2018 Season Wrap-up


Swimmers & Families,

Coach Holly:  It’s the end of the season, and what a season it was!  We ended up in a three-way tie at the Divisional Meet and in our Division 3 overall.  When I look back on the season, things that stand out to me are things like Abby Losquadro’s last swim for Braddock, a 50 Fly.  We will miss her determination to never give up. And the improvement made by Maddox Hartner, from having to be helped out on his first race of the season to being willing to swim the last relay under awful weather conditions so he wouldn’t let down his teammates.  These swimmers  are examples of the reason I love the Braddock Heights Swim Team – kids overcoming their own adversities and contributing to the team.   Bravo, Barracudas!!   I hope to see you next year!

Coach Robby:  Awesome last meet and season!  It was great to have everyone working hard and it showed throughout the season!  I’m excited to see what next year has in store for us.  Have a great rest of your summer!

Coach Reilly:  Can’t believe the season is over already!  Way to finish the last meet strong!  I couldn’t have asked for a better group of kids or families this year.  So proud of what everyone accomplished this season and I can’t wait to see how much everyone grew next year!  Enjoy the rest of your summer and have a fabulous school year, Barracudas!

Coach Kayla:  Congratulations on a job well done, Barracudas!  I’m beyond proud of everyone who put forth their best effort, both at practice and during swim meets.  It makes me so happy to see the kids’ enthusiasm every day.  I loved working with all of the kids and watching them improve each week.  I hope to see everyone back next year!  Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Coach Lizzie:  All-Stars was the cherry on top of a fantastic season!  All the kids did amazing, and I couldn’t be prouder.  I’m going to miss each and every one of the swimmers, and I can’t wait ‘til next season!  Go Barracudas!

Coach Josh:  What a season, everyone!  I’m so proud of everyone for working hard this entire season.  I’ve been on this team for eight years now and this has definitely been my favorite.  This season was the most fun and unquestionably the most rewarding!!  It has been such a honor to coach al of you guys!!  I’m so grateful to all of the parents and swimmers for really making this a fun season.  I hope to see everyone next year – I can’t wait!!

Swimmers of the Week July 16-20 were Hunter Sakoian, Adam Baird, Eva Turner, Brianna Remsburg, Alex Smith, Campbell Caldwell, Brian Khin, and  Bea Vendemiatti.  Good job, swimmers!

New All-Star Qualifiers from the Divisional Meet were Abby Brower in the 100 IM and Josh Baird in the 100 Free.

MVP swimmers earning the most points in their age groups for the entire season were:

6-Under  Gigi Gordon and Oliver Wolf

8-Under Leah Harshman and Jonah Starck

9-10  Maddie Harshman and Adam Baird

11-12  Abby Brower and Alex Smith

13-14  Campbell Caldwell and Freddy Kolias

15-18  Kayla Burgess and Josh Baird

At the Team Awards Luncheon, we handed outCoaches’ Choice Awards to  Caden Hoshina, Abby Losquadro, Campbell Caldwell & Trevor Lyons. This award is voted on by coaches for swimmers who stand out to us positively throughout the entire season.   Congratulations, swimmers!

Graduating or Aging-out Barracudas this year are Josh Baird, Everett Brown, Kayla Burgess and Abby Losquadro.  We wish you all the best!

All-Star Meet Results – We had 16 swimmers compete in the All-Star Meet.   All 16 had season best times in one or more events.  Ten swimmers had season best times in ALL of their events: Adam, Nikola, Alex, Hugh, Amaya, Jonah, Ava, Cami, Leah & Luke.  One or more season bests were Abby (1), Maddy (1), Josh (2), Campbell, (2), Kayla Hodor (3).   Kayla Burgess finished out her BHST career with 3 out of her 4 races being season bests.   All of the swimmers did a fantastic job!  I’m so proud of you!

Here are ourTop 10 Finishers

Adam Baird  25 BR 5th,  50 FR & 100 IM 7th, 25 BK 8th

Josh Baird 50 BR 4th, 100 IM 7th, 100 FR 9th0

Kayla Burgess  50 FR 3rd, 50 BR 4th, 100 FR 5th, 50 Fly 7th

Campbell Caldwell 100 FR 5th, 50 FR 8th, 100 IM 9th

Ava Gordon 25 BR 8th

Leah Harshman 25 FR & 25 BR 8th

Maddy Harshman 25 BK 4th, 25 BR 7th, 100IM 10th

Cami Quinn 25 BR 6th

Jonah Starck 25 BR 3rd

Hugh Winchester-Dodman 25 & 50 FR 3rd, 25 BR 4th, 25 Fly 8th

Luke Yeatman 50 BR 9th

* * All-Star awards, team pictures, participation awards and meet ribbons  are all in the family box at the pool behind lifeguard desk.  Stop by in the next few weeks and pick them up at your convenience.  All-Star awards will be in the box on Monday * * 

Let me finish by thanking all of our parent volunteers, both on and off the Board for another great summer swim season.  Special thanks to our outgoing BHST President Pam Wilson for her many years of support & service, and welcome to our new BHST President Yanira Gordon.

Have a great summer!  Go Barracudas!

Coach Holly