October 21, 2019
ASC improved 156 of 212 events for 74% best times with 28 new swims and only 9 DQ’s. Checking the last few years reports our improvement rate is about the same, but our DQ’s are significantly lower. We have written about “only” 25 or so DQ’s in past ASC kick off meets and this year we had 9. We tried something new. In the past, we tried to get everyone, including the newest swimmers, ready for all events. This year you might notice the first timers swam mostly free or back events. We haven’t done much with the other strokes yet, but the results have been good. Our newer swimmers were much more prepared for the two or three events they raced. We do promise to start working on the other strokes and prepare everyone for the IM, but some of these strokes come a bit slower for some.
Over the past few years our trend for a “normal” meet will be a bit lower than the percentage of best times recorded here. It is a new season, some of the kids have grown and we hope over the past 6 weeks we have been getting them in better condition and with better technique. We will continue to condition and train their technique, but it won’t be as easy to get best times every time. In fact, comparing to converted long course times or some championship swims from the past summer, our best times percentage would be lower. Since we normally train for the championship at the end of the year, this is normal. On the positives, we looked good as a team top to bottom. As our swimmers try new events and of course improve in all events, more new and best times will happen. Judging from the other teams performances, they too will have positive reports from our meet.
It would be appropriate to thank all the helpers we had at this time for our meet. Included in this were a few HS girls who took time from their season to help us out, so thanks to Peyton Mader, Emily and Katelyn Jadin and Jocelyn McNicoll. Jackson Hodek also helped with getting especially the younger boys to their events in the morning session. Also thanks to Mr. Teske whose invaluable help with the computer helps us run this meet. Thanks to you all for putting on a fine first meet.
We have also been working on longer strokes with our more advanced groups and we have quite a few more swimmers now breaking 6 minutes in the 500 FR and breaking a minute in the 100 FR. These are some nice benchmarks for any swimmer. Erin Schuch, Anthony Hendrickson and Andrew Hodek broke 6 for the first time and Anthony and Maia Smet broke a minute.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a report without a record being broken, and Kate Schmoll took down 4 team records. The 50 Fly was a 10 year old record, the 100 Fly and 100 BR were records she improved, and the 100 IM was a year-old record. As these records are getting a bit harder, we might not always be reporting broken records as we might be used to.
We also have some new state cuts including Grant Seeling, who in his first meet qualified for the 12 & U Single Age state championships. Talen Coppens also qualified in the same 25 Backstroke. Barrett Van Laanen got new cuts in the 100 IM and 50 Fly, Nick Hodek and Tommy McNicoll got new 50 BK cuts as 11 year old swimmers. Katelyn Seder got a new 50 FR cut and Kara Schmoll a new 100 IM cut. This championship is a relatively new one in Wisconsin Swimming and we hope to have swimmers sign up for this meet this year.
There are other meets where qualifying times are required. One is the Western Great Lakes Open in November, a prelim/final meet where we already have asked for commitments as it fills quickly. Friday's prelims race Saturday and Saturday's prelims race Sunday. They do Aussie Skins for senior 50 event finalists. Maia Smet swam her 100 FR to a WGLO cut.
The Arena Challenge is another prelim/final meet in December which qualifying times are required. Anthony Hendrickson and Andrew Hodek got their 50 and 100 FR cuts, Alex Smits the 500 FR, 100, 50 FR and 100 BR cuts, Madison Seder a new 100 FR cut, Maia Smet a new 500 FR, 100 Fly and 100 BK cut, Erin Schuch a new 500 FR cut.
Mid-States All Stars will be a January meet where if selected swimmers will represent Team Wisconsin against some of the best age group swimmers in the Midwest. If invited, this would be a great honor.
In February the qualifying prelim/final meet right before our championship season is the A+ meet, and Alex earned the 500 FR cut, Kate Schmoll a new 100 BR cut.
Our championship season is in February and March and we will be compiling state qualifiers soon. Regionals is February 21-23 in Fond du Lac, and is a "last chance" to qualify for the state championships. Anyone can go, and it is the end of our regular season. Those qualified may race at 12 & U State Feb 28-March 1 or 13 & Over State March 5-8. Those qualifying for Senior Sectionals would race March 12-15.
