August 9, 2019
Empire swimmers finished off their long course season with impressive performances at both the USA Swimming Futures Championships in Geneva, Ohio and the Florida International Championships in Clearwater, Florida resulting in winning both meets and posting numerous team records.
Along with winning the Futures Championships for the third year in a row, Empire swimmers took 1st place in the men’s high point, and 2nd place in the women’s high point at the meet. Liam Bogart took 1st place in the individual men’s high point, setting new team records in five events: 400 IM (4:30.38), 400 Free (4:01.28), 800 Free, (8:26.79), 200 Back (2:04.10), and 100 Back (57.10). New records were also set by Jon Ma in the 100 Fly (56.72), Kymani Senior in the 50 Free (23.75), Aidan Wilson in the 1500 Free (16:14.28), and Josie Panitz in the 100 Breast (1:11.87). The men’s 400 medley relay squad of Liam Bogart, Jack Kelly, Jon Ma, and Tim Cushman set a new pool record at the meet, along with a new Empire team record of 3:50.74. The 400 Free Relay squad of Kymani Senior, Liam Bogart, Tim Cushman, and Andrew Holzman set a new team record of 3:31.18.
Florida International Championships
At the Florida International Championships, Empire also won the overall meet with the women coming in 1st place and the men coming in 3rd place. Individual high point honors went to Sara Ketron and Brice Pierce in the 13-14 age group, and to Emily Ketron & Ursula Ott who tied in the 11-12 division. New Empire team records were set by Aidan Moy in the 11-12 100M Butterfly (1:10.36), and Ursula Ott in the 11-12 50 Breast (32.42). Congratulations to Sara Ketron, Jake Timblick, and Sam Andrews on getting their first ISCA Junior National cuts, and to Grace Kujawski, Olivia Lind and Sam Andrews on getting their first Futures Championship cuts.