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Despite the Covid-19 pandemic creating some scheduling problems across the country this spring, the Great Midwest Athletic Conference/Mountain East Conference Championships were held in Canton, Ohio from March 30th to April 2nd. For the second consecutive year, the Women’s title was claimed by Hillsdale College. SPA member Madison Pyhel, a sophomore at Hillsdale, made significant contributions to the victory. Athletes were allowed to compete in four individual events at the meet. Madison swam to four top 8 finishes, scoring 95 points for the team. She placed 6th in the 1000...

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2021 NCAA Championships Round-up By Joe Finke The last of the NCAA Championship meets for 2021 has concluded. Three SPA members competed in the NCAA Div. II, NCAA Div. I Women’s, and NCAA Div. I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, one member at each meet. Notes: All relays and the 1650 Freestyle were run as timed finals. All other events are run as prelims/finals with the top 8 out of prelims going into the championship final and 9th - 16th going into consolation finals. All swimmers in the championship final...

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OLYMPIANS TO SWIM AT ISCA'S SENIOR CUP! SwimSwam, March 16, 2021, https://swimswam.com/lochte-dressel-schooling-and-conger-all-entered-at-isca-senior-cup/ The International Swim Coaches Association’s (ISCA) International Senior Cup is attracting some top swimmers as they host their International Senior Cup next week in St. Petersburg, Florida. With the Tokyo Olympics slated to begin in four months, long course racing becomes more important as swimmers prepare for the various selection meets. For those swimmers who train as part of a university post-grad group, their coaches are focused more on the NCAA meets at this time of the year....

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Here is one more addition to our SPA swimmers in college - Rusty Jerger. NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships: The NCAA Division II Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships get under way this Wednesday, March 17th running though Saturday, March 20th in Birmingham, Alabama. The defending champion is Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina. SPA member Rusty Jerger is a freshman swimmer for Queens and will be competing at the meet. At the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships, Rusty swam exhibition in the 100 Yard and 200 Yard Butterfly events...

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College Conference Championships Recap: Southeastern Conference (SEC) Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships: The SEC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships were held February 17th to the 20th at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. SPA member Peyton Palsha competed in 2 relays and 3 individual events. A senior at the University of Arkansas, Peyton swam the lead-off leg on the 800 Yard Freestyle relay which finished 10th and the anchor leg on the 400 Yard Freestyle relay which finished 8th. Individually Peyton finished 3rd in the 500 Yard Freestyle, 5th...

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Congratulations to Sarah Lankford on her recent decision and here is the reprint of the article that appeared on SwimSwam yesterday: Sarah Lankford of Saint Petersburg Aquatics has verbally committed to Texas A&M for fall 2022. Lankford is a junior at Shorecrest Prep Academy in Florida. I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at Texas A&M University. I would like to thank my friends and teammates who have motivated me along the way, my coaches who have pushed me to be...

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St. Petersburg Aquatics is proud to announce the commitment of Ben Cote to swim at the University of Florida and of Mya Baker to swim at Loyola University of New Orleans! The University of Florida announced the news yesterday on their website with the following press release: The Florida men's swimming and diving program announced on Wednesday the signings of Ben Cote, David Fitch and Julian Smith as the Gators continue to bolster their 2021 signing class. Ben's accomplishments were listed as follows: Canadian Olympic Trials Qualifier U.S. Junior Nationals...

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SPA at the Trials Beginning in 1988, Saint Petersburg Aquatics has been represented at every version of the US Olympic Team Trials - Swimming. There have been nine Trials in that timeframe including the upcoming event in 2021. These are the athletes who swam for SPA or were still affiliated with SPA but were in college or were professionals at Trials. The Athletes 2000-2008 2000 – Indianapolis, Indiana In 2000, The Nat in Indianapolis hosted the US Olympic Team Trials – Swimming for the third consecutive time. The Olympic Games...

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The crazy, covid, social distancing, mask-wearing 2020 High School season drew to a close on November 15th and St. Petersburg Aquatics is proud to recognize our many participants in the FHSAA Swimming and Diving Finals. The meets took place over two weekends with 3A and 4A competing on the first weekend of the State Series and 1A and 2A competing on the second weekend. Of course, there was a hurricane, in November, to create enough of an issue to move the 1A meet from Friday to Sunday. That being said,...

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The Covid-19 pandemic forced USA Swimming to scatter the Toyota US Open Championships among nine (9) sites across the country, November 12th -14th . SPA swimmers competed at two of those sites, Des Moines, Iowa and Sarasota, Florida. Peyton Palsha, a senior at the University f Arkansas, competed at Des Moines in the 400m, 800m, and 1500m Freestyles and the 400 Individual Medley. She came away with three Olympic Trial cuts – the 400m Freestyle (4:15.91), the 800m Freestyle (8:47.63) and the 1500m Freestyle (16:42.79). Competing at Sarasota were Victor...