Our New and Improved List:
Grace Aichele swam a new 200 IM and improved 100 BK, 100 BR & 50 FR
Charles Ambrosius improved 100 Fly
Elodie Beno improved 100 & 200 FR
Parker Bohm improved 100 IM, 200 FR and 50 Fly
Isaiah Clayton swam a new 200 FR and improved 100 IM, 50 BR, 50 Fly and 50 FR
Neveah Clayton improved 200 FR, 500 FR, 50 FR and 50 BK
Kaige Coppens improved 50 BR and 50 Fly
Talen Coppens improved 25 BK, 25 BR, 25 Fly and 25 FR. His 25 BK is fast enough for the December State Sprint meet
Mo Couch improved 50 BK, 50 BR, 50 Fly, 50 FR and 500 FR
Navi Fischer-Cornelius improved 50 BK, 50 Fly and 50 FR
Madelyn Flannigon improved 50 BR and 50 Fly
Marilla Garrigan improved 50 BK and 50 Fly
Anthony Hendrickson swam a new 200 BR and improved 100 Fly, 100 FR, 50 FR and 500 FR
Natalie Hendrickson swam a new 50 FR and 25 Fly and improved 25 BK and 25 FR
Berritt Herr improved 100 Fly, 200 BK, 200 BR and then swam a faster 100 Fly improving her 400 IM
Cooper Herr improved 100 Fly, 100 FR and 50 FR
Andrew Hodek improved 100 BK, 100 Fly, 100 FR, 50 FR and 500 FR
Jackson Hodek improved 100 BK, 100 BR, 100 Fly, 100 FR, 200 FR and 500 FR
Nick Hodek improved 100 IM, 50 BK, 50 BR, 50 Fly, earning a new December State cut in the 50 BK
Ben Hutto improved 50 BR
Kayla Jacquette improved 100 IM, 200 FR, 50 BK, 50 Fly and 50 FR
Alex Jadin swam his first meet in the 25 BK and 25 FR
Ryan Jadin improved 50 BK, 50 BR, 50 Fly, 50 FR and 500 FR
Braeden Janssen swam new times in 100 BK, 100 FR and 500 FR and improved 50 FR
Emma Kozloski improved 50 BK, 50 BR, 50 Fly and 50 FR
Maddox Krueger improved 50 BK, 50 BR, 50 Fly and 50 FR
Charlotte McNicoll improved 100 IM and 50 BK
Thomas McNicoll improved 100 IM, 200 FR, 50 BK, 50 BR and 50 Fly, earning a December State cut in the 50 BK
Madison Micke improved 50 BK, 50 BR and 50 FR
Gracelyn Mueller swam her first meet in the 25 FR and 25 BK
Sienna Nitke improved 200 BR
Mitchell Patterson swam his first meet in the 50 BK and 50 FR
Adrienne Rice improved 50 BK, 50 FR and 100 FR
Aila Rice improved 50 BK, 50 BR, 50 Fly and 50 FR
Michael Rowell improved 50 BK, 50 BR, 50 Fly and 50 FR
Kara Schmoll improved 100 IM, 100 BR, 100 Fly and 50 FR
Kate Schmoll improved 100 IM, 50 Fly, 100 BR, 100 Fly and 50 FR, the 100 IM, 50 and 100 Fly and 100 BR to team records for 11-12.
Erin Schuch improved 50 BK, 50 BR, 50 Fly and 500 FR
Katelyn Seder improved 500 FR, 100 BK, 100 Fly and 50 FR
Madison Seder improved 100 BK, 100 Fly, 100 FR, 50 FR and 500 FR
Grant Seeling swam his first meet in the 25 BK and 25 FR, and has in his first meet qualified for a State championship, the Winter State meet in December
Elizabeth Selissen swam a new 100 Fly and improved 500 FR
Parikshit Singh swam a new 50 FR and improved 50 BR
Maia Smet improved 100 BK, 100 Fly, 100 FR, 50 FR and 500 FR
Alex Smits improved 100 BK, 100 BR, 100 Fly, 100 FR and 500 FR
Kaylie Starks swam her first meet in the 50 FR, 25 FR and 25 BK
Charlie Van Gheem improved 50 BK
Barrett Van Laanen improved 100 IM, 200 FR, 50 BK, 50 Fly and 50 FR. His 100 IM and 50 Fly both qualify for Winter State
Kelly Vyskocil was on her times in the shorter events, and as she gets more into her training will improve more.
Alivia Wallace swam her first meet in the 25 BK and 25 FR
Brady Wallace improved 50 BK, 50 Fly and 50 FR
Addison Warych improved 100 IM, 200 FR, 50 BK, 50 BR, 50 Fly and 50 FR
Sofia Williams swam her first meet in the 50 FR, 25 FR and 25 BK
Ashly Zeal swam a new 100 BR and 100 Fly and improved 100 IM, 200 FR, 100 FR and 50 FR
As we have a new season, we put out an eligibility list for the qualifying meets we will participate in.
WGLO, November 22-24 at Brown Deer (commitments already received, we might not be able to get any new entries)
10 & U Boys
Barrett Van Laanen
10 & U Girls
Arena Mid-Season Showdown, December 6-8 at Waukesha South High School
10 & U Boys
Barrett Van Laanen
10 & U Girls
12 & U State Single Age Championships, December 14-15 at Brown Deer
8 & U Boys
Age 9 Boys
Barrett Van Laanen
Age 10 Boys
Age 11 Boys
Age 10 Girls
Age 12 Girls
A+ Invitational, January 31-February 2 at Brown Deer
8 & U Boys
12 & U State, February 28-March 1 at Brown Deer (based on 2019 time standards, which will be adjusted soon)
13 & O State, March 5-8 at Pleasant Prairie (also based on 2019 time standards)