2018 - Year in Review
January 3, 2019
GREAT WORK IN 2018
Thank you all for a wonderful year of AGUA swimming. In 2018, AGUA swimmers, families, and coaches came together for countless acomplishments. Isabel Gormley, Allen Hinckley, Dylan Porges, Dylan Rhee, and Sophia Zhang led the way when they posted world top 100 times in their respective events.
Gormley followed this by qualifying for the United States Junior National Team after swimming the fourth-fastest 18-and-under 400 IM in the country and setting a Metropolitan swimming record. She combined with Rhee for a total of four Metropolitan records this year, while our swimmers also broke 36 individual and eight relay AGUA team records.
The new marks came courtesy of Diana Bates, Gormley, Hinckley, Inez Olszewski Charlotte Krevitt, Audrey Orange, Porges, Tristan Pragnell, Rhee, Levi Skaistis, Dylan Zhang and Sophia Zhang.
These athletes joined forces with the entire AGUA program to earn USA Swimming Silver Medal Club Status. The honor is awarded to the top swim teams in the country. With over 4,000 teams competing, AGUA took home a 31st-place ranking, improving on our 67th and 74th-place finishes in 2017 and 2016, respectively.
Bates, Gormley, Krevitt, Orange, Porges, Rhee, Adell Sabovic, and Sophia Zhang also earned national honors with their efforts in the classroom. The group achieved USA Swimming Scholastic All American status by racing to a Winter Junior Nationals Cut while holding a 3.5 GPA. Sabovic also teamed up with Emma Feld to represent AGUA and Metropolitan Swimming at the 2018 Eastern Zone Select Camp. Swimmers are selected for the camp based on their individual event rank compared to other swimmers in the Eastern Zone.
In local competition, Head Coach David Rodriguez was named Metropolitan Swimming Senior Coach of the Year after our men's team won the 2018 Long Course Senior Metropolitan Championship team title. Porges won the high-point award at the meet while Skaistis did likewise at the 2018 Long Course Junior Olympic Championships.
Skaistis was one of 14 swimmers who tallied 19 Metropolitan Junior Olympic titles across three different age groups this year. Other victories were won by Bodie Abdelraham, Alex Babej, Justice Carrenard, Iain Fulnecky, Adam Imam, Chris Kim, Kai Kumeno, Alex MacLennan, Ethan Park, Harrison Pire, Pragnell, Alex Tollit, and Heidi Wu.
Congratulations to all of our swimmers on a fun and successful year of swimming! We saw countless personal bests, new championship qualifiers, skill progressions and so much more. Thank you to all who helped support our team. We are looking forward to another great year in 2019!