August 10, 2012
The Northern Kentucky Clippers are being represented very strongly at the US OPENS. In order to swim at the US Opens this summer you had to swim an Olympic Trials qualifying time. Clippers are the only team in the Tri-State area with swimmers reaching finals.
Max Williamson - Max is finishing off his summer in big fashion. So far he has finished 12th in the 200 breaststroke by going a 2:15.06. This time puts him as the 6rd fastest 18&under in the United States putting him on the Junior National Team for the 2nd year in a row. Max topped this performance by finishing 7th in the 400 IM. His time of 4:22.29 puts him 5th overall in the United States for 18&unders. Today Max swam an off event to better his overall swimming. His 200 free did not qualify for finals but it was a best of 1:54. On Saturday Max will finish off with the 200 IM. Both of Max's (200breast and 400IM) broke his previous Ohio LSC records.Update - Max finished off his week finishing 9th in the 200 IM. It came down to the final stroke into the wall and because of the work Max has put into working his finishes he out-touched the competition going another lifetime best time. Way to go Max on a perfect meet!!! Max's times in the 200 IM and 400 would have finished in the Top 16 at Olympic Trials and his time in the 200 breast would have been top 25.
Cory Chitwood - Cory came home immediately after Olympic trials to get to work on preparing for a better swim than he did at Olympic trials. After tweeking his stroke and gaining a great deal of confidence in his swimming Cory went a lifetime best time in his 200 backstroke (1:57.4). This bettered his trials time of 2:00 and places him 21st in the World. Cory will swim the 200 IM on Saturday where he will attempt a top 16 time in the World.Update - Cory finished off his meet with a great swim in the 200 IM. Cory finished 3rd overal in the event and just missed his lifetime best time, His time would have qualified Top 16 at Olympic trials. "It was a good swim, I am happy with that...I wanted to go faster but it was still a good swim" commented Chitwood immediately after the race.
Ellen Williamson - Ellen is representing her college team but as we always say Once a Clipper.....Always a Clipper. Ellen has had some remarkable swims as well finishing 6th in the 200 Backstroke blazing to an amazing 2:12. Yesterday she went a lifetime best in her 100 fly going a 1:00.78 and finished 13th. Today Ellen finished top 8 in her 100 backstroke blazing to a 1:01 in prelims.
Emily Bruenemann - As many of you know Emily has been home off and on over the last year. This past week she came home to prepare for the 800 freestyle in hopes of going a fast time. All though it was a very fast time 8:46, Emily fell short of her goal. It was a tough thing to do after swimming a 10k race only days before her swim. "The body has a tough time recovering from swims like that". It is always great to have Emily home to train and assist with the National group.