January 27, 2016
HOT news release: 1-25-16
Twelve local swimmers from the HOT (Heart of Texas) Swim Team competed against 844 other south Texas swimmers on Sunday, 24 January at Palo Alto College in San Antonio. Palo Alto Natatorium was originally built to host the 1992 Olympic Trials and is one of five pools in south Texas which can support a large ‘Open’ meet on a one day venue. Our local swimmers can be very proud of attaining 76% ‘Best Times’ overall for the meet. This meet was designed to help swimmers qualify for the regional “BB” Championship. Those swimmers with “B” times, who just needed to reduce their times a few seconds or one hundredths of a second, could swim their favorite events. Since the venue was an “open” to all registered USAS swimmers, over 23 South Texas Teams showed up with a record number of swimmers.
Coach Carr reported the following results:
Ellah Rose Brillhart (10) secured four ‘Best Times’ out of the five events she participated in. She also was part of the ‘Mixed 200 Free Relay Team’ which won 5th place.
Anna Kate Goodson (10) placed second in her 500 Free cutting 24 seconds from her previous ‘BB’ time. She picked up ‘Best Times’ in all four events plus swimming anchor for the 5th place team 200 Mixed Free Relay team.
Elijah Junker (10) swam two ‘Best Times’ at the meet and led off the 200 Mixed Free Relay with a 33.25 second ‘Best Time’ swim.
Ella Junker (14) swam three strong events within seconds of her previous record “A” & “AA” times.
Leah Junker (8) swam two new ‘Best Time’ events in her 50 Breast and 50 Free.
Maeve Junker (16) was very close to breaking her previous “A” & “AA” times. This week, Maeve will represent Our Lady of the Hills high school in their District competition.
Cassidy Kothmann (7) captured three ‘Best Times’ in her very first USAS swim meet. She swam the 50 Fly, 50 Back and 50 Free.
Antonio Martinez (13) set five ‘Best Times’ in the 100 Back, the 200 IM (Individual Medley) and the 100 Breast. Antonio also qualified for the “BB” championship with his performance in the 50 and 100 Freestyle.
Diego Martinez (9) set all five events with new ‘Best Times’ at the meet.
Nichlas Mikosh (10) also set five new ‘Best Times’ for the five events swam.
Anthony Runnels (10) made huge improvements (‘Best Times’) in three of the four events swam. Some confusion on deck led to his missing his fourth event.
George Stenberg (9) garnered three ‘Best Times’ and a new “B” time in his 200 Free. George also swam in the fifth place 200 Mixed Free Relay.
The HOT Team will be sending five of the nine swimmers who qualified for the “BB” Championship to the University of Incarnate Word Natatorium on February 5 through 7th.
The Heart Of Texas Swim Team currently practices each afternoon after school from 4:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the HCM Wellness Center fitness pool. Head Coach Al Carr has coached the team for the last 23 years and now has two very talented former swimmers as assistant coaches; Mercedes Stenberg (Silver Squad coach) and Ariana Anderson (Bronze Squad coach). “The strength of our team performance at this meet was from our young swimmers coached by Coach Stenberg and Anderson. The preponderance of ‘Best Time’ swims were from the younger swimmers. I am so proud of the improvements that they made. Their coaches made the difference. These young swimmers demonstrated the self-confidence to execute their personal swimming goals. Success is what youth thrive on and the sport of swimming focuses their energy into productive accomplishments. They are learning a sport which can be enjoyed for life” concluded Coach Carr.
Questions? Contact Coach Carr: 997-1886