Washington Open

Summir Case

Washington Open Review

Nine of our Dragons earned the opportunity to race at the Washington Open last weekend. This meet is a qualifying meet which means swimmers must hit time standards to attend. Our Dragons rested with a small decrease in yardage heading into this meet. They suited up and were ready for some great swimming. 

 

We entered 55 individual and relay races for this meet and left with 37 best times! Aden, Ryan, and Victoria raced into all best times for their individual events. Alex raced into 4 out of 6 best times, Hannah raced into 4 out of 5 best times, and Hudson raced into 3 out of 4 best times. All Dragons raced into at least 1 best time at this meet. One of the many exciting things from this meet for me was watching the reaction on each swimmer’s face as they looked up at the clock to see their new best time or see how close they got to their best time. 

 

Day 1

Hannah was the first Dragon to race and smashed her best time by 17 seconds in the 1000 free. She now has the 6th fastest time in Dragon history for 15&O girls.

 

Day 2

Prelims

Aden, Hudson, Trevor, and Ryan raced best splits in their 200 free relay and dropped over 2 seconds from their aggregate entry time. Aden’s best time, as the lead off, is the 2nd fastest time in Dragon history for 13-14 boys.
Aden raced into his best time for the 200 IM dropping over 4 seconds and is now the 3rd fastest 13-14 boy in Dragon history.

Alex swam a lifetime best in the 200 back by 3 seconds and is now the 4th fastest 15&O girl in Dragon history. Ryan attacked the 200 back with aggressive splits which chopped off 7.5 seconds from his previous best time. He now has the 9th fastest time in Dragon history for 15&O boys.

Everyone raced the 50 free and best times were swum by: Aden, Hannah, Hudson, Trevor, Ryan, and Victoria.

Finals - both 400 medley relays raced into best times (boys -7 seconds and girls -1.5 seconds) from their aggregate entry time (individual best times added up for the entry time).

 

Day 3

Prelims

200 medley relays both went best times. Luci, Alex, Victoria, and Kenzie raced for the girls relay and Trevor, Hudson, Ryan, and Aden raced for the boys relay.

We had 5 best times in the 100 fly: Trevor dropped 4 seconds, Ryan dropped over 2 seconds, Alex now has the 10th fastest time in Dragon history for 15&O girls, Victoria now has the 10th fastest time in Dragon history for 13-14 girls, and Aden now has the 7th fastest time in Dragon history for 13-14 boys. 

Dragons crushed the 200 free with very aggressive races. Hannah dropped 5 seconds and now has the 9th fastest time in Dragon history for 15&O girls; Victoria dropped 4 seconds and now has the 10th fastest time in Dragon history for 13-14 girls; Aden dropped 3 seconds and now has the 3rd fastest time in Dragon history for 13-14 boys; and Ryan shaved 

Alex, Luci, and Kenzie raced into best times in the 100 breast. Alex is now has the 6th fastest time in Dragon history for 15&O girls.

Finals - 400 free relays were very exciting. Hannah (-2.4 seconds) and Hudson (-2.9 seconds) led of the relays with their best time. Trevor, Ryan, and Aden followed with their fastest 100 free relay splits and their relay dropped 8 seconds of their aggregate entry time. 

 

Day 4

Aden crushed his 100 back best time by 5 seconds and hit his first NW Age Group Regional cut! He now has the 2nd fastest time in Dragon history for 13-14 boys. Ryan sliced over 3 seconds off his best time and is now has the 10th fastest time in Dragon history for 15&O boys. Victoria sliced 1 second off her 100 back and now has the 7th fastest time in Dragon history for 13-14 girls. 

Hudson raced the 200 breast with an aggressive first 100 split just 1 second off his 100 best time and dropped 2 seconds off his best time in the 200. He now has the 4th fastest time in Dragon history for 13-14 boys.

Our last event of the meet was the 100 free. Alex broke 55 and was thrilled! She now has the 3rd fastest time in Dragon history for 15&O girls. Trevor took 1.6 seconds off, Ryan took 1.3 seconds off, and Aden took 1 second off their best times in the 100. Aden now has the 2nd fastest time in Dragon history for 13-14 boys.

 

Not only did our Dragons throw down great races, they carried themselves at a high level of sportsmanship throughout the 4 day meet. Championship style meets (prelims/finals) are a challenge, mentally and physically, to be prepared before and after each race. Our swimmers did well and I was very proud to see solid racing on all 4 days! As teammates, they supported each other and were genuinely excited for their teammates success with individual events and the relays. It was really fun to watch as they got pumped up and cheered each other on. 

 

We continued the team dinner tradition at Jasmine Mongolian Grill having fun together while we enjoyed an amazing meal.

 

 

On the last day I asked each swimmer to reflect on this meet with two highlights - 1) individual and 2) team

Swimmer’s Reflections: Individual Highlights

Aden - One thing that went good for me was being there with my team and not making me stressed about every race. I also loved how supportive the team was to me being at my biggest meet so far in my swimming career and I can’t wait to see what holds in the future.

Alex - Great weekend of swims, 4 best times (200 back, 100 fly, 100 breast, and 100 free), happy & excited throughout, and really good meet overall.

Hannah - My personal highlight of this weekend was the energy I felt while swimming my longer events, and being able to push through the pain and channel it into aggressive swims that would help me accomplish goals I didn’t even know I had until this weekend.

Hudson - This meet’s biggest surprise was getting a 55.4 in my 100 freestyle and the fact that I couldn’t have done it without the pressure of a relay behind me. 

Kenzie - I went a best time in the 100 breast.

Luci - One of my biggest accomplishments of the weekend was my 200 free. I’m really happy about that swim and I felt it was very strong. I am excite to swim it again!

Ryan - Going 100% best times, especially some of those BTs were exactly 1 year old. And also tying for 1st in final race in lane 8.

Trevor - My personal highlight for the Washington Open was when I went a 24 second 50 free. I have been trying to break 25 for over a year and it is awesome to finally be there 

Victoria - I went a 57.6 in the 100 free split of the 400 free relay

 

Swimmer’s Reflections: Team Highlights

Aden - Some things that went well with the team was how we all were watching the super fast swimming in finals and just how fast everybody was swimming!!

Alex - Everyone was very supportive, relays went really well, and high/happy attitudes consistently, even when we were very tired and cranky.

Hannah - As a team, my favorite part of the meet was the relays. During every relay, everyone pumped each other up and made sure each personal split, and overall time, was recognized and celebrated.

Hudson - Overall, the meet was exciting, the team dinner was fun. The team was supportive too, and I enjoyed hanging out.

Kenzie - Cheering each other on and the team dinner was a great bonding experience.

Luci - I think as a team we did really well on congratulating each other on all of our accomplishments this weekend. And we did really good cheering each other on which is huge! I’m really proud of all the FG swimmers who swam this weekend!

Ryan - Watching my relay mates go crazy times with me in our 400 free really and annihilating out BT!

Trevor - A highlight with my team this meet was during the 400 free relay when my relay dropped 8 seconds, and i also went a best time in that relay. Our overall positivity and support of each other is what helped make it an awesome race. 

Victoria - We were together a lot more and I felt a lot closer with the team than I did before the meet.