Ad Astra Takes First Place

Patrick Norman

Our Senior group had a fantastic performance at the MVS Senior Championships this past weekend. Our team placed 4th overall and 1st on the girls side. That shows some real strength and depth! AAAA won all the girl’s relays, setting a new Team Record in the 400 Medley Relay. All the AAAA relays scored team points and each girl competed on at least one relay or more. Lucy Velte also had a 13-14 Team Record in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 55.90. Rebecca Pickert won 2nd overall highpoint for the Girls.


All Championship Team Members and the Top 16 Finishes


Mara Bare – 1000Fr (4th)

Elizabeth Engelbrecht – 100Fly (6th), 50Fr (8th), 200Bk (7th), 100Fr (16th), 200Fr (10th)

Gayla Gao – 100Bk (14th

Grayson Hurley

Giuliano Lule-Paredes

Halle McCullough – 200IM (5th), 100Fr (15th), 200Fr (17th)

Molly Nuckolls – 1650 (3rd)

Sam Packard – 400IM (3rd), 100Br (2nd), 100Bk (7th)

Ruth Perez – 200Br (7th)

Rebecca Pickert – 100Fly (1st), 50Fr (3rd), 200Bk (1st), 100Bk (3rd)

Amelia Rockhold

Lucy Velte – 50Fr (1st), 100Fr (3rd), 100Bk (1st)

Avery Walz – 100Fly (15th), 50Fr (10th), 100Fr (4th), 500Fr (1st), 200Fr (1st)

Tauren Walz – 200Br (1st), 200IM (10th), 200Fr (9th)

Bradie Ward – 100Fr (1st), 100Bk (2nd)

Maximilian Whittaker

Jocelyn Wilson – 400IM (6th)


Loved seeing all the team support and cheering this weekend! Let’s keep it rolling into the rest of Championship Season. Go AAAA!


Ad Astra Area Aquatics is the exclusive club team affiliated with the Lawrence Swim School. Bridge groups and beginning swim team groups are offered through Ad Astra Area Aquatics as a continuation of lessons taken at the Lawrence Swim School. These groups run at both the Farm Pool and the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center. 

Coach Katie Price, Coach Patrick Norman, and other staff members of the Lawrence Swim School coach, teach and swim exclusively for Ad Astra Area Aquatics. Swimmers interested in taking the next step in their swim journey can contact Coach Katie at (785) 766-7423 or Coach Patrick at (785) 331-6940.