July 11, 2012
Swimmers from all FAST groups raced well at our Blue Meet last weekend. Nineteen swimmers turned in lifetime bests in all of their races! Congratulations to David Karaguiozian, Annelise Petitt, Michael Toyos, Lauren Westphal, Hannah Frey, Yaya Jaievsky, Annika Johnson, Doug Johnson, Nicole Salladin, Kyle Wong, Katie Cho, Skyler Kao, Angie Mai, Lilly Mazzi, Evelyn McIlven, Sabrina Micu, Jisun Chin, Maddie Gorrie, and Christopher Micu!
Many of our Senior and Pre-Senior swimmers had tremendous drops in the distance freestyle events, a fantastic reflection of their hard work so far this summer. Emily Bautista led the way dropping 1 minute and 7 seconds in the 1500 Freestyle! Teammate Kelly Babigian dropped over 41 seconds in the same event and Mandy Schatz took off just under 53 seconds. Isabella Kearns dropped almost 12 seconds in her 1500 and qualified for JOs in the event. Amanda Lundstedt dropped over 43 seconds in the 400 Freestyle, getting under the 5:00 barrier for the first time, and Mariah Ames got closer to that mark taking off over 7 seconds in her swim. Sean Kao dropped nearly 8 seconds in the event turning in a solid 4:25.47. Gwendolyn Walter cut more than 30 seconds from her time in the 800 Freestyle, earning a Long Course entry time for the upcoming Sectional meet. Gwen also dropped just under 6 seconds in her 1500 Freestyle. Other great swims from our oldest swimmers were Ashley Beck's 11+ second drop in the 100 Backstroke, Sean Lundin's sub-2:30 200 Butterfly (a 4+ second drop), and Isabella Kearns' 16+ second drop in the 200 Butterfly for a final time of 2:33.92. Mick Olson dropped over 12 seconds in the 200 Breaststroke.
The 100 Breaststroke was an outstanding event for FAST's 12 & Under swimmers. Sabrina Micu led the way with an impressive 13+ second drop. Joseph Weissig took off nearly 12 seconds in his swim and David Konefsky dropped just over 11 seconds. Madeline Harkey improved her time by over 9 seconds and Lilly Mazzi dropped just under 9 seconds in her swim. Milla Freeman and Jeremy Cho also had great 100 Breaststrokes, each dropping over 5 seconds in the event. Jeremy also had great 100 Butterfly and 400 Freestyle races, taking off over 8 seconds in each! Another great 400 Freestyle was turned in by Annika Johnson who took off over 13 seconds. Sabrina Diaz had an awesome 400 IM, taking off over 14 seconds. Three swimmers had great IMs in the shorter 200 distance -- Hannah Frey (15+ second drop), Kyle Wong (12+ second drop), Madeline Harkey (9+ second drop), and Nicole Salladin (8+ second drop).
Great swimming, FAST! Keep up the good work!