Junior Nationals Come To A Close

Junior Nationals Come To a Close.
The Clippers shine on the final day. It included 3 top 8 finishes(Krissie Brandenburg, Caitlyn Forman and Ellen Williamson) and two bonus heat swims(Shane Coltharp and Mary Bank).
Krissie Brandenburg’s  3rd place finish in the 50 backstroke earned her a spot on the NCSA All-Star Team that will travel to Dublin, Ireland at the end of April.
As a team we finished a combined 12th place out of over 100+ teams and 6th place by our girls.

Swimmers at Finals
Krissie Brandenburg –
also finished 4th in the 100 backstroke, 13th in 200 backstroke and was a part of the 5th place 200 medley relay, 7th place 200 free and 400 free relays.

Caitlyn Forman - was right behind Krissie with a 4th place finish in the 50 backstroke. Caitlyn also finished 10th in her 100 backstroke, 9th in the 200 back and was a part of the 5th place 200 medley relay and 7th place 200 free relays.
Ellen Williamson - was out lightening quick in her 200 IM and finished a very impressive 5th place as she climbed onto the podium for her 7th top 8 finish (4th 200 back, 8th 100 fly, 8th 100 back, 5th 200 IM, 8th 50 fly and was a part of the 5th place 200 medley relay, 7th place 400 free relay). She also finished 15th in 400 IM, prelim finish of 24th 200 fly and 10th in 800 free relay. This is a Clipper’s record for most points scored by a female in Junior National Championships and it placed her 8th place in high point for the meet.

Shane Coltharp - finished out his Junior National Meet with an exciting 19th place finish in his 200 IM. Shane qualified for finals in 4 individual events(200 IM, 500 Free, 200 Back and a 12th place finish in the 400 IM). He also helped the Clippers men claim a 16th place finish in the 800 free relay.

Mary Bank – Went out in style tonight in her 50 free. She stormed passed the competition in D Final to win the heat with a best time of :23.77 .Mary also climbed onto the podium with two top 8 finishes in relays(200 free and 400 free). She qualified to swim 2 individual events(50 fly and 50 back) at night as well.


I don’t want to forget to mention all of the swimmers who participated this week. This group of swimmers is the largest group of swimmers we have ever taken to Junior Nationals.  Conner Downard, Spencer Franzoi, Cole Garriott, Ryan Haas, Molly Hinken, Brooke Schutte, Melissa Thurman, Rob Walsh and Max Williamson added many great moments to the meet through the week as well.
All of our swimmers were very supportive of each other through the goods and the bads. You would think after a week of living with each other they would be tired of one another and the pool and ready to get home. Nope…Instead they choose to get fast food for dinner and come back and hang out at the hotel pool. I am sure the 3:30 am wake-up call will not be met with the smiling faces we see right now but we do know this group of swimmers all worked together to raise the bar even higher for the future. As a coach it is exciting to hear goals coming out of the younger swimmers for next year’s meet.

I want to thank the parents who helped with the trip this week. Martha Coltharp and Kenny Williamson for organizing the food for the team. Cindy Williamson for all her help in the kitchen and assisting the chef. Linda Meier, for her help in the kitchen and her driving skills. Bob Garriott, Tami Garriott and Jill Forman for the help with set-up of food. To all of the parents those present and those back home for making this trip possible and all of your support of our athletes.


Next up – We have Sharli Brady, Lilly Morgan and KayLee Witkiewicz attending the Speedo Sectional Championships. This meet will be the final meet of a very successful season for ALL CLIPPERS!!!