August 5, 2019
2019 YMCA LCM Nationals -
One day at a time
by Coach Spire
The first day of the meet went very very good with our 200 free relay setting a new team record. They broke the record that was set at the 2016 YMCA Nationals in Indianapolis. It was a great race and the boys dropped over 2 second and each one did best times. Sam Jackson split was 24.65 which is 2 seconds faster than he swam just a couple of weeks ago. That split is the 2nd fastest relay split we have had in our program. Max is doing the 100 fly this morning and the rest are doing time trials.
Today was just as good maybe even better! On Day 2 we had 3 of the 4 boys doing individual events. Max Miller started the day off by dropping almost 2 seconds off his best 100 butterfly time and set a new team record at 59.30. Next came the time trials for Tom Liraz and Yesh Mandava. Tom swam the 100 butterfly and dropped over 4 seconds and made 2020 Y Nationals cuts. While Yesh did the 100 back and dropped one second and also made 2020 Y Nationals cuts. Don't want to jinx anything but so for all the swimmers in all their events have dropped times and we have two new team records. So far, knock on wood, this is the best swim meet ever. Today is a light day with only the 200 medley relay. We may have some time to visit DC again. We still have two more days after today so more swims to come.
Good Morning from Maryland and Washington. Well the great swims continue into day 3. The 200 Medley Relay drop time, made 2020 YMCA Nationals cuts and set a new team record. Yesh Mandava lead off the relay with the faster backstroke split ever by a YSF Barracudas swimmer. Since we had only one event yesterday we went to Washington DC and did the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in the afternoon. Today is a much busier day with all the swimmers swimming individual events and Max doing the 400 free and 50 fly. We start at 7 am and finish around 3 pm. Two more days and we are hoping to keep it up but everyone is tired. Being tired is not an excuse that why we train hard.
Another good day of swims in Day 4. Best long course time for Max Miller in the 400 free dropping over 3 seconds. In the 50 fly Tom and Max did very well with Max just missing making the finals. Day 4 was the first day where we didn't have best times. They were good swims and almost best times but just short. In the 200 butterfly, one of the hardest swim events Max was only 0.7 seconds from his best long course time. For Tom he was just off his best 200 fly long course time (+1.5) and less than 1 second in the 100 free. Overall we had outstanding performance from all our swimmers. Out of all the events we had only three events where we didn't do best times. Great swims but even better memories. We will be heading back tonight. Thanks for all your support and help.