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!