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Day 3 at AAAs
Day 3 at AAAs Another exciting day at AAAs. There were so many best times and exciting swims that I will only mention a few of the highlights. Our Para swimmers, Andrew Cooke and Avery Newton, have been swimming up a storm. AAAs is a great meet for them to prepare for their CanAm (Canada and Americas) meet in early April, in Minnesota. CanAms is one of the few stand alone Para meets and it runs a full program of Para events, including heats and finals . . . Just like AAAs. Para swimmers are given a classification based on their disability. When they swim, their time is given a joint score so they can 'race' swimmers with different classifications. Avery won gold in the 100 fly and bronze medals in the 200 Free and 100 back. By a fingernail . . . You begin to realize the importance of details and why coaches insist on the smallest details of the strokes. Payton Nackoney had an amazing 100 free tonight, improving on her best time by 0.5s (when you are swimming 1:00.49, a half second is a big deal). She missed winning a bronze medal by 0.13s. Sam Lasinski also had a great evening. He placed second in the 200 breast, went a best time by 3s, even though he missed his final pull-out . . . But he missed his Age Group National time by four one hundredths of a second. Congratulations to both Payton and Sam on their successes!