Send Off For Our Graduating Seniors

Stan & Margaret Baker

Jenna Newkirk, Head Coach Andy Niemann, Manna Nelson, and Blythe Iverson.  Not Pictured:  Kennedy Philbrick  (Photo courtesy of Tami Wilson)

 

Excerpts from Coach Andy's remarks about our amazing Seniors:

 

After all my years of coaching, one thing never changes.  It is always hard to say goodbye to our seniors.  They have been with the team for years and have made so many contributions to the team.  You will all always be a part of MACS!

Jenna Newkirk

Jenna is one of the best swimmers in the state.  She finished 2nd in the 1650 at state, qualified for Futures and made Junior Camp.  She had a great sectional meet in Austin in 2016 and swam at Zones.  Jenna really helped create a more positive environment within Sectionals.  Jenna had many opportunities to swim in college, but unfortunately, she developed tendinitis in her shoulders and decided to not pursue the opportunities.  Jenna is going to the University of Arizona.  I will miss seeing and talking to Jenna.

Manna Nelson

Manna is one of the hardest working, determined swimmers I have had.  She attended almost every practice the past 5 years.  She is a many time state finalist in the distance free.  She is a Sectional finalist, medaled at Austin Sectionals, and is very close to making Futures in the 1000. I will miss Manna a lot next year.  Manna is going to attend Seattle University and will swim there.

Blythe Iverson

Blythe is one of the top distance swimmers in the state over the past 5 years.  She has been in the finals at High School State in the 500 free several times and recently picked up the 200 Fly.  Blythe has also been at several Sectional meets.  Blythe has worked very hard and was able to hit goals she set for herself.  I will miss our daily conversations and laughs.  Blythe is going to Trinity College in San Antonio and will swim there.

Kennedy Philbrick

Kennedy came to MACS 2 years ago and I feel like I am still getting to know her.  Switching teams is never easy, but Kennedy was a good fit.  Kennedy made Sectional trips with the team to Arizona, Portland, and Seattle.  She was able to reach several of her goals.  She brought a lot to the team and I am happy she joined MACS.  Kennedy is going to Seattle University this Fall and will swim.