th overall in the state!
Again, Hornet coaches couldn’t have been happier with the way the meet went, and the amazing sportsmanship consistently shown throughout the meet by our athletes. Keep up the great work and we look forward to an even better showing next year in our short course state meet!