November 5, 2013
The October IMX Meet was a festive event with heat winners getting mini pumpkins to take home. Swimmers raced their hearts out to get pumpkins and their best possible IM Xtreme or IM Ready score for the short course season.
Swimmers in the morning session were vying for IM Ready scores. IM Ready is the first step in USA Swimming's IM Challenge program. IM Ready consists of 5 shorter IM races. Once IM Ready events are completed by a swimmer, the swimmer can long into his/her Deck Pass on usaswimming.org to view how they rank against other swimmers on the Nova Swim Team.
Swimmers in the 2nd and 3rd sessions were competing in IM Xtreme (IMX) events. These are five or six events that are a little longer than the IM Ready events. Once these events are completed swimmers can long into Deck Pass and view their National, Zone, LSC, and Club ranking. Swimmers completing the IM Xtreme Challenge receive a certificate with their best ranking at the Nova Annual Awards Banquet.
The IM Challenge Program promotes well rounded swimmers and challenges them to be proficient in all 4 competitive strokes. This is a program in which the Nova Coaches strongly believe. You can read more about the program at this link: http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1720&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en-US
Owen Kao was recognized by swimswam.com as having one of twelve most notable swims of the weekend. You can read the article here: http://swimswam.com/swimswams-daring-dozen/
We would like to Thank our Nova Volunteers for making the meet a success. Everyone from the awesome hospitality, pool monitors, parking lot monitors to the pumpkin donators, pumpkins givers, and timers we simply cannot do this without you!
We would also like to Thank Canyons for coming down and adding a little friendly competition to the meet. Though it was not scored, it provided our swimmers with some great individual competition.
The following swimmers are ranked in the Top Ten Nationally for their age group for IM Xtreme after the meet:
Hunter Hitchens (1)
Erik Juliusson (8)
Jason Rodriguez (9)
Meagan Popp (3)
Tanner Pulice (6)
Bradley Spees (7)
Lastly, when asked to provide feedback, the Nova Coaches had the following to say:
Ken Lamont (Senior Gold II, Northwood):
Hunter Hitchens ranked #1 Nationally with his IMX score amongst 13 year old boys.
Adam Crossen (Senior Gold II, Soka):
Congrats to the following 3 swimmers from Soka Senior Gold II who scored over 4000 points in their IMX Rankings based on Age
Erik Juliusson- 4212
Jason Rodriguqez- 4189
Owen Kao- 4112
Joanna Mykkanen (Development, Woollett):
The 8-under Development Swimmers from Woollett swam well at the NOVA IMX meet. Coach Joanna, Coach Kylie, and Coach Anthony are proud of all the swimmers who participated and tried their best!
Congrats to our swimmers who competed in their 1st Meet with NOVA
The following swimmers successfully completed their first legal 100 IM:
4 swimmers achieved their ‘Blue’ times to move to the Sharks Group:
Swimmers with the biggest time drops (10 seconds or more):
Anagha Kondury dropped 19.64 seconds in the 100 IM
Josue Olague dropped 10.92 seconds in the 100 IM
Alexandra Pearson dropped 16.02 seconds in the 100 IM
Darren Phan dropped 10.41 seconds in the 100 IM
Larry Shi dropped 21.51 seconds in the 50 free
Ryan Xu dropped 11.57 seconds in the 100 IM
Samantha Yacker dropped 18.88 seconds in the 100 IM
Wendy Theders (Developmental, Soka):
This meet was all about the pumpkin! Race after race,
The 8 and unders dropped time in hopes of dominating
their heat and win a pumpkin. Luke Brehm (6) earned
blue times in the 25 and 50 free. He also achieved his
first 9-10 Red time in the 100 IM. Massimo Fezzi achieved
2 new Blue times in 25 Free and 25 breast and earned his
first 9-10 Red time in 100 IM. Linh Tran achieved a Blue
Time in the 25 back and Alexia Kurone-Gharibiam
earned a blue time in the 25 free by holding her breath
the entire lap!
The Bronze group swam fast and furious this weekend!
Jordan Mejia dominated the 9-10 division; she achieved
a Winter Invite in the 50 Back, a Summer J.O. in the
50 Breast, and a Blue time in the 100 IM! Christopher
Pang earned his fourth and fifth Red times in the 50 Back
and 100 IM. Chloe O'Connell broke 3 minutes in the 200 free
and posted the fastest time in her group!
Leslie Tomlinson (NovaIntro, Woollett):
The NovaIntro Swimmers proved how hard they've been working in practice at this meet. The group had been focusing on flip turns, and it was evident at this meet. The group will continue to fine tune the details of racing as we move on through the swim season.
-Nova Coaching Staff