January 22, 2019
It has been a year since I took over as head coach and my theme for the last 12-months has been to “put RENO back on the map.” After this past weekend, I can confidently say we have achieved this.
Between our 21 swimmers at Washington Open and the 44 swimmers at the Blizzard Blast in Carson City, we had tremendous success in the pool. But what is more exciting is the positive culture of the team. I heard from Coach Susan and Coach Vanessa that our swimmers in Carson were cheering their teammates on, having fun and smiling, and racing hard. In Washington, our swimmers grew closer as teammates and friends. They had an awesome experience they’ll remember forever – that is what this sport is all about!
It is no secret that our practice lanes are the most crowded and we have less than ideal workout times…but our swimmers don’t use that as an excuse. Our improvement rate this past year has been tremendous, and the coaching staff is motivated to keep getting better.
As we move into year two, the theme will be “Get Better Each Day” … Yes, we had a successful year, but we are just getting started! It is important not to become complacent and settle with the results we had over the last 12-months. Rather, the swimmers and coaches need to strive to get a little bit better every day. One great practice is not going to lead to amazing results, but a year’s worth of great practice will!
Please read through this week’s email for important information.
Washington Open Recap
21 swimmers from our Senior and National groups competed in Federal Way, WA for the 43rd annual Washington Open. There were 1,284 swimmers and 82 teams at the meet. RENO finished in 14th place in the team scoring! Overall, our swimmers had a 60% best time rate which is very good for senior-level swimmers.
Every single swimmer had a successful swim throughout the weekend. A few notable highlights include:
Emma Karam set the ALL-TIME Reno Aquatic Club 200 backstroke record with a 1:58.25. She broke Sarabeth Schweitzer’s record (1:58.60) from 1998.
Katelyn Buono swam her first Futures time standard... she didn’t just get one, she achieved four cuts! Last year at this time, RENO had zero swimmers with Futures; we now have 3!
Nathan McAlister earned a Sectional cut in the 400 IM.
Jack Armbrecht, Katelyn Buono, Reese Hollinger, Julia Kennedy, Sam Lindley, and Ella Palmer achieved 100% best times at the meet.
The meet was a trials and finals meet. The top-24 in each event came back at night to swim in finals. Here’s the RENO swimmers and relays who finished in the top-24:
Katelyn Buono – 9th in the 200 back, 13th in the 200 IM, 18th in the 100 back, 17th in the 400 IM
Emma Karam – 2nd in the 200 back, 3rd in the 100 back, 9th in the 200 free, 15th in the 500 free, 17th in the 100 free
Nathan McAlister – 11th in the 400 IM and 22nd in the 200 IM
Aidan Pflieger – 18th in the 1650 free
Alexia Taylor-Arredondo – 18th place in the 50 free
Women 200 free relay (Taylor-Arredondo, Hollinger, E. Aramini, Trevithick) – 11th place
Women 400 free relay (Karam, Taylor-Arredondo, E. Aramini, Trevithick) – 6th place
Women 800 free relay (Buono, Karam, Taylor-Arredondo, Trevithick) – 3rd place
Women 200 medley relay (Karam, Abrigonde, Taylor-Arredondo, Trevithick) – 12th place
Women 400 medley relay (Palmer, Abrigonde, Crain, Taylor-Arredondo) – 22nd place
Men 400 free relay (McLean, McAlister, Pflieger, Lindley) – 18th place
Men 800 free relay (McLean, McAlister, Lindley, Pflieger) – 9th place
Swim of the meet – I usually don’t do a swim of the meet, because we have so many worthy candidates, but I wanted to recognize Claire Trevithick for her outstanding 500 freestyle.
Claire’s best time in the 500 was from 2 years ago. The closest she had been to that time was 9 seconds from Far Westerns last year. While in this “best time plateau,” Claire could have easily given up -- she didn’t. Instead, she was persistent, consistent, and trusted the process over the last year. She ended up going 5:12.70 in the 500 and got a best time by 2 full seconds. Way to go, Claire!
A big thank you to Kendra Follett and Scott and Grant Trevithick for being chaperones on this meet. They were an outstanding help in shuttling swimmers, picking up food, posting vidoes and pictures on Facebook, and organizing our fun day in Seattle. The swimmers, Melanie, and I greatly appreciate it. Thank you!
Blizzard Blast Recap
Coach Erin, Coach Melanie, and I were very bummed we weren’t able to attend the Blizzard Blast and watch all the outstanding performances. A big thank you to Coach Susan and Coach Vanessa for coaching all the swimmers this weekend.
RENO had a phenomenal meet in Carson City. There were countless best times and many of our swimmers competed in their first meet. Several swimmers picked up new JO and Nevada State cuts. As mentioned earlier, I was happy to hear reports of all the team cheering and fun the swimmers had.
A few of our highlights from the weekend include:
Angelo Aramini was the high-point winner for 9-10 boys. He won every event!
Marni Kraemer was the high-point runner-up for 9-10 girls. Very impressive since she is only 9!
Addison Clark, Ethan Daniels, Amelia Giambastiiani, Avery Jakubos, Stenson Perisho, and Kalia Ream had 100% best times.
RENO finished 3rd out of 13 teams!
We are very proud of all the swimmers who competed in Carson. I am looking forward to the Minden meet in February.
I have updated RENO’s top-10 times list after this weekend. Click here to access the lists. Congratulations to the following swimmers who achieved top-10 times last weekend:
Marni Kraemer – 9th – 500 free
Amaya Aramini – 7th – 200 back
Lucy Platz – 7th – 200 breast
Emma Karam – 1st – 100 back; 1st – 200 back; 3rd – 200 free; 4th – 100 free; 5th – 500 free
Aidan Pfleiger – 6th – 1650 free; 7th – 1000 free; 9th – 200 IM; 10th – 200 free
Katelyn Buono – 2nd – 200 back; 3rd – 100 back; 8th – 400 IM; 9th – 200 IM
Emma Karam – 1st – 200 back; 3rd – 100 back
Katelyn Buono – 7th – 100 back; 8th – 200 back; 10th – 400 IM
Upcoming Practice Changes
On Monday, February 25th the high school swim season starts. This means several of the schools will be using Northwest Pool for practice from 3:00 - 4:15 PM. The tentative plan for our practice schedule will be to shift all practices 15 minutes later -- the start and end times.
Swim for Funds
If your child did not receive their Swim for Funds packet last week, please be sure he/she picks one up this week at practice.
There will be no parent education section this week. It will return next week.
Each week, I will post the “Parent Education” section on the website. Click here to read the archived articles.
Here are the upcoming meets for Reno Aquatic Club:
- February 8 – 10 – Douglas Dolfins Valentine's Day Invite / Minden, NV (all)
- March 3 – Zone All-Star Meet (those seleced)
- March 13 – 15 – Pacific 14-Under JO Meet (Qualification times needed – talk with coach to see if swimmer should attend)
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Thank you for your support